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Flying Circus Airshow, Bealeton, VA

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by emptysensor, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

    435
    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    Took a trip to see an airshow over the weekend and had a great time. Of course I had to take my camera. All pictures except one noted taken with the GX1 and 100-300 lens, handlheld.



    This guy is obviously insane. I think they said he is a lineman for the power company.

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    14-45 (just the one below) -

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    The focusing was pretty terrible on shots like the two below. My keeper rate was really low. It just wouldn't lock focus, likely because of the low contrast or bright sun. Regardless I never could have taken shots at EFL of 600mm with another camera because I couldn't afford the lens. The OIS worked extremely well.

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    Of course they need to make it a show and they do an admirable job. Apparently it takes a huge amount of money that they can never make from ticket or food sales. I guess everyone's a volunteer and I assume the pilots restore and maintain the planes on their own. Overall it's a great family outing.

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    With such a long focal length you can still get pretty good bokeh despite the relatively small aperature. This one was f/6.3

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  2. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    Amazing pictures!!!
     
  3. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

    435
    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    Thanks. The 100-300 was definitely a must to get anything good at an outing like this.
     
  4. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Very nice photos! I've really come to appreciate the 100-300mm. It's a little heavy but definitely worth carrying around for just these types of shots. :biggrin:
     
  5. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

    435
    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    Thanks. The 100-300 does look a little silly (and it is pretty heavy compared to something like the 14-45) on the GX1, but not so much when you consider the tremendous reach you're getting.
     
  6. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    I am getting one very shortly.
     
  7. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

    435
    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    I think it's a good one. The only thing I'm not happy with is the sticky zoom action, but I can live with that.
     
  8. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Nice.....I really like that 5th shot, the bright yellow really pops out an nice of him to give you a friendly tilt to get the shot :)
     
  9. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

    435
    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    Thanks. I liked that one too. It was really hard to follow the planes in the cloudy sky and time shots when the lighting was good (I was at 300mm most of the time). I just took as many as I could and hoped that somed turned out ok.
     
  10. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Gotta love those Stearmans!! :thumbup:
     
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  11. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Great photos! I'm with RT, my favorites are the Stearmans against the grey clouds. Thanks for sharing.
     
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