Panning Aircraft in flight

Panning is a creative technique that can convey a real sense of movement in action photos. If you use a fast shutter speed to freeze a fast-moving subject, the picture can lack some of the drama that was there at the time, because the subject will look like a statue. But if you use a slower shutter speed and move (or pan) the camera at the same speed as your subject, then you can get the moving subject sharp in the photo while the background and any static objects become a smooth blur.

I used panning for these images taken at airshows. .

Pentax K-3mk.2, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM. ISO:100 1/160 f:11

Brent Handy Pitts aerobatics Pitts Special aerobatic plane. September 15, 2018. Pentax K-3 mk.2 with Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS. Flat level high speed pass.

Pentax K-3mk.2, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM. ISO:100 1/160 f:11

Brent Handy Pitts aerobatics Pitts Special aerobatic plane. September 15, 2018. Pentax K-3 mk.2 with Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS. Knife edge pass.

Pentax K-3mk.2, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM. ISO:400 1/125 f:22

1952 Canadian Car & Foundry Co Harvard Mark 4 (C-GBQB) [MN352] © 2018 Darrell Larose. Take off, raising landing gear

Pentax K-3mk.2, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM. ISO:400 1/80 f:22

The common yellow livery for the RCAF Trainers this Vintage Wings of Canada/Yellow Wings 1952 Canadian Car & Foundry Co. Limited RCAF 2866 Harvard 4 (s/n: CCF4-242) powered by: Pratt & Whitney Wasp R-1340-AN-1 © 2018 Darrell Larose, Ottawa. has taken off, but has not retracted the landing gear.

Pentax K-3mk.2, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM. ISO:1600 1/100 f:8

Another Harvard, Doug Anderson flying his replica Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero “TORA 101”, a modified RCAF Harvard Mk.4. Friday September 6, 2019 Twilight show at Aero Gatineau-Ottawa airshow. © 2019 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

Pentax K-3mk.2, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM. ISO:400 1/60 f:22

The current RCAF trainer is also a Harvard, but technically CT-156 Harvard II powered with the ubiquitous Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop, 1,100 shp turboprop engine. Pentax K-3 mk.2 with Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM using in lens OS. © 2018 Darrell Larose.

Pentax K-3mk.2, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM. ISO:400 1/100 f:22

The Collings Foundation immaculate Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX BR601, with its history of 116 combat missions, flown by two Aces, is arguably the most significant surviving Allied fighter aircraft in the world. © 2019 Darrell Larose

Pentax K-3mk.2, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM. ISO:400 1/200 f:8

Dave Hadfield piloting the Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX – Vintage Wings of Canada tribute livery to honour F/L Arnold Roseland, a Canadian who flew 442 Squadron’s Y2-K aircraft more than 65 times before being shot down and killed in 1944 over France. September 11, 2021 at Aero Gatineau-Ottawa. © 2021 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

These are a few panning frames from the local airshows, The Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM was used with mode 2 Optical Stabilization that is optimized for panning versus mode 1 which is optimized for stationary subjects. The in-body stabilization of my Pentax K-3mk.2 is turned off when the Sigma 150~500 zoom is mounted.

Darrell Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Darrell Written by:

I am a self confessed techno-geek. While rooted in traditional analog photography, I have embraced the new technologies in photography. I am just as comfortable under the dark cloth of a large-format view camera, as I am with a digital camera. I can produce award winning photographs within the darkroom, or from a digital-desktop. With over 40 years of photography as a both hobby, and over 35 years within the professional arena I have always produced the highest quality product. I am self-taught in the digital media, I have been a PhotoShop user since 1995 (version 2.5) I found the transition fairly seamless due to my long experience in labs. I have been an Internet addict since early 1992. The digital imaging field I feel has opened up more flexibility in the final work, as art, photography and graphic design can all meet. I have worked within various Government photo units, as well as various professional labs. I can easily converse with a police forensic photographer as I can with a wedding sports or commercial photographer. I have worked for several of Ottawa’s top photographers. I have worked at several pro labs. As well as many years in photo retail. In 2007, the Camera Club of Ottawa honoured me by granting me Life Membership within the club. This was to honour all that I have done and still do for the Camera Club of Ottawa. I feel it has been my second home since 1970. Enjoy my website, and my images.

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