Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sun N Fun 2012

Last Flying B-29 Super Fortress
This past weekend I (with the family) attended Sun N Fun in Lakeland, Florida.  I had heard about this "fly-in" for years but never realized just how big the event was.  There were thousands of airplanes.  Some dating back to WWII.  If you are into planes at all then mark this on your calendar for next year.  It is a week long event and my estimate is that it would take at least 3 days to begin to see it all.  It is the "Disney World" of aviation says my Wife.


Now, if you are both into aviation and into photography you may end up with sensory overload.  I have only gone through a fraction of the images I took but here are some of my favorites so far.  I was lucky to have some cloud activity which is almost always a good thing for photographers.

There is a very difficult aspect to photographing prop driven planes.  That is if you use too high of a shutter speed then the props are frozen.  The key is to show the props moving.  To do this you have to maintain a shutter speed of 1/250 or slower.  It is very difficult to get a good sharp image from a 300mm lens when the shutter is so slow.  In order to attain a sharp airplane but still have blurred props you have to pan with the aircraft.  It took me a good bit of time to get the hang of this but once you do the images look so much better.

P-51 Mustang
Remember to mark Sun N Fun on your calendars for next year!!!  I hope to see you there!  If you have any questions about anything photography related just shoot me an e-mail or give me a call.  You can find more information about Sun N Fun here at



  1. So far ~ so good (great in fact) and will look forward to seeing more. Before announcing the winner for this year's photo contest, Bill Fortney was showing us some of his photos and what to look for when shooting airplanes.....and yours are exactly how he explained taking a good photo should be. WOW....he would be impressed I'm sure! Happy shooting. Penny

  2. Jason, these are some fantastic shots. Especially the one with the Blue Angel plan with the sun illuminating within. The ISO and the exposure value are perfectly select keeping the true color of the sky and plane. Sweet!

  3. Thanks Penny... You have no idea how much that comment means!!!