Since I was a kid the official end of summer was always the airshow at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto, Canada. Luckily the weather cooperated this year and I was able to spend a couple of afternoons on the Labour Day holiday weekend taking images at the CNE Airshow. This was my first attempt to use my Nikon 1 gear for airshow photography.
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I went to Marilyn Bell Park which is just west of the CNE grounds. This provided excellent visibility and I will definitely go back in the future.
I shot hand-held both days using one of my Nikon 1 V2’s along with my Nikon 1 CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. This was the first time that I ever tried using my Nikon 1 gear for this type of subject matter. Since I sold my D800 and all of my full frame lenses in July I was very interested to see how my Nikon 1 gear would perform.
I experimented quite a bit during both of my visits shooting single frames as well as AF-C bursts at 15 fps.
I used single point focusing as well as subject tracking. I found that I preferred single point AF when shooting single frames.
I used Manual settings with 160-6400 auto-ISO.
One of the highlights of the show for me was seeing a P-51 Mustang being escorted by a fighter jet. Seeing these two aircraft flying next to each other really emphasized how much flight technology has changed over the years.
While some people prefer the jet formation flying I always enjoy the acrobatics performed by the propeller-driven biplanes.
This year the audience was treated to a biplane that was also fitted with a jet engine. The pilot would alternate between his engines which made for a very interesting routine.
I always look for the artistic effects that the smoke trails can create and try to capture subject aircraft in ways that help to accentuate the smoke patterns.