I really wanted to visited Bournemouth Air Show, I last visited a few years back and I was desperate to go back this year as I wanted to see whether my photography had improved on not. Bournemouth Air Show is a 4 day event – it is free to watch from the beach or the cliff top between Boscombe and Bournmouth piers, it is extremely popular when the weather is right. I had an idea of the kind of photo I wanted to shoot – my ideal shot was of the red arrows and the crowded beach, so for the first time I viewed the displays from the cliff top.
I did some research before hand and went along with my 28-300mm lens and knew that as rough guide I had to remember the following facts:
Planes look better flying into the frame rather than out of it.
Everything depends on the amount of light availale and the angle it is at to my lens.
1/60 ish shutter speed to pan planes
1/1000 ish shutter speed to freeze the action
1/100 ish for helicopters and you need some movement on the baldes
1/100 – 1/350ish shutter speed to get movement on propellars
Underexpose is better than blowing out the highlights… you can bring back the shadows in lightroom
I took so many photos, and I am going to share with you the ones that I liked best.
I had a wonderful day – I loved the fact that all the different speeds of planes, whether I was shooting into light or away from it, or whether there was no light at all really made me think …. I thought the location on the cliff top was great, and it was interesting to walk along and see all the other photographers too – they was so many expensive cameras and camera lens on the cliff top with other people capturing the day… I can’t imagine how many photo was taken – billions I should think.
The Canon 7D mark 11 which I am shooting with was brilliant, it was very responsive, the shutter speed and the ability for it to lock on focal points was really impressive.