|Flying High and Tight
© 1998 John A. Lind
- Olympus OM-4
- 75~150mm f/4 Zuiko Zoom with 2x teleconverter and linear polarizer
- Fuji Reala 100
- 300mm focal length; 1/500th @ f/8 (f/4 with 2x teleconverter = f/8) hand held
- Grissom Reserve Air Force Base, Indiana, June 1998
- These are the Navy's Blue Angels flying about 3 feet apart at several hundred knots. The image generally follows the "rule of thirds" and is very sharp, but the sky leaves a lot to be desired. It was not a good day for photographing an air show. It was very hot and humid with a lot of "heat haze" that washed out all the blue from the sky. I had a devil of a time panning with them and shot about a half roll of film of just the Blue Angels. Of that, about three came out with the all of the aircraft in the frame and positioned acceptably within the frame. I recommend a tripod or monopod with fluid ball head for panning fast moving aircraft with a long telephoto. Doing it by hand is not easy or recommended unless you want to shoot a lot to get just a few.