Garyck From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 292 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3528 times:
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This year will be my first RIAT for photography.Saturday will be a day down with the family, Monday I'll be back down for the departures. I went when I was younger as a 'number cruncher, but was well away from the flight line.
I have looked at images and can see that both a short and long lens will be needed. . . . . esecially for the static stuff, so hope the 18-55mm will be ok.
1 - Will a 70-200mm F4 L be enough for some of the 'flying action'?. Its the set up similar to Farnborugh where you can get a position along the runway.
LGW340 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 315 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3520 times:
I too will be there on Saturday. Most looking forward to the Ukraine Air Force IL-76!!! I have been to the departures day before and that was runwayside like it is at FAB Airshow.
The 70-200mm F/4 L will be good for takeoff's and landings (lineups if you go down far enough) and displays in the air of larger aircraft such as B-52, RAF A330 etc but for the fighter jets it may be a bit of a struggle.
Who else is going, would be good to see some of you there
Garyck From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 292 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3518 times:
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That IL-76 and SU-27 Sounds great as do The Saudi Air Force Display Hawks. There are supposed to be a fair few of the 'tiger' aircraft there too.
I plan on being there for when the gates open, drop the family off to secure a spot at the flight display line and go on a fast walk about before too many people block the views of the aircraft on static display. What else are mother-in-laws for?
GPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 823 posts, RR: 26 Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3514 times:
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The 18-55 will be ok for the static, though you might need to get a bit creative. My Fairford static shots have been with the 18-55 from 2006 onwards. The cones and ropes are usually quite close to the aircraft which makes "whole aircraft" shots tricky and there will be lots of people in the way if you try to move back from the ropes.
One thing that always baffles me is the number of photographers that turn up on a Saturday or Sunday and shout at people who get in the shot while they stand 30 feet from the rope trying to get it all in the frame. It is a very, very, busy, public event. Anyone wanting a shot clear of people while being that far from the rope will have to be very patient and/or very lucky and/or get in VERY early or VERY late. Hats off to the patient ones who wait and wait, but never shout at people, in the hope of a gap so they can get the shot they really want.
Can't help with the 70-200 question as I use the 100-400. Might not be enough for the smaller aircraft if you are not near the front. The flying display line is I believe, further back than the runway, so take-off if often the best chance for a good flying shot if you are a bit short on length.
The sun is behing you for most of the day which certainly helps.
My own preferred area is right down the East side, the middle is too busy. There are plenty of good to excellent places to shoot right along the runway length. Depends what you are really after and which way the wind is blowing. I like to be near the landing end if possible.
Have fun, I'm going on Saturday and Monday too so let's hope we have good weather.
LGW340 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 315 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3511 times:
Quoting Garyck (Reply 2): I plan on being there for when the gates open, drop the family off to secure a spot at the flight display line and go on a fast walk about before too many people block the views of the aircraft
I will be there at 7am I think and the gates open at 7.30, do the dash around the static, grab a decent place by the runway then leave my mum there while I pop around the static again!
I chose Saturday over Sunday as I think Sunday will be busier for families because Alexandra Burke is singing on the Sunday.
As others have said, 70-200 should be OK for runway shots and bigger flying stuff. I don't think the crowd line is as close to the runway as Farnborough (but not a lot in it), but, the display line is the far side of the runway. For smaller flying stuff, you'll need at least 400mm.
Finding somewhere to shoot is not difficult, especially if you're prepared to get there EARLY!
sulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2032 posts, RR: 34 Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3367 times:
70-200 is fine, but you're going to be limited to Runway & Just after takeoff. Anything fighter-sized over the display line wil be too far away. To be honest, even 400mm doesn't buy you much more in the way of opportunities at RIAT, but does help with Helicopters (they tend to scoot around the display line quite slowly) but I was pretty happy with my 70-200 shots from 2005: http://www.pbase.com/sulman/riat_2005
In fact, all of the shots in the gallery are with the very combination you describe.
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teopilot From Italy, joined Jul 2010, 542 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3347 times:
I've never been at RIAT, but I have attended several Air Shows till now...
As others said before, 200mm will be a little bit short to get very good results: if you shot a small plane during the display, like the Typhoon or similar, you'll have to crop too much... and the quality would be affected too.
Personally, I have gone for the TC 1.4x II, mounted on my 70-200 f/4 L , non IS versions, and I'm happy with the results I have got.
80mm are quite useful sometimes, especially when taking pictures at airshows.
As I don't know how RIAT is organizaed, I don't know what will be the distance between you and the display line:
but if you will be close enough to the latter, you could manage to do something good also with a 200mm.
I'll post a sample picture, taken at 180 mm, with a small crop, after a slow passage of the EFA.
pilotalltheway From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3155 times:
Self plugging alert!
Went last year, the grandstand is good, but contains loads of grumpies so don't stand up.. EVER! And if you can, get a seat at the back and don't leave it unattended!
Quoting LGW340 (Reply 4): will be there at 7am I think and the gates open at 7.30, do the dash around the static, grab a decent place by the runway then leave my mum there while I pop around the static again!
What a lovely mum! lol
Remember how long the actual static display is too, be sure to keep your timetable with you at all times!
derekf From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 866 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3125 times:
That's very nice McG. My similar shot was rejected.....
Anyway, I would suggest that you might get away with 300mm if you are reasonably close to the display line but 400mm is better. Last I used a rented Nikon 80-400mm - this year I'll be using a Sigma 120-400mm. I use a Tamron 18-250mm for the static display. The advice is get there early. I'll be queueing from around 6.30am for gates open at 7.30am. Last I got the West end static to myself virtually and the early morning light was excellent.
GPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 823 posts, RR: 26 Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3104 times:
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Quoting scbriml (Reply 5): Quoting GPHOTO (Reply 3):
let's hope we have good weather
This is RIAT we're talking about, yes?
Ha, ha! Yes it is. I'm not going to tempt anything by saying anything more on the matter until after RIAT 2011.
Quoting pilotalltheway (Reply 10): Remember how long the actual static display is too, be sure to keep your timetable with you at all times!
Good advice, the static is pretty big (but apparently not as big as it used to be). It certainly takes me a fair while to get around it, but I do like to see everything.
Quoting derekf (Reply 12): I'll be queueing from around 6.30am for gates open at 7.30am. Last I got the West end static to myself virtually and the early morning light was excellent.
The morning and especially evening light at Fairford works out really well. Hang back after the show, don't fight with the escaping crowds and enjoy some shots with a difference. You'll like the results and have a quieter drive home.
derekf From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 866 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2903 times:
It should be OK. The problem in 2008 was the rain in the days prior to the show days. The rain doesn't look to be as bad and the forecasts are favouring Sunday at the moment. I'll make up my mind tomorrow lunchtime.
LGW340 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 315 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2895 times:
Ok thanks. I have a Saturday ticket so will just have to get wet! I'm hoping Saturday will be a little quieter if the weather isn't as good and also Alexandra Burke is singing on Sunday only so hopefully more families will go on the Sunday!
LGW340 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 315 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2790 times:
Now that it's less than 24 hrs away, the weather forecasts SHOULD be a little more accurate and they are all saying heavy rain all day! Great. Anybody know a way of finding out how low the cloud will be?
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25 derekf: I use Meteoblue - it has a neat graphic on the bottom of the forecast page showing cloud cover. It looks like the rain will be heavier on Sunday but n
26 derekf: Well the forecasts were right. I went Sunday and had a great day. Hopefully the screeners will see some of the results very soon.
27 Garyck: Saturday was a nightmare in the Morning, I got there at 7am with the family, Parked up and prepared for the worst.......4 hours of rain, clothing stu