- Mission: Capture evocative photographs of aviation at air activities and museums
- Photographer: Nigel Wood
- Site: Worcestershire, United Kingdom
- Kit used: Nikon D7200, Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
“I acquired into aviation when I joined the Air Teaching Corps at 13 and soon visited my initially air present. My father was into pictures, so I borrowed his digicam and my journey into film stills began. I however have his Nikon F60 and AF 35-80mm f/4-5.6D (that nevertheless performs well on my Nikon D7200).
I took a extensive pause concerning 1995 and 2016, but redundancy gave me the opportunity to spend in my first DSLR, a Nikon D3200 with the AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED. I took it to the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford and my passion was reignited.
I soon located I wished much more from my package. The D7200 felt like a natural phase up and has proven to be a trusty workhorse. The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD coupled with the D7200’s crop factor gives ample get to at air displays. Its relatively light bodyweight is a further benefit when you’re carrying it all-around all day.
Just one of the toughest tactics to master in aviation photography is prop blur (2nd only to panning). A blurred propeller helps to express a feeling of movement (above), whereas a frozen propeller leads to the aircraft to appear as if it is suspended, stationary in the sky. Dropping your shutter velocity is key, but this will make it tougher to seize the relaxation of the aircraft sharp. I would suggest likely to a neighborhood airfield and practising this technique as normally as you can, it will truly aid boost your airborne pictures.
Just about every location is various and no two functions are the same. Capturing the environment at an air exhibit is all portion of the exhilaration and aids you history the narrative. In this image (earlier mentioned) the two Edwardian aircraft in the sky, the interval cottage in the qualifications and the Spitfire in the foreground inform a story. This was the very first time I employed my Tamron 100-400mm on the D7200. It is a a great deal lighter lens than my old Sigma 150-500mm, which can make it a lot easier to have close to during a prolonged working day out.
The incredibly hot air balloon was humanity’s initially effective try at flight. That serene experience on a however day as the balloon drifts along the air currents can make for some lovely illustrations or photos (over). Shooting into the sunshine isn’t always simple but with a tiny persistence and luck, the appropriate trajectory and light-weight can reward you with a gorgeous photograph. A variable ND filter can enable consider the glare off the solar and depart you with some beautifully defined clouds and magnificent tones”.
See far more of Nigel’s unbelievable work by browsing his Instagram.
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