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#1 MarkM


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Posted 20 October 2016 - 12:10 AM

A friend invited me to his radio-controlled ("RC") airplane club's monthly race.  The club members race their bright red, battery-powered, "Pitts" model biplanes.  These RC model airplanes are made of foam (3.2 ounces), have a 17-inch wingspan, and are about 15 inches long.  They have to complete 5 laps around a 2-pylon course, about 40-yards in length from pylon to pylon.  It is a blast to watch them fly, and sometimes crash!


I have a whole new appreciation for BIF!  I had a D750 with a Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8 VR lens (woefully inadequate reach, I know) and it was tough to zoom in on them, let alone track them through the air (at speeds of 30-35 miles per hour), and get them in focus.  I was in Shutter priority mode at 1/1000 ss, continuous shooting (6.5 fps) and continuous focus but very, very few of the approx. 500 shots ended up in focus!  I was mostly panning which of course blurred the backgrounds on low-flying shots, which I'm not sure I like. 


Anyway, it was a ton of fun, great clouds after a rainy morning, and I thought you might enjoy some of precious few that turned out in focus.  :)  CC requested!  Thanks.

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#2 Roderick


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Posted 20 October 2016 - 08:32 AM

Nice work Mark !

I'm no great shakes at BIFs but I'm starting to use AFC Grp to expand the focus area on the D750.  I get a better chance of getting something in focus :unsure:

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