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The sense of speed

The sense of speed
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-18
Categories: Transportation, Event, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-14 2:11
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The sense of speed

Took this picture during the Fairford RIAT this summer. The dare devils (male and female) of the Guinot display team in a high speed pass after a looping.

Used a Sigma 70-300 zoom lens, with a relative slow shutter speed for aircraft pictures to prevent a "frozen" propeller.

PP work: shot in jpeg, adjusted levels, curves and contrast. Used unsharpen mask before resizing and after resizing with different setting.

cunejo200, walk33a, Teresat, kokos101, gcifromsocal, werdir, mvdisco, moli, jjcordier, MLINES, roges, chrisJ, Dingo, brech, elan2004 has marked this note useful
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To Dingo: Thanks for your opinion!GreenBaron 2 12-21 09:09
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Very impressive and skillful panning technique you have Hans. Precise and sharp, this is something I need to learn. The sense of speed is indeed evoked. Cheers.


Hi Hans.
This is a great moment captured.
Wonderfull immage.Congratulations.
Best regards.Alin.

Hi Hans!

This capture amazes me, because I have trouble with focus on a stationary object. I look at your camera settings and it becomes even more amazing. Your note is also very helpful to me. I've been confused about when to use USM, and I see you did it before and after sizing, but whit different settings. This is very helpful too.

Great action shot! You are as talented with a camera as these fellas are in an aircraft.


Hello Hans,
This is a very impressive photo, especially the smoke.
Best wishes,

Bom dia Hans
These photos of yours are pure enjoyment to watch them. Fantastic capture ...to watch and learn.
My regards

hello hans!!
wonderful action shot, great job :))
i like it!!

Hello hans - Good action telephoto shot. 1/200 is difficult to hold steady at such a long foacl length. Nice colors and diagonal composition.
Have a good day,

Looks like a still shot from a movie dear Hans!!!
Awesome details and overall capture. I love the placement of the planes within the frame.
TFS! ♥


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-12-14 8:20]

Hi Hans,

This is an awesome shot. Very interesting and well-timed. You have very steady hands to get this so sharp.

Best regards,

Nice action shot here Hans!! Tight crop effective with this portrait format. You won't catch me on a ruddy wing - no chance!!!


I guess there's no excitement without danger, but this is the kind of exitement I could do without - both in terms of trying, and even watching!

But as a photograph ... spectacular. You really caught a sense of the danger, the speed, and the enormous level of skill required to pull off a stunt like this!

Shutter speed was about perfect - although only with the benefit of some good panning!!


Impressive shot!

Hi Hans,
What a great action shot.!! Remember the crasy years of the cinema of the 20 to 30.
Great caught of view and details,
Very nice light and colors,
Very well done. compliments ...

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-12-14 13:15]

Hello Hans.
Great moment captured. Well managed focus!
Good looking shot from Airshow.
Well done!
Janek Kloss

Great moment.
Congratulation for this beautiful photos.
Regards Zoran

Très beau timing pour cette très belle photo d'aviation.

Hi Hans, great action shot with excellent detail, the smoke from the exhausts give a true sence of speed. Well done

Hi Hans, A spectacular catch. All speed and daring. That would seem to be a hard trick to learn to do. They appear well strapped on but the fear must be lurking in there somewhere. Good crop to make it appear they are heading for the ground. TFS. Murray.

Hallo hans.
Spectaculair om te zien en doen is een ander verhaal.
Mooie en spectaculaire opname. Mooi vast gelegd zeker het effect van de props.
Groet Frans

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-12-15 9:41]

Hello Hans! I wouldn't do this for sure! :-) Great shot my friend, technically perfect with a superb sense of speed and very good compo. Well done!


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-12-15 12:39]

Hello Hans,
Deze prachtige foto. Uitzonderlijke afbeelding met deze vliegtuigen. Interessante en beschrijving. Schitterende kleuren en details.
Een mooie avond,

Excellent shot and technique and thinking Good planning and attention to detail Thats quite a heavy lens to pan Did you use a monopod ? Exellent colour and details
warm regards

Excellent shot!
Amazing capture, perfect sharpness.

Impressive :-D

TFS Greetings Simone

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-12-20 2:07]

Hi Hans

Wow! The daredevils are amazing. Good decisive moment shot & nice symmetry of the old aircraft. Excellent sharpness & dynamism. Tfs!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2009-12-20 5:46]
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Hans, I'm not sure about this one. At first I though "wow!", but a second and third look brought about some reservations. First off, your decision to use a relatively long exposure was a wise one, the upper aircraft does show a nicely blurred propeller, and at no cost of losing sharpness that could have occured by the panning of the camera and the high speed of the airplanes.

I think the shot lacks some brightness though. The tail of the planes and the side of their fuselage are supposed to be white, as I noticed while looking up the team on the web. They are not in this shot.
Then, the compo is good, though I find it a pity that you didn't use a landscape shot, so they would have had more space to fly into... although I do like the way the planes are positioned here, even though the angle of descent isn't really aimed at the bottom left corner of the shot.
A pity that the wingwalker of the second plane is obscured by the first plane, though that is out of your hands, nothing you could have done about it.
Finally, some technical issues: primo, you should have removed the dust bunny from the sensor, or from the photo at least... (at f25 they always show up).
Secundo: there is a halo around the planes, and that is caused by the sharpening process. I cannot understand why you would want to sharpen before downsizing: by sharpening you enhance the contrast between bright and dark pixels: downsizing messes with that result, and then you use USM once more... that's "asking for trouble" I think.

As said, I like the action in the shot, but I'm not very excited by its technical quality.

Hi Hans, your photos are amazing!

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