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Biggin Hill Second Series D2x/200-400VR

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Pete Lethbridge, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. Here are a short series of Spitfires. This actual shot was taken with the D70/70-200VR in 2004. I had to add some prop blur in PS as I had used too fast a shutter speed. I'd like to thanks Brad Morris for his instruction on how to achieve this effect.

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    Back to 2005 and with the D2x
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    Now this has to be the most beautiful profile that has ever graced the skies
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    Staying with the WW2 era, here are a couple of P47 Thunderbolt shots
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    Those Mustags from a different angle to the first series
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    Staying with the prop aircraft, here are a couple of Pitts
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    The Honda Su26
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    Early jets. Here are two Hunters in formation with a Gnatt
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    For the life of me I can't remember what this is
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    Bringing things up to date, here a belly shot of the Eurofighter Typhoon with the heaters on
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    This is a 757 on a fast low pass, not something you see every day
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    Lastly, an early army helicopter
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    Hope you like them
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  2. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
  3. Stunning!!!!
    Wish I were there. I love planes.
  4. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Once again, Great shots, and what technique for that 2004 prop blur in PS were you talking about? I have a few oops from when I forgot to change the shutter from Jets to prop settings. Great captures and good job panning! How is your left arm? :)  And how did the big 200-400 handle for a full day of shooting.

    One other question, what focus/metering method did you use on your D2X. I would like to file that away for future reference.

    At Oshkosh this past year I had good luck with the 300 f4 AFS on my D70, but at times wanted to zoom in or out a bit on different size aircraft.

    Nice shots,


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  5. Answer


    I think the 200-400 is the perfect lens for airshows. The previous year I used the 70-200 with a 1.4. It didn't give me the reach I wanted. Even with the 200-400, there we times when I wanted more. However, most of the time it was spot on. I used a Sidekick on a G1228 with a Markins M10 head. The Sidekick takes all the pain out of it, as you canbalance the lens perfectly, so movement is effortless and accurate.

    Bad Morris sent me these instructions for creating prop blur on the first picture:

    - duplicate the background layer.

    - on the new layer select the eliptical marquis tool, hold the alt key and select the area around one of the props. by holding the alt key you can place the cursor on the spinner and it will grow the elipse selection from the centre. adjust the selection to the tips of the propeller blades

    - use the radial blur filter, it doesnt need a large value but use some trial and error to get it looking right. the blur will only effect the area inside the elipse

    - the radial blur will blur the prop but also the underlying aircraft body, use the eraser tool to erase the blurred bars of the body not covered by the propeller blades, the unblurred underlying layer will show through

    - repeat for the 2nd aircraft.

    - flatten the image

  6. Pete, these are great. Really impressive.
  7. Thanks Mike

    It was a good day on the whole, though the visibility got worse as later in the day.
  8. Simon


    Apr 30, 2005
    Sydney, Australia

    Congratulations - these are a very impressive set of images. You seem to have nailed so many of them (some in unusual angles too which makes them even more interesting)

    Would have loved to have been there - love to see the jets also.
  9. biggstr6


    Apr 26, 2005
    Great shots pete.Crisp & clear.

    Were you in another plane for some of these. Some look as if youre flying beside them.
  10. Rob


    Jul 28, 2005
    Truro, Cornwall, UK
  11. PGB


    Jan 25, 2005
    I do like the US prop planes but the grace of those Spits is just amazing.

    Excellent work!
  12. Thats True

    However, the Mustang (when flying) looks so much more purposeful. I never realised how elliptical the wings are on the P47.

    Thanks for you comments Patrick

  13. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Ah ha, now I know how your left arm was able to hold the 200-400, it had the help of a tripod. :)  At Oshkosh, I didn't want to carry the 200-400 and tripod and other photo gear for the 5-6 miles of walking I do each day, plus, being at the minimum FAA distance to the aerobatic box, the verticle angles were very steep so my sidekick wouldn't have worked to well from my sitting position along the taxi way. May consider staying a bit further back and standing with the tripod next year. The sidekick is nice, I love mine,

    thanks for the quick tutorial on the Ps method forprop blur.


  14. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Outstanding captures...each and every one!
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