I did something totally different for me this morning. I took two cameras with me and photographed planes taking off and landing at my local airport.
The first plane that I saw moving into my field of vision was this light aircraft. For this shot, I used my Fuji XT-4 mirrorless camera with a 16-55 mm f/2.8 lens and an Acros +yellow film simulation. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Fuji film simulations, they are effects that are built into the camera software that enable you to mimic the kind of effects that filmmakers used to use when making movies. The effect I used here creates a grayscale image that darkens the blue of the sky and adds contrast.
I’m still new to this camera, unused to the controls and this was the first time that I’ve used a film simulation. It was also the first time that I’ve tried photographing aircraft in flight.
By way of comparison, for this photo I used my familiar Pentax K-1 full-frame dslr camera that uses a pentaprism and mirrors to pass the image from the lens to the sensor. For this outing I used a Pentax 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens. So, for this series of photos, the colour images were all taken with the Pentax and the monochrome ones with the Fuji.
All the photographs were taken the same place from a path on a slope at Speke Hall, Liverpool. The grounds of the Hall overlook the end of the runway. Here’s a scheduled passenger jet taking-off.
Here’s another one as it takes to the air.
Here a Ryanair flight has just landed and is on it’s way back to allow passengers to disembark.
1/250 secs @f/8 and 200 mm. ISO 100.