13 Sep Pic(k) of the week 37: TWISTER AEROBATICS TEAM – SUNSET AIRSHOW SANICOLE

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Last Friday, I attended the sunset airshow at Sanicole, Belgium; well it should have been called “the evening” airshow as the sun was 100% absent. The rainy weather together with very low light, made it challenging to say the least! It was likely one of the most difficult airshow conditions I ever shot in.
It was the 40th airshow at Sanicole, Belgium’s only remaining civil airshow! Beside the Friday night airshow, there was also a full day airshow on Sunday; luckily for the organisers with much better weather! 
Photographing propellor aircraft, one needs to shoot at the shutter speed of maximum 1/200s, in order not to freeze the prop and have some prop blur. As I was shooting with my Fujifilm XF100-400 f4.5-f5.6 lens and the 1.4 Teleconverter attached at maximum focal length, my minimum aperture was f8; needing an ISO of 6400; not ideal but manageable on the X-T2.
It was definitively one of the conditions where a wider aperture lens like a 400mm f4 would have come in handy…
The resulting image below of the Twister Aerobatic Team is still pretty pleasing; the team consists of two Silence Twisters, flying a graceful display just at sunset, using smoke and pyrotechnics. 

Image details:Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF100-400 and 1.4TCISO 6400, f8, 560mmRAW development in Lightroom CCNik ColorEfex Pro 4 for optimal contrastNik Dfine for noise reductionMore images of the Sanicole sunset airshow on September 08, 2017 can be found here.
Make sure to check out the image of a Belgian Air Force F-16 here, flown by demo pilot GIZMO; an award winning display pilot which finishing his 3 year display tour soon. The F-16 can be

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