Andrews Air Show 2015

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by Hawkman, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Well, I made it out to the Joint Base Andrews Airshow today... oops... yesterday, after all. Got there late - traffic was backed up and lines for the buses in were packed. But got some good shots of an F-22 demonstration and the Thunderbirds.

    And the A6000 performed like a trooper, almost as if the Continuous AF and Hi Speed drive mode were made for air shows. It was a blessing and a curse, but only a curse in that at 11 fps it chews through an SD card pretty quick - I shot over 1700 frames!

    And I did learn a few things the hard way after getting home and reviewing the shots. First, for jet fighters, better to shoot at 1/1000 than 1/500 or even 1/800. Second, I should have set the minimum ISO to 200 instead of 100 in order to force the camera to stop the lens down a little more and open up the depth of field a bit to get more in focus. And finally, maybe I should have shot more RAW+JPEG rather than just JPEG.

    Anyhow, here are some of what I consider the better shots of the day:

    20933083374_5982c24079_h. DSC00415 by SRHawk64, on Flickr
    Heritage Flight: WWII-era P-51 Mustang and present-day F-22 Raptor.

    21529781386_31452c7f88_h. DSC00460 by SRHawk64, on Flickr
    Heritage Flight flyby

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    A Raptor bares its "teeth."

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    Kicking in the afterburner!

    BTW, those are all straight-out-of-the-camera JPEGs. No PP at all.
     

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  2. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
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    Steve

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  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Pretty cool shots!
     
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  4. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Neat shot of the F22 and P51 together
     
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  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Some very respectable shots. :)
     
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  6. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
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    Steve
    Thanks all! I suppose I may have been too hard on myself and the shots... expecting perfection in sharpness. One thing is for sure though, I know that there is no way I could have expected to get as many decent shots from my older a3000.

    It was a challenge shooting amidst the rather large crowd for this show and remembering to watch the settings and exposure and all. And while the a6000 distinguished itself in its rapid-fire high-speed continuous shooting mode and did admirably in keeping up with the super-fast moving subjects, there were times when the bright sun made the LCD screen nearly useless. Thank goodness for the excellent viewfinder! And while I like the top control dial, the back one actually caused a couple problems, changing the shutter speed when I accidentally bumped it while shooting. All stuff I'll get used to or adjust in custom settings. And I know that I shouldn't second guess things, but I also wonder if perhaps my 55-210 is just soft under these types of circumstances.

    I'll go back to my shots later and if there are any others worth sharing, I'll do so. And I might also share some of the "oops" ones as well, just to get your thoughts.

    Thanks.
     
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  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    Very cool! Well done!
     
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  8. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    Very nice! I love the underbelly shot of the F-22.
     
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  9. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
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    Steve
    Thanks! Ya know, I didn't even realize it was doing that - opening its weapons bays - when I was shooting. But, lo and behold, I got the whole opening sequence captured and was amazed to see it when I went through the endless shots at home. +1 for photography.
     
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