I brought along few gear to the airshow:
- Pentax K20D as my Pentax K-x is still in repair from CRIS into the 6th week
- Pentax F* 300mm f/4.5
- Pentax AF 1.7x TC
- Tamron SP 70-150mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 20A for casual street shooting
- Pentax FA 43mm f/1.9 for Bart station indoor shot
- no tripod or mono-pod as it hinder my framing
I set my SR focal length for 100mm for the adaptall-2 70-150 lens and later in the air show shooting, I mounted the F* 300mm f/4.5 with the 1.7x AFA TC but I forgot about resetting SR SR focal length from 100mm to 500mm. All of my shots have the registered 100mm in the EXIF. I think most of my shutter speed is faster than 1/1000 sec and hence the absence of correct SR focal length doen't seem to have an effect.
There were 6 blue angels and most of the time, they have 4 flying very close to each other. They are so fast and loud. I was not in the middle section of their flying path but I did catch some of the shots that I like. It was breathtaking to see how close they fly together in the air show.
Two of them are upside down
They are spectacular to watch as a group or a single solo flight. They have done a marvelous job in the performance
One final shot is done in close distance when the planes fly very close to my location.
More in this flickr slide-show
Notes & Impressions:
Notes & Impressions:
- I use AF.C and auto multi-select focal points with high speed shooting.
- My normal center focusing will be a problem in the shooting as there is no time to re-frame the shot. I seldom use the Auto multi-select focal points but in this shooting with high speed moving objects, I prefer to use this Auto Focal points instead of center focusing.
- With the Pentax-F 1.7x AF TC mounted, the minimal aperture is f/8.0 that is selectable in Av mode. I should have gone to f/9.0 or smaller apertures but I opt to trust my setup. In hindsight, I should have attempted pictures in f/9.0 and f/10.0 and balance it out with a higher ISO
- Most of my shutter speed ranges from 1/1000 to 1/2500 in range. And strangely I use my Av aperture mode. I should have gone and tried to TAv with f/9.0 and shutter in 1/1000 and auto ISO between 200 to 1000.
- It is quite difficult to frame the shot when the multiple planes are in closer proximity to my standing position and I have quite a few cropping the planes. I don't know if a zoom lens will help in such a shooting as in 100-300 or 100-400. My lens with TC is pretty much hand-holdable which is a big plus in ease of framing.
- Location is everything that I miss quite poorly in the planning. I was at the far right end portion of the flight path. Had I known before, I would have tried to go to the middle or left end section of the flight path as the left end capture the spectacular view of the Golden Gate bridge and the middle section allows shots of planes crossing each other from opposite directions.
- It will be a more interesting setup had I had my Pentax K-x, I would have put my K20D on the 300mm + 1.7x TC setup while I will have my K-x with a short zoom as in DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 for video and wider angle view. That will be for next fleetweek.