In about two weeks, Wings Over Wiscasset 2.0 will attract thousands of people to its two days of air shows featuring WW II Warbirds and the Texas Flying Legends, antique autos, a big band swing dance, tributes to veterans, and more.
In preparation, I went out to the Wiscasset Airport to remind myself of where I might position to get the best photos of the events.
Since I don’t carry a lot of equipment when I shoot, I wasn’t sure whether my 18-200mm lens could do the job. But then I reviewed my images from last year’s show and noticed that I did most of my shots with my then-new 18-70mm.
Surprise, surprise! The 70mm was enough for me to get some detail as planes flew over. Going up to 200mm will be a big leap closer, just fine to catch planes in the air. I also found that shooting at 1/1250th of second is enough to stop propellers, and, like when shooting snow scenes, I should open up a stop or two to prevent the sky from overpowering the planes.