|A Thunderbird F-16 flying overhead|
Just for fun I went to the Indianapolis Airshow 2012 at the Indianapolis Regional Airport. I knew it was going to be extremely hot and sunny, but I figured there would also be aircraft, people, activity, noise, etc. You got it - a photo rich environment.
I took a fairly simple kit simply because I didn't want to lug a big camera bag around in the hot weather. I took my Nikon D300s, my AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mmf/3.5-5.6G ED VR II, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF- ED & a Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX Fisheye – 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5. As you can tell, I wanted to go long and wide. Also, just for giggles I brought a Chinon Flash II 35mm film camera recently rescued from a Goodwill Outlet for, wait for it .... 50 cents!!
|The Old and the New|
Because the conditions were incredibly sunny, shutter speed was NOT a problem. I simply set my ISO to the lowest setting, 200, and aperture to f/8 or higher to get maximum DOF. Only a few times did I open up my aperture to get a shallower DOF. When I did I decreased Exposure Compensation to avoid overexposure.
|Watching the action on the ground and in the sky|
I basically walked around taking pictures of anything I thought was interesting. Lots of people, lots of aircraft on the ground, aircraft in the air for the airshow, and of course the Thunderbirds. I took mainly "snapshots" since I wanted to capture the event versus getting the best technically correct image.
Ended up with a good mix and overall had fun.
After action report:
- Take a towel or a rag (which I did). When it's toasty outside you want to make sure you don't sweat on your camera, especially when changing the lens.
- Minimize your kit when you do an event like this. I really could have just gone with the 18-200mm, since this is a good "walking-around" lense, and that's basically all I was doing.
- Take care changing your lens. It was extremely dusty in parts of the location. Need to minimize the dust that can get on your sensor.
- Don't be afraid to take photos of the people watching the show. Got some good images of people looking at the aircraft in the sky.
- Have fun with the camera. Sometimes I need to remember it's sometimes just fun to shoot pictures.