Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 by Alpha Whiskey Photography

Royal International Air Tattoo 2017

  • Jul 23, 2017
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Royal International Air Tattoo 2017

I'm not altogether fussed about air shows but I hadn't shot one in a few years and it was rather fun having one's eardrums pummelled by the roar of jet engines shooting past above one's head. The show was much like the last one, and much like all of them, I'm sure, in that I had a sense of deja vu seeing many of the same aircraft performing many of the same manoeuvres as last time. It was also an opportunity to dust off the old DSLR and 70-200mm F/2.8, neither of which were getting much use these days. For comparison I also shot a few images with the Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8 (with the 1.4x TC attached). While the contrast detection focusing of the Olympus body struggled to keep up with fast moving aircraft, whenever it did nail the focus the results were always dead on and sharp, certainly more so than the DSLR. Kinda wish I'd shot a few more with the Olympus but there we are. A lesson for next time, and perhaps by then they will have refined the phase detection system on their bodies.All told a decent enough show and plenty to see. It's the season for air shows so if one is happening near you then get out and see it.

Jul 23, 2017

Royal International Air Tattoo 2017

This post has 29 photos Jul 23, 2017Comments (2)258 views
I'm not altogether fussed about air shows but I hadn't shot one in a few years and it was rather fun having one's eardrums pummelled by the roar of jet engines shooting past above one's head. The show was much like the last one, and much like all of them, I'm sure, in that I had a sense of deja vu seeing many of the same aircraft performing many of the same manoeuvres as last time. 

It was also an opportunity to dust off the old DSLR and 70-200mm F/2.8, neither of which were getting much use these days. For comparison I also shot a few images with the Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8 (with the 1.4x TC attached). While the contrast detection focusing of the Olympus body struggled to keep up with fast moving aircraft, whenever it did nail the focus the results were always dead on and sharp, certainly more so than the DSLR. Kinda wish I'd shot a few more with the Olympus but there we are. A lesson for next time, and perhaps by then they will have refined the phase detection system on their bodies.

All told a decent enough show and plenty to see. It's the season for air shows so if one is happening near you then get out and see it.



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SteveJul 20, 2017 09:36 AM

Wow, these are terrific.
Some of these look like you were in a plane beside them. The Lancastor and the Spitfire pic; it looks like you are horizontal to them; what was your vantage point, a hill or something?

Cheers.

Alpha Whiskey PhotographyJul 20, 2017 10:34 AM

Thanks Steve!
The aircraft flew right over us and some of them got pretty close! Plus I used a zoom lens ;)

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