Critique From my first Airshow

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Thanks to everyone who responded to my request for advice. I managed to last the whole day without going Aperture Priority :). Shot 60% manual and 40% Shutter Priority, but got a few strange ISO readings in the viewfinder for the former and was generally more comfortable with the latter.

Happy enough with the results, but did have some difficulty with the slower shutter speed "prop blur" shots - found panning was more difficult than for feathered birds.

Anyhow, here are a few from the day.

The first is a Cessna 172 with floats, doing a splashdown and lift off run

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Its very big brother was there too - a Catalina Flying Boat

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There were several older aircraft there including this duo of de Havilland Dragonfly and Spartan Executive from the early executive aviation days

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An outfit called "Swiss Classic Formation" produced a stunning display with their DC3 and three Beech 18s

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There were aerobatic highjinks from the Pitts Special and Extra 300

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The show closed with a high octane display from the RAF Red Arrows

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As can be seen from some of the skies, the weather was unsettled with the scheduled Parachute, Hurricane and Spitfire, and Lancaster Bomber runs cancelled, and some of the others re-arranged to obtain a satisfactory window.
 

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Bill, this is a very good first airshow series. You should be pleased with the shots you got. I'm glad some of the tips helped. Manual is often tricky at first, and I know most of my photog friends shoot in Shutter Priority for air shows. I'm happy doing either.

Panning is harder than people think at those lower shutter speeds. I'll frequently use my monopod for that during air shows, especially if I'm a bit rusty.

Good job!
 
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Bill, this is a very good first airshow series. You should be pleased with the shots you got. I'm glad some of the tips helped. Manual is often tricky at first, and I know most of my photog friends shoot in Shutter Priority for air shows. I'm happy doing either.

Panning is harder than people think at those lower shutter speeds. I'll frequently use my monopod for that during air shows, especially if I'm a bit rusty.

Good job!
Thank you. Looking forward to next time!
 

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