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    Posted: 06 August 2018 at 22:42
After a few years of trying, I persuaded the family that they would like to go to an airshow at the nearby 'Shuttleworth Collection'. It's a grass airstrip with a vintage aircraft museum. A team of people do their utmost to keep these gems airborne.

I rather like watching vintage planes buzz by; it's amazing to think some of these aircraft were flying early last century...   My children were slightly less interested but still managed to look up from time to time.

It seems I wasn't the only person with a camera and large lens (that canon 600 is impressive!) and I'm sure I saw another A99ii (or A77i/ii) and 70-400G2. I lost a lot of photos to Operator Error but here are my best ones:

1. AR501 Spitfire


2. Z7015 Hurricane


3. Sopwith Camel with Bristol F2 and SE5


4. SE5 and F2


5. Sopwith Camel


6. TX176 Avro Anson



We were then treated to a 'flying circus' where a few aerobatic aces competed for points in Runway Limbo, Cut the Streamer and Pop the Balloon. That was a most entertaining set :-)

7. Balloon Popping


8. Balloon popped


9. Cut the Streamer


10. Flying Low


That one looked a bit weirdly 'frozen' so I dropped the shutter speed and tried a bit of panning. It was almost impossible!

11. Flying low (panning)



Of course, there was a Wing Walker...
12. Breitling Wing Walker


and a parachute display...

13.Skydiver 1


14. Skydiver 2


15. Skydiver 3


Well done for getting this far! I have possibly 20 more pics, but they are all basically the same as these ones :-)
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2018 at 00:29
    Mike, I guess for a pilot going to an air show it’s a bit of a ‘busman’s holiday’.
    Remarkable historic craft still airworthy and looking beautiful in the air.
    Really like the closer up images that fill the frame - the hurricane, the bi-planes and the wing walker.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2018 at 06:31
    Any airshow with an Hurricane is a good one by me TFS

    You did good, not just with the Hurricane, I also liked World War One planes very much.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2018 at 07:05
    Great series Mike. I like #3 a lot, excellent capture. TFS .
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2018 at 20:27
    I need to try this as well one day. Nice set Mike!
    From this series I like #2 and 4 the most.
    Anything we can learn from your errors?
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2018 at 20:31
    Lovely series, Mike!

    I wonder how the impression is created that you were flying in parallel when sooting (e.g., #2, #6, #8).

    TFS!
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 August 2018 at 18:29
    The SE5 has personal confections. It was 'restored'* by apprentices at RAE Farnborough under the supervision of my godfather..

    *My godfather took the view that the new structure constituted more build than restoration, however, as the SE5 originated at RAE (at that time called the Royal Aircraft Factory) and as the new bits were produced from the original drawings, it is still original...
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 August 2018 at 15:11
    Nice story Bob!   It is amazing to realise the amount of effort involved in keeping these machines airworthy...

    Harald - the impression of flying in parallel was down to expert piloting. The pilots did nice long, low flybys with a lot of bank on and I presume a significant amount of couter-rudder to keep the plane from turning. Combined with a nice view from the top of a gentle hill nearby, that gave a nice angle (plus the sun was just right too!)

    Fred - my errors mostly stemmed from trying to photograph at 1/200 or 1/250 on moving targets at 400mm, handheld. Any faster shutter 'freezes' the propellors, making it look like a plane with a broken engine.   At first, I thought I was having trouble with AF but soon realised it was just good old fashioned camera shake. I started with Hi+ drive mode then dropped to Hi to avoid the slide show effect and found it much easier to pan/track smoothly. I think that must have given SteadyShot a better chance as my hit rate improved considerably.   Also, I started in S mode with autoiso. When the camera selected some very small apertures, I noticed the AF indicator (center spot) changed appearance during a burst (with AF-C). The AF box seemed to shrink after starting shooting, so it looked like on of the On-Sensor AF Points, no longer using the main PDAF via the mirror. That seemed to affect accuracy a little. (Or was it my poor panning, hindered by the slide show effect?). I fared a bit better with 1/250, F8, Iso Auto and the AF point stayed 'big'.

    I also managed a fair few shots of sharp clouds with slightly out of focus planes. At these distances (300m or so to the plane, I guess) and F8, 400mm, the DOF is about 60m deep if you allow for a 2 pixel Circle of Confusion, so there isn't a great deal of work for the AF system, but I still found ways to Miss.   Setting the lens AF limiter helped minimise the time spent 'hunting'. (I didn't try the in-camera AF-limiter, only the on-lens switch)
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 August 2018 at 20:16
    Thanks for the explanation of your efforts Mike!
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 August 2018 at 09:42
    Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

    Thanks for the explanation of your efforts Mike!
    +1, I too enjoyed your informative and entertaining explanation Mike.
    C & C always welcome
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Kilkry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 August 2018 at 12:30
    Very nice, I particularly enjoy 3, 12 and 13!

    Thanks for the explanation of the photographic process.

    Have never been to one and this topic inspired me to lookup any local airshows and behold - there's one in Uppsala on the 25th of August. Just might attend.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Atom Ant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 August 2018 at 08:33
    Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

    Thanks for the explanation of your efforts Mike!

    +1

    Very enjoyable series - TFS.

    PS: I always thought Spitfires had elliptical wings so I had to do some Googling before I was convinced about #1. Convinced!



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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 August 2018 at 19:14
    :-)

    About the clipped wing Spitfire - it's something to do with increased maneuverabililty. I can see how that would work - long wing gliders take all day to roll/bank but a little cessna with stubby wings is quite sprightly by comparison and snaps from one roll to the next somewhat more quickly...
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