Stop at the local airport

Aircraft 1
Nikon D200, Sigma 50-500 mm f/4.0-6.3

On my way to some of the places I visit frequently for wildlife shooting I drive by at the Dubuque airport. It is a small local airport and unfortunately served only by one commercial airline with flights to Chicago. Most of the time there is not much going on.

Nikon D200, Sigma 50-500 mm f/4.0-6.3

This weekend was different. Many small World War II aircrafts were there in preparation for the air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin next week. They were flying in formations of four and I had fun to watch the starts and landings for quite some time. Not that I want to switch my focus towards aviation photography but the aircrafts provided a great opportunity to practice shooting technique that is also essential for wildlife photography.

Aircraft 2
Nikon D200, Sigma 50-500 mm f/4.0-6.3

In order to get sharp images of a moving subject it is important to know how to pan with your camera, with or without tripod. It sounds easy but it isn't, and the number of blurred images this weekend showed me that I still have a long way to go....