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on Jun 18, 2019 in Aviation

Stop & Go is a Challenge

Skymeadow Fly-in
captured by Z6 / Z24-70f2.8

A common question reaching my inbox asks how do you get parked aircraft and flying aircraft both in the frame, sharp? This is a real challenge especially if you are using a slow shutter speed to capture prop blur. There are a couple of variables that are in our control and a couple that is not. Because you have some aircraft not moving and one or more that is, the timing of having them both in the frame is crucial but you can’t pan. Getting physically in the right spot is in your control. Because of this, I like to get close physically and then use a shorter lens. In this case, I went with the Z6 / Z24-70f2.8 and zooming back as the Cub approached and the Z6 ripping the frames. I knew where the plane would be flying but often that is out of your control. I wanted the kids in the frame to move your eye to the approaching aircraft and went for the shot when it was slipping between the trees. Out of the 30 frames I captured, only 40% were all the elements sharp, parked aircraft, the kids and the approaching plane. You can’t pan as that would blur the static aircraft. Shooting at a high shutter speed might freeze the flying aircraft but also the prop. This kind of photo is truly a “lucky” shot you just go for as stop and go is a challenge.

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