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on Sep 12, 2012 in Aviation

Hovering at 1/20

This Cobra is just freaking cool! It was flying in to the Heritage at the Reno Air Races, hovering in is a better way to phrase it. It “taxied” in down the ramp to the parking area so I just panned with it and blasted. With the Lexar 64GB 1000x giving me a huge buffer (100+) in the D4 and shooting with the 200-400AFS with TC-14e on Auto AF at 1/20, I was able to blur the main rotar. That is a challenge with those big, slow rotating blades. The back rotar is simple but the direction of rotation and size of the top one just makes blurring a bitch. The slow shutter speed of 1/20 just starts to get a decent blur. You might be wondering about handholding and panning at 1/20. You can do that, just takes practice, practice, practice which is why in part we’re at the air races early. Getting the mind, muscle and skills set polished for the rest of the week is essential in capturing those key moments. Speed at the camera controls makes forgetting the technical and concentrating on the subject possible.