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Bristol Fighter

Bristol Fighter
Copyright ©2007, Anthony Cummings
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The Shuttleworth Collection Bristol Fighter "Brisfit" - a REAL aeroplane.

Photographer: Anthony Cummings
Folder: Tony's vintage cars
Uploaded: 23-Sep-2007 01:36 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E500
Exposure time: 1/250s
Aperture: f8
Focal length: 1000mm
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm
Focusing method: Manual
ISO: 100
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format: RAW
Processing applied: Capture One LE: Crop, curve for contrast and very slight Contrast Compensation and Colour Saturation for publication.
Image resized to: 566x800

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Bristol Fighter - re-visited:

Tony -

Great shot! You sure did fill the frame with that BigMa! Was this hand-held or did you use a mono/tri-pod? Nevertheless - talk about wind in your face flying! I've never had the pleasure; the closest I've ever come was in a few Piper Cubs and a few choppers.

It's a tad soft but that's OK. Unfortunately, when you use a relatively low shutter speed and pan with your subject's fly-by you run that risk - but then how else do you get to catch the prop spinning? BTW: I suspect 1/60-second would have taken that spinning prop full-circle.

Manual focus? Do you pre-set and than track the plane and shoot when you get to the shooting zone? Interesting. I would think you would rely no the auto-focus.

I use my E-1's auto-focus when I go shoot USN P-3 Orions and USCG C-130s (and others) when they do their touch-n-goes. It amazes me just how close these newer cameras (with shutter speeds quicker than 'only' 1/1000-second) come to actually freezing a prop during take-off.

BTW: You didn't happen to see my favorite single-seater from the WWII era, the P-47, did you? I know. I know, compared with the Spitfires and Hurricanes, the P-51 Mustangs and the P-38 Lightenings the P-47s are plain ol' dumpy looking - but those 'looks' are oh-so deceiving. There's nothing quite like high power output under the hood, and awesome firepower (in its day, that is). Tally-HO!


Leon Plympton at 04:33 CEST on 23-Sep-2007 [Reply]