Wednesday, 15 December 2010

All Motional

Taking pictures of stuff that moves: The gentle art of panning. The theory is that you select a shutter speed that is low enough to get the background blurred but high enough to make the target reasonably sharp. It might be wise to use manual focus so the camera doesn't waste time with Autofocus, depending on lens and camera.

Here we are in mid Wales last year. We arrived at Presteigne on the same weekend as the Vintage Sports Car Club's meeting...


The owners and their co-drivers spent the weekend charging around the narrow streets, up the local hills in an orgy of mud and Castrol "R"... It was great fun to watch even if it did mean that Bed and Breakfast was hard to find and consequently expensive...



Now, many years earlier, we have the Patrouille de France flying their 1950's Fouga Magisters at the Greenham Common Air Tattoo in 1977. This was back in the metal manual camera days. No motor drive and 4Gb memory cards then. You had to make every shot count. Thus this picture was either the result of great skill or blind luck...




OK, this last one from the same occasion isn't panned, but I couldn't resist putting it in. Are these guys genuine RAF? They sure look the part, moustaches and flying gear. Is this the very last Vulcan before it got demobbed and refurbished? Anyone know?



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