Practice … It was Needed!
We had a KILLER weekend at the WAAAM fly-in at Hood River, OR this past weekend! Along with catching up with old friends, both people and aircraft, we got in some great shooting. The most essentail shooting was the time on the runway photographing launch and recovery. At Airfield 4S2, you can stand right next to strip and shoot all day. We did just that Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. I started with the D5 and 180-400VR, D5 AF set to Auto Area AutoFocus, Shutter Priority 1/50 and the VR on the 180-400VR turned off. Then, using proper hand-holding and panning technique, shot and shot and shot and shot.
It had been a little less than a month since my last outing out with this gear photographing aircraft and even in that time, I felt rusty at first. But by Sunday morning when I photographed the Lockheed 12 taking off, I was shooting at 1/50 and nailing the focus with ease. The most interesting thing was Brent (who shot the above video) even said he needed the practice panning with his video rig (D850 / 80-400VR2) so get it as smooth as he requires. So whether shooting stills or video, you simply can’t practice enough!