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Old 03-09-2010, 12:08   #1 (permalink)
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Airshow blur

The wife invited me to go to an airshow with her. I was wondering if any could share tips on blur for backgrounds, planes and propellers. I haven't been to an airshow sence I was a wee little fella
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Re: Airshow blur

Propeller blur can be achieved by using slow shutter speeds. If you shoot against the sky BG issues are negated, but exposure becomes an issue as you will need to overexpose the sky to get the plane correctly exposed.

If the planes are moving panning with low shutter speeds will allow the BG to have motion blur if there is detail in the BG.
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Re: Airshow blur

You're talking about three different types of blurring here.

#1 Backgrounds: an out-of-focus background depends on four things
  • Distance from camera to subject
  • Distance from subject to background
  • Aperture at time of shooting
  • Lens focal length at time of shooting

Assuming there's some background element other than the sky, the best way to defocus/blur that background is to shoot with a telephoto lens at a wide open aperture.

As you know, wider apertures reduce depth of field so, if the aircraft is relatively close to the camera (fills most / all of the frame) compared to the background, the plane will "pop" in the photograph.

#2 Blurring the planes as they pass involves the use of slow shutter speeds and/or panning the lens to match the motion of the plane.

#3 Blurring the propeller motion of a plane in flight again involves a low shutter speed... typically in the range of 1/100 - 1/320 second or thereabouts. The lower, the better.

Most lenses which allow you to go to 200~300mm should serve you well, though if you can beg/borrow/rent/steal a lens from 400mm upwards you would get better results.
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Re: Airshow blur

Distance from camera to subject
Distance from subject to background
Aperture at time of shooting
Lens focal length at time of shooting

I could read this a few times, with all that, I'm thinking about loading the rucksack with my older cameras and use three lenses. I was thinking a 10-22mm IR, 24-105mm color and 100-400mm color. I can use a 2X on my newer camera with much better results then before at lower ISO's, with the 100-400 as my main camera. I have carried my pack with three cameras before for a day,,,,"what a load". I'm so excited that I feel like I'm over loading the dinner plate cause I'm hungery. Thanks for the tips, when I feel like this, I can never have enough

i'm thinking I'll have some trouble with the blur on the planes, I don't really see alot of photos with this effect.
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