A couple of weekends ago I went down to Eastbourne (for the first time ever) with the family for the Airshow, which gave me the opportunity for another day of photography well outside of my comfort zone. I’m really enjoying doing this now, as it is making me think harder about my shots. Anything that makes you do some extra thinking about photography is always a good thing!
The most suitable lens for my Fujifilm X-T1 I have for this is the XF 18-135mm lens (giving me a 216mm equivalent at the long end) so I wasn’t planning on getting any close-ups.
Also this was my first outing with the v4 firmware for the X-T1, so was looking forward to a real world testing of the new autofocus system.
I don’t think I got any amazing shots, and don’t think I’m going to become an obsessive aeroplane photographer 🙂 …but here are some of the ones I like….
So to the Airshow… this takes place over Eastbourne beach, which gives the whole thing a rather unique feel.
I believe that was a Vulcan bomber, amazing thing to watch the huge thing glide so gently though the sky, making a huge amount of noise!
This display team were very impressive… (incudes a bunch of ex Red Arrows pilots I believe)
It was around this point I noticed my camera starting taking all my shots in JPG only. I always shoot RAW + JPG as I always run my photos through Lightfoot (as were all the photos on this page), but also like the ability to pick any photo I’ve taken and tweet it live from the Fuji iPad app, so have jpg selected also. But my X-T1 suddenly decided to grey out all the RAW options in the menu. Turned it off and on, Same. Tried a factory reset, same. Found this very odd…. but finally fixed it by switching on and off the Auto/Manual Aperture switch on the XF18-135mm lens, and RAW was back! Now this could be some odd thing going on with the new V4 firmware, who knows, I don’t use this lens too often, so don’t have a huge experience with it yet.
These are some new training jets, if I remember rightly. (or they might be old training jets)
Now on to my childhood favourites, (and still find them rather cool!!) Everyone in the UK knows these guys, as they’ve been around for ever, and perform there aerobatics for so many events in the UK. If something is happening, the Red Arrows will at least do a fly by!
Liked the viewpoint of this with the seagulls in the foreground.
Liked the head on, landing lights on shot.
…and of course there traditional red white & blue smoke.
I got loads of shots of the Red Arrows, but I’m not going to post them as the web is full of much better shots that I got of these guys!
What do I think of the new Autofocus system on the v4 firmware? …in short, Great! The first few shots I was very aware of one shot focus being much quicker, and continuous focus being constantly on the mark. After the first few shots I totally forgot about it, as it very quickly became normal, and how the camera performs.
Top marks to Fujifilm for such a great update to there exciting camera range, and not trying to force cisterns to buy a new model to get these improvements.
With the planes over, the next section was the night event, with pyrotechnics, fireworks and Scouting For Girls. (I resisted the urge to go down the front by the stage to photography Scouting for Girls!)
These crazy pilots were in Gliders with pyrotechnics!!