Unfortunately, this year was the first time its founder Ed Maloney wasn't present at the announcers stand as he passed away just after last years show and was celebrated in a very nice way, during opening of the flying display.
The third one is the Seversky 2PA, also called the AT-12 Guardsman it is the only flying example in the world!
Before the flying part of the show started at 10.40am, all visitors were allowed to freely wonder around the static display of the aircraft parked on the ramp. When photographing aircraft like this, it is always a challenge to exclude barriers and other visual pollution.
Although I didn't bring a full size tripod, I did use a Platypod for those low angle shots.
Another one-of-a-kind was this P-26 Peashooter from the early nineteen thirties. Focussing on details such as the chrome pitot tube here, always makes for more appealing photographs.
Most flying displays, have multiple aircraft featured; always along a certain theme; Naval Aviation, Vietnam area, etc... At any given time there is always at least one aircraft passing by.
The rain that threatened the area most of the day on Sunday, started to eventually come down for the last flight display. The show ended with a heritage flight; a formation of old and new with this time the brand-new F-35 from the USAF in formation with the P-38 Lightning and F-86 Sabre. What a sight!
My present airshow kit consists of the following:
- Fujifilm X-T2 with Power booster grip (X-T1 as a backup)
- XF16mm f1.4 for low light and wide angle photography
- XF-18-135 lens for static and wider shots
- XF-100-400 lens for airborne shots
- 1.4X TC (Teleconverter)
- Platypod for low angle shots
- plenty of batteries; I normally take 6 for a full 12 hour shoot
Just before the show, I had updated my X-T2 to the new 2.0 firmware and was keen to see how it would perform. For my l airborne shots, I had the 1.4X TC on the body with the XF100-400 most of the time. When photographing large formations, the 140mm (100x1.4) focal length might not be wide enough, so make sure to plan ahead of time.
My settings for the action stuff with the long glass, were as follows:
- Performance Boost mode ON
- Use 325 AF points
- Manual ISO
- Manual Exposure (choosing aperture and shutter speed manually)
- AF Mode ZONE, use mid or largest zone
- Continuous autofocus mode (C)
- Continuous High (CH) at 8fps (with Power Booster grip)
- AF-C Custom setting > SET 6 CUSTOM >
- Tracking sensitivity 2
- Speed tracking sensitivity 0
- Zone Area switching AUTO