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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken at an WWII Aircraft Enthusiasts event called Flying Legends at RAF Duxford in the UK. Duxford was made an RAF Fighter Station in 1924. Duxford's 19 Squadron was the first RAF unit to receive the Supermarine Spitfire back in 1938.
Time
The image was taken at Midday. The sun was high in the sky and the shadows were very strong. I exposed for the darkest area on the pilots uniform which was the pistol holster.
Lighting
I took about three shots before I got the exposure right and purposefully used a wide aperture to blur the back ground just enough so you could still make out the shape of the P38 Thunderbolt behind him.
Equipment
With such a wide aperture and bright midday sun it was safe to hand hold as the shutter speed was well over 1/1000th. It was taken on a Nikon D810 with a 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens. No filters where used but in hind sight I would have like a polariser to help tame the light and saturate the colours more.
Inspiration
It was just one of those moments when you see something about to happen that you just know is going to make a decent picture. I cannot claim the image was planned at all - I was just in the right place at the right time.
Editing
I cleaned the image up in LightRoom but nothing more than a small crop and some lens spots removed.
In my camera bag
This depends what I am intending to shoot. My D810 is with me all the time but lens choice can range from the excellent Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 through to the 70-200mm mentioned above. For portraiture I like my 105mm and my 85mm but in the studio, the 70-200 is king.
Feedback
Keep your shutter speed high enough to eliminate camera shake. This is easy to do in bright midday sun but if you are taking images at dusk, dawn or just in low light, don't forget that increasing you ISO will help raise your shutter speed and get the image sharp. Its better to have a sharp if slightly grainy image than to have a noise free blurred image!

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