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Small Town Air Show (Leesburg, Va)

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#1 TknoGeek


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 12:39 PM

In a break from my usual landscape photography, I went to the local airshow to play with the D850 and action photography [and to make sure the crowds weren't climbing all over my club's plane - no, not the one shown here :) ].

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1. Is the plane sharp enough? My panning technique is not nearly as good as my tripod technique.
2. Thoughts on brightness? The plane flew through a shadow for this shot, but I hesitated to brighten it too much.

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#2 geedee


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 02:56 AM

Wondered why the tail wheel was not sharp... looked for the exhaust pipes... he was either making smoke or burning oil...(-: At 400mm I would think your panning techniques are PDG..(-: I have taken stationary aircraft pics that were not as sharp as that. Glad that you are enjoying your new camera so much. 

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:12 PM

Sharp enough for my eyes. Great job panning. As for brightness, if you think it needs more try a brush and bring up the exposure on just the plane? I think if you brighten the whole photo you will blow out the sky. Otherwise, I like it as is.



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 07:36 AM

No complaints here.

Maybe do  something to the smoke to separate it from the sky colour (or visa versa ?)

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 09:01 AM

Awesome shot. I have tried and failed at the same. It is not easy to pan at high speed while filling the view finder. It looks sharp on my monitor and while bright sun would have made the red plane pop I like it as it is. Great that the pilots face is clearly visible. Where were you focused and what focus mode were you using?

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 11:16 AM

I like the composition and the background blur. Plane looks sharp enough to me, so congrats on the image
I might try livening it up a bit in LR, I guess the shadows made for subdued colors. I'm thinking of the Vibrance setting maybe +5 or +10, but that is my personal preference.
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Posted 07 October 2017 - 02:30 PM

Just a neat shot!!



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