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on Jun 22, 2010 in Aviation

How Do I Spell Speed?

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Cranking at 450mph, the P-51 cuts through the sky with amazing speed and grace. It’s hard to imagine what they were like over the skies of Europe in WWII.

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Bringing to life that speed and grace I think is a real challenge. What if you focus on the second plane in so doing blurring the lead plane. Does that communicate their speed?

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Of course I’m shooting in Shutter Speed priority at 1/180 to get prop blur. That adds to the illusion of speed, as does shooting it diving and moving away from the camera.

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But I think it’s the combination of all these things with a blurred background that really does the job. You might wondering about the placement of the P-51 in this last frame. Personally I really like it, makes it feel like it’s screaming up from some airfield to do battle with incoming enemy planes. The romance of flight, I’m still workin on it and in the meantime, I spell speed P-51D

Photo captured by D3s, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film