Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest
When thinking about photo opportunities I often think about what the most challenging aspect of a shot may be. That was especially on my mind yesterday as I was trying out a new camera (the Fuji XT-2) in the challenging environment of the USMC airshow at Miramar in San Diego. The contributing factors were that this camera has a brand new (improved?) autofocusing system, I hadn’t had the chance to practice with it much, and I would be trying to capture very quickly moving aircraft. I especially thought about one of the most difficult shots that I knew I would encounter (based on being at this airshow before). The Navy’s aviation demonstration team, the Blue Angels, would be performing and one of their featured demonstrations is for their two solo aircraft to approach each other from opposite ends of the runway and pass VERY close together at midfield – with a closing speed of over 800 mph!. As you might guess, that situation stresses the camera, the autofocus system and the photographer – that was my quest. Long story short, I waited for the moment of that maneuver and prepared for the shot. As the aircraft approached the centre of the show, each flying at over 400mph, I tracked one aircraft and tried to guess the moment they would pass. I fired off a quick sequence of shots but I didn’t know whether I had caught both aircraft as I had to quickly prepare for the next pass of “the Blues”. I didn’t actually look at my photos until I got home and did a quick review of my photos. I was greatly relieved to find this shot (the one that I had imagined in my mind) in the collection. My small quest had been a success……!