Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4063
Country: United States

That A2A shoot I did with the Jungmann and RV-8 in Dutch AF colors found its way onto the cover of a Dutch enthusiast's magazine, "Piloot en vliegtuig".

http://www.pilootenvliegtuig.nl/magazine/piloot-vliegtuig-editie-09-2013/



Rodolfo Paiz
Registered: Jan 07, 2007
Total Posts: 9901
Country: United States

nrferguson wrote:
Rudolfo
I've got rhe 100-400 and also the 300mm 2.8 (which is a lovely lens and easy to use hand-held). I was warned that the 500mm might be too heavy to handhold, but is lighter than the Mk1 version. I am loathe to mount it for aircraft, but I see quite a few people at airshows with the 400mm 2.8 on a tripod so it can't be impossible. Looking at the shots, apart from the lighting problems, a lot of them have what I think is camera shake - it may be that I need to try a monopod


It's not impossible to mount the lens on a tripod and gimbal. It's simply that you'll be able to capture certain shots (like low passes and approaches) more effectively, at the expense of missing most/all the shots which require significant vertical deflection. It might possibly be a personal bias, but IMHO most of the guys I see with tripods are just there to get what they can get without too much effort. They don't really want the shot.

I'd prefer a 7D with the 100-400 handheld, over a 1Dx with 800/5.6 on a tripod. Sure, those shots you do get with the tripod will be very good; but they'll be a small subset of the possibilities you could capture and you'd miss most of the show. A lot of things happen above you where the gimbal just can't see them, because you can't get down low enough, quickly enough, to frame the shot.



Rodolfo Paiz
Registered: Jan 07, 2007
Total Posts: 9901
Country: United States

I was interviewed for a magazine article recently myself. I posted this on Facebook, but I'll share it here as well. This is an article by Thunderbird Magazine, profiling four family-business practitioners:

http://magazine.thunderbird.edu/article/t-bird-stewards-share-family-business-lessons



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4063
Country: United States

Rodolfo Paiz wrote:
nrferguson wrote:
Rudolfo
I've got rhe 100-400 and also the 300mm 2.8 (which is a lovely lens and easy to use hand-held). I was warned that the 500mm might be too heavy to handhold, but is lighter than the Mk1 version. I am loathe to mount it for aircraft, but I see quite a few people at airshows with the 400mm 2.8 on a tripod so it can't be impossible. Looking at the shots, apart from the lighting problems, a lot of them have what I think is camera shake - it may be that I need to try a monopod


It's not impossible to mount the lens on a tripod and gimbal. It's simply that you'll be able to capture certain shots (like low passes and approaches) more effectively, at the expense of missing most/all the shots which require significant vertical deflection. It might possibly be a personal bias, but IMHO most of the guys I see with tripods are just there to get what they can get without too much effort. They don't really want the shot.

I'd prefer a 7D with the 100-400 handheld, over a 1Dx with 800/5.6 on a tripod. Sure, those shots you do get with the tripod will be very good; but they'll be a small subset of the possibilities you could capture and you'd miss most of the show. A lot of things happen above you where the gimbal just can't see them, because you can't get down low enough, quickly enough, to frame the shot.


I concur. I know shooters who go with a gimbal-mounted 600mm f/4 on sticks: they get really great head-on shots but rarely anything directly in front of the crowd or overhead. The panning motion of a hand-held rig is just so much less complex, spatially.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18978
Country: United States

Congratulations to Steve and Rodolfo! The cream always rises to the top!



Rodolfo Paiz
Registered: Jan 07, 2007
Total Posts: 9901
Country: United States

Thank you, sir! Seems like quite a few of us have had nice things happen recently, so lots of congrats to go around.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4063
Country: United States

JWilsonphoto wrote:
Congratulations to Steve and Rodolfo! The cream always rises to the top!


Thanks, Jim. An old friend responded to this news by writing, "Well, Steve, it's your own fault. I warned you that your obsession with photography would get you in Dutch."



USM IS
Registered: Apr 12, 2010
Total Posts: 1676
Country: United States

For Jim.....through the good times and bad always seek the light shinning through.



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2621
Country: United Kingdom

Looks like the Austin contingent have something to look forward to from March - direct connectivity to London.

http://press.ba.com/?p=3260#more-3260



gerov
Registered: Nov 29, 2004
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Country: United States

That's great, Steve and Rodolfo



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4063
Country: United States

This Chris Kraft interview features some straight talk about NASA. Sure miss the days when so many people like Chris Kraft were willing to give their all to the space program.

http://bit.ly/1760kk3



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18978
Country: United States

MMcGrath wrote:
Looks like the Austin contingent have something to look forward to from March - direct connectivity to London.

http://press.ba.com/?p=3260#more-3260



Well it is 787 service, so I'm not sure how "direct" it might be...........



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18978
Country: United States

Thanks for the link to that interview Zim, kind of sad though. We need the Tesla guy to get involved in that. We could be going to the moon on "AAA" power in a month.



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2621
Country: United Kingdom

JWilsonphoto wrote:
MMcGrath wrote:
Looks like the Austin contingent have something to look forward to from March - direct connectivity to London.

http://press.ba.com/?p=3260#more-3260



Well it is 787 service, so I'm not sure how "direct" it might be...........


Lol. This is what the view looks like from seat 6A in business class on the BA 787.



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2621
Country: United Kingdom

787 flightdeck



nrferguson
Registered: Apr 20, 2004
Total Posts: 2369
Country: United Kingdom

Yes, I'm sure handheld is best so I'll keep trying. I have no problem with the 300mm 2.8 & 2x converter, so I expect it's just getting used to the weight
Niall



Jan-Arie
Registered: Dec 24, 2005
Total Posts: 4053
Country: Netherlands

Saab Viggen



DanNehmer
Registered: Nov 26, 2009
Total Posts: 307
Country: United States

USM IS wrote:
For Jim.....through the good times and bad always seek the light shinning through.


Mike,

Wonderful photo! And excellent message.

Dan



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4063
Country: United States

JWilsonphoto wrote:
Thanks for the link to that interview Zim, kind of sad though. We need the Tesla guy to get involved in that. We could be going to the moon on "AAA" power in a month.


Umm, Jim? The Tesla guy is involved: Elon Musk is CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX. I guess the fact that the SpaceX Falcon rocket has delivered cargo to the ISS, and that Elon has made it his personal goal to live out his golden years on Mars, hasn't come to Mr Kraft's attention.



Jan-Arie
Registered: Dec 24, 2005
Total Posts: 4053
Country: Netherlands

B25



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