Fairford Airshow

Italian Air Force
Although I spend the majority of my time these days taking pictures underwater, I'm always tempted to go out and do something different. Taking pictures of aircraft is an interesting technical challenge, and depending on whether you're doing propeller driven planes, and or the latest stealth jet fighters, you need to use different techniques. For planes with propellers you need to use a slower shutter speed (shutter priority), depending on the planes, shutter speeds needed to show motion blur vary from 1/60 - 1/250 depending on engine speeds. Obviously for jets, the fastest shutter speeds possible, 1/4000 - 1/8000 for example (aperture priority). This maneuver was done by the Italian Air Force Frecce Tricolori, I believe it's supposed to be the Italian flag. Quite impressive ...