CF-18 on final approach

IMG_8688.CR2: 30D, EF 400mm 1:5.6L @ 1/1600, f/5.6, 400 ISO

IMG_8688.CR2: 30D, EF 400mm 1:5.6L @ 1/1600, f/5.6, 400 ISO

I heard aircraft this afternoon. This is not unusual because the airport isn’t far away, but it didn’t click that the sounds weren’t commercial aircraft. When I finally realized it, I went to the window and saw the dual-tail aircraft overhead in a steep bank. I was off like a shot for my camera.

I went through the list:

  • Remove the 50mm and mount the 400mm.
  • Exposure mode: aperture priority.
  • Aperture: 5.6 (wide open).
  • ISO: 400.
  • EV: +2/3
  • Metering: Spot.
  • Shooting mode: Slow continuous.

Then I went out onto the balcony and waited. And waited. And waited.

Finally, I heard the sound from behind my building. It was coming from the side toward the airport. I thought it might be landing. If this were true, I’d have perhaps three seconds to catch it. I prefocused on the trees so the final focus would be quick, held the camera to my face, and waited.

She appeared, and I managed three photos before she descended below the tree level. I was hoping for a touch-and-go but the aircraft stayed on the ground.

The photo isn’t spectacular, but I like it just fine.

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One Comment

  1. Brett
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 08:17 | Permalink

    “Remove the 50mm and mount the 400mm.”

    I try to make a habit of leaving the longer lens on. Only because I’ve yet to come across a subject that required a 50mmmm in a hurry.

    Does that make sense?

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