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By AnnChown  
We went to Eastbourne Airbourne yesterday afternoon and I took over 700 images (and deleted most of them). My lens isn't really big enough, but I had great fun trying to get something for my first attempt at planes so there will probably be a few more weedy attempts to come. I like this one because of the vapour trail as much as for the plane which was part of the SWIP Team. I shot it in shutter priority at 1/250 - wasn't sure if this was the right speed to use...
Thanks for looking!
Thanks for your response to Centre Stage yesterday - I was overwhelmed as I wasn't sure about the image - so very special thanks to Carol (gingerdelight) and to Bob (cabbie) for their precious UAs!! Smile

Tags: Plane Transport Aeroplane Airshow Eastbourne airbourne SWIP Team Sports and action

Voters: SlowSong, martin.w, helenlinda and 50 more

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helenlinda Plus
15 374 22 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 7:12PM
Well done you SmileSmile
Love the falling pink trails and I like the curve and how you have placed the plane in the picture - so much for having the biggest lens - you need to be able to compose a picture too SmileSmile
AnnChown 13 207 1 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 7:14PM
Thanks for your lovely encouragement Helen! Smile It was difficult!
11 Aug 2012 7:23PM
have to agree with Helen nice one and you had fun hard to beat

Badgerfred 16 39 Wales
11 Aug 2012 7:31PM
Excellent capture and a nice composition Ann,
CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
11 Aug 2012 7:38PM
A super image, Ann, excellent detail, well done on catching the movement of the propellor blades, too Smile Carol
jdinne 20 16 England
11 Aug 2012 8:12PM
Superb capture Ann, excellent.

RonnieAG Plus
13 154 119 Scotland
11 Aug 2012 8:44PM
Well, for a first attempt you have done pretty well, Ann, a fine shot of the plane and smoke trail. nicely composed within the frame.
Jasper87 Plus
13 3.3k 165 England
11 Aug 2012 9:23PM
The plane on the intersection of thirds and a lovely arcing vapour trail. Looks preety good to me. (Think he needs his engine looking at, seems to be burning an awful lot of noise!)

pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2289 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 9:42PM
Most has been said, Ann....composition, propeller movement, etc, all excellent. I like the curve and colour of the trail and the co-operative clear blue sky.
franken Plus
20 5.7k 4 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 10:36PM
Well captured Ann.

EAS 14 1 13 Scotland
12 Aug 2012 12:40AM
A very well composed and captured image. Impressed that I can even read the writing on the plane's wings!

mikbee 16 3 8 Scotland
12 Aug 2012 12:55AM
A fine shot Ann,
with the smoke against the clear sky.
Good one.
12 Aug 2012 3:54AM
Nice image captured. Deep
posty57 15 6 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 5:21AM
Ditto all of the above. Look forward to the rest of your 'weedy' attempts Wink

fentiger 21 920 24 England
12 Aug 2012 7:01AM
700? Someone is trigger happy! Wink I find this a difficult area of photography and you have done well to capture this.

12 Aug 2012 8:22AM
Very well done Ann, I know how hard it is to compose a shot like this, and with detail.

John Smile
jonwebber 14 4 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 8:41AM
Full marks (all one vote) from me. A very well taken photograph.
12 Aug 2012 9:15AM
Nice composition with the arcing flight and smoke, I'm intrigued by the drops falling from the smoke, I guess this is heavier solids in the smoke? It's similar to dropping ink into water to photograph, I think?
Your exposure and using shutter priority...shutter priority is the way to go, I use manual but I do most of the time anyway. Shutter speed rule of thumb is you use the speed equal to the focal length. So 200mm 1/200th or 1/250th of a second. I always double that, so at 200mm I would use 1/500th and because the subject is moving and you'll be moving the camera I'd double up again to 1/1000th. The faster the shutter speed the less chance of movement,you're probably at infinity or close to doing aerial action so you don't really need huge depth of field.
As a matter of interest my Red Arrows images were all shot at 1/1000th @ f/5.6 iso 100. Objects coming towards the camera appear to fly slower than objects flying across the image, you can of course pan a little to keep the object within the frame, which helps with the sharpness as well.

Hope this all makes sense to you, your image looks pin sharp so you got it right anyway. Sometimes as planes change course they slow a little and that, if you catch it helps with the speed.(as you did here).


breathless and need my coffee now.Tongue
AnnChown 13 207 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 9:40AM
Thanks for this Dougie - it's very helpful. Hope you've recovered from the typing marathon. Smile I do have one of planes coming towards me which bears out your comment.
Ps I'm not sure about the reason for those smoke droplets but that's partly why I like the image
CaroleS 13 442 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 10:02AM
Looks like tiny pink parachutes falling from that vapour trail! Well captured Ann
barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 10:19AM
Only too happy to take this belter to RC. ... click
12 Aug 2012 1:32PM
Wish my spitfire from yesterday at Crich had been as good.


12 Aug 2012 2:52PM
Well done Ann what a great shot..Lin
Chinga Plus
12 123 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 3:11PM
AMAZING capture! Very well done! This is excellent. IB
12 6.1k 130 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 3:25PM
Whooshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh II

A spectacular aeronautical display, which has been captured at it's very best.

Regards Nathan
jasonrwl Plus
13 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 4:00PM
Terrific shapes in the smoke trail Ann - very well done
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
13 112 40 Wales
12 Aug 2012 5:56PM
Excellent image, Ann. Great composition and your shutter speed was slow enough to avoid freezing the prop. All in all you must be a natural considering this was your first go at this kind of togging.
banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
13 Aug 2012 1:42AM
Quote ` Shutter speed rule of thumb is you use the speed equal to the focal length`, - this is not quite true, - Minimum shutter speed for hand holding is 1/focal length at 35mm, so for your camera, with a 1.6 crop factor, at 200mm its the next highr speed above 1/(200*1.6) = 1/320.

However, slower speeds can work well with these events when panning as you can get propeller blur rather than a stopped prop, - and it looks better, - a fine shot.


pascalg 15 37 1 France
13 Aug 2012 7:45AM
nice colours Smile
CliffGreen 11 8 2 Scotland
13 Aug 2012 7:58PM
I think your shutter speed is just right. Anything faster tham 1/250th and you will probably freeze the propeller which would spoil the image in my opinion. If you had used a longer lens you would have had a dilemma because you may have needed a faster speed to meet the guidelines mentioned above. Not sure how much this has been cropped (if any) but you have acheived a great result with the focal length used.
This looks perfectly sharp and appeals to me because the control surfaces used in the manoeuvre are clearly visible; the unusual smoke trail adds to the composition.

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