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04-27-2014, 08:02 AM   #1
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Night Airshow

Hi there, in June I'm attending an evening airshow and a night bombing display at Hamilton Ontario. Can anyone give me some tips on how to get good photos of these events? I'm a bit concerned that the K30 will not be able to focus at night and how to anticipate bomb blasts and get good captures.

Thanks in advance.

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Look for something bright that's approximately the same distance as the action. Autofocus on that. Then switch to manual focus for your actual photos.

To anticipate the bomb blasts, set your shutter to high speed and start shooting a little early. Expect many discards but you will hopefully get some keepers.

Exposure settings will be tricky. You'll have a huge variance in dynamic range. @Heie may have experience with this; maybe browse through his photos to see if there are any nighttime explosions.

What lens will you be using? Telephoto would be good for the explosions, while a wider angle and perhaps long exposures on a tripod would capture unique landscapes with the blur of aircraft lights above plus maybe multiple bomb blasts in the same image.
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Thanks John,I'll be using either my Pentax 18-135 or Tamron 50-300, in fact I'll have one on the K30 and one on the K200. I have a Pentax 50 1.8, but I don't think that will give me enough distance,and the wide f-stops may help but the narrow dof will make focusing difficult.
I also have a Sigma 125-400, but think that will be too heavy for the longer exposures.

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Thanks for the tag, @DeadJohn.

OP, what types of blasts? o.O

My experience is combat and military photography, and while I'd love to offer some recommendations, I'm afraid I still don't know what you are talking about. As in like fireworks? Or just an explosion in the distance (i.e. a dropped bomb on a bombing range) ?

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Thanks for the tag, @DeadJohn.

OP, what types of blasts? o.O

My experience is combat and military photography, and while I'd love to offer some recommendations, I'm afraid I still don't know what you are talking about. As in like fireworks? Or just an explosion in the distance (i.e. a dropped bomb on a bombing range) ?

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Hi Heie, here's a link to the web page, Bomber Night Run event on June 15, 2014 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

As far as ordnance, I've no idea, but I doubt if they will be actual bombs from the planes, more likely pre-positioned explosive devices. I also imagine search lights and maybe some type of airborne explosives, I hope!

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This is the other event, Hamilton Night Airshow event on June 14, 2014 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

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That link clarifies a lot. I thought you somehow got access to a military training site, but now I understand it's a museum next door to a civilian airport.
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That link clarifies a lot. I thought you somehow got access to a military training site, but now I understand it's a museum next door to a civilian airport.
Sorry, I knew what it was and should have realised that no-body else did!

Anyway, thanks for the advice.

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How did your shoot go? The Lancaster Bomber along with other aircraft flying overhead lit up by search lights or the pyrotechnics from the ground would have made some very powerful shots.

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I'm afraid I got it totally wrong! The night airshow was fantastic with lights and flares and stuff, and as the sun set the warbirds flew against the sunset. .The other event was not a bombing excercise but a night engine run of the Lancaster, Mosquito, and Liberator. Here's a video of the Lanc and Mossie start ups


And here is a link to some photos I uploaded to Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/12202319@N02/sets/72157645056706468/

But thanks for asking.

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