07 Sep Pic(k) of the week 37: Pitts Special S-2C in action – Fujifilm X-T2 with XF100-400 lens
Next weekend is an important one when it comes to Airshow/Aviation photography for me… I’m planning to fly my 1954 Piper Super Cub to document one of the largest (if not “the largest”?) vintage/antique aircraft event in Europe. The “Oldtimer Fliegertreffen” at Hahnweide, near Stuttgart Germany, is a three day get together of over 350 historic aircraft which normally takes place, every two years in early september.
Because, I’ll be shooting the show with new photo-gear, Fujifilm X-T2 and XF100-400 lens, I wanted to give it some more practical testing during a small private aviation event last weekend! Especially, since my pre-production copy of the X-T2 is now on its final release firmware, I was very much interested in how it would perform for high speed aviation photography.
The image below is of a friend flying his Pitts Special S-2C; a high performance US built aerobatic airplane which remained in production till 2008 and today is still amongst the best available.
Image details:Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF100-400 lensISO 400, f13, 1/240s, 159mmLightroom CC for RAW developmentNik ColorEfex Pro4 with Pro Contrast filter
Fellow photographers might be questioning the small f13 aperture used (and therefore a relative slow shutter-speed of 1/240s). This is done on purpose in order to have a nicely “blurred propellor”; a must when photographing propellor airplanes in-flight! Yes, I should have reverted back to ISO 200 as enough light was available. Anyway, the challenge is trying to have sharp images while displaying a nice prop arc (or partial arc); something that with the longer focal length needs a lot of…