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Reaching for the Sky

By Ian-Jones
Here's another picture from the Royal International Air Tatoo 2015. This one is of the Rolls Royce Griffon engined Spitfire FRXVIIIe operated by Richard Lake's Spitfire Ltd.

Tags: Spitfire Airshow Riat Rolls royce Griffon Sports and action 2015 2015Battle of Britain

Voters: BRITCHIE, nobby1, tonyguitar and 11 more

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30 Jul 2015 11:29PM
Fantastic action shot with beautiful colours. with great attention to detail, excellent capture, Lan. SmileSmileSmileSmile
tonyguitar 8 77 37 Canada
31 Jul 2015 12:59AM
There is a real quality about this high-performance aircraft. Prop looks fine too. TG
CanonAndy22 8 6 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2015 7:38AM
Great shot Ian. Nice to see some blur on the propeller. Did my first photos of an air day last year, and know how difficult it can be to get the full circular prop blur and keep the rest of the plane sharp.GrinGrinGrin
brian17302 8 2 13 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2015 12:06PM
Super "take off" image, well detailed capture Grin
Ian-Jones 16 133 2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2015 1:58PM
Cheers all.

Andy, I understand what you mean, although pictures with circular prop blur is a big ask, at least from the ground. Circular prop blur tends to appear at shutter speeds of 1/200s or slower, but that would be impossible with the stuff I use. My full frame camera body + the big primes weigh in at between 4.5 & 6kg, so camera shake becomes a real issue below 1/400s, even with IS enabled.

So why bother with all this heavy duty expensive kit? Well, airshow safety rules mean that aircraft display at between 200 and 750m from the crowd line. I can get frame filling images at 250m, & decent croppable images at 500m. I've tried cropped sensor bodies with shorter lenses, which would make everything lighter, and allow for lower shutter speeds, but I wasn't getting the image quality I wanted, especially when the weather wasn't great - a regular issue with UK airshows.

In the end, I think the only way you could get decent prop blur in images that could be blown up to A3, would be for the aircraft to be taxing on the ground, or if you were taking air to air shots like in the Ghosts calendars. No doubt some smart Alec with better technique or kit will prove me wrong soon Wink
tonyguitar 8 77 37 Canada
1 Aug 2015 8:46PM
The Sony A6000 mirrorless E mount camera could fill the gap. Compare it to even the expensive Sony 7 NEX.. on Shocking! TG

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