Red Arrows at Farnborough International Airshow 2014

Red Arrows at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014
Red Arrows at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014

As I copied files off the D200 into my photos folder, I realised that I had not taken a single shot with the Nikon since January. Looking back at the keepers, I’m glad I forced myself to shoot the Farnborough Airshow 2014 fly-bys.

This picture was taken with the D200 and a vintage manual Sirius 70-210mm f/4-5.6. I had to check the metering frequently because the lighting kept changing. The trick, I found, was to spot-meter on the clouds at +2 EV — as per the zone system — and to let the exposure in the rest of the frame take care of itself.

Comments

  1. I love the zone metering system. In fact, I tend to rely on it so much that I find it difficult to master the evaluative metering system. I would typically look for one of these thing: green grass, something that is white, or something that is black. Isn’t it fun when the lighting condition changes rapidly and you have to change your exposure? :-)

  2. Thanks :-)

    Not only the changing light, but also the aircraft would move from cloudy areas to bright areas with the sun as backlight.

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