This post about the Japan Air show which was held in Tsuiki in 2013, is essentially a photo-blog. Since I am very new to shooting air shows, hence not yet qualified enough to write a “how to shoot air shows” or “camera settings” etc. But you will find the EXIF that I used for taking these photos (at the end).
Photo-blog: Japan Air Show
Tsuiki Air Field – 2013
Preparing yourself (technically) before heading to photo-shoot any event (like Fireworks etc) is probably the most important aspect. Unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared for this one at all. One fine Saturday morning very early morning (28th April 2013), my friend woke me up and told that there is this Air-show not very far from our city. It was already 6 am, and we just rushed to the venue. I was just lucky that my camera and phone were fully charged and utilized the drive-time to read through some “how to shoot” etc. (details are given below).
About Tsuiki (Japan)
Tsuiki is a small city in the Fukuoka prefecture (Kyushu Island) and is mainly known for its airbase – Japan Air Self-Defense Force Tsuiki Airbase.
Reaching Tsuiki is not a difficult task if you are on the Kyushu island. You can reach the Kyushu island from the other ones either via Fukuoka or through Oita. Since I used to stay in Oita, it was fairly simple for me. Just a 90km drive!
The Air Show
We reached the airbase around 8am, but as expected, it was already heavily crowded. A tip, similar to the fireworks photography, the place you choose (or “get” if you are late) is very important for framing a nice shot. That’s why most pro-photographers had apparently reached there by 5.30 am !!
We were lucky enough that a partially-cloudy day gradually cleared up to become bright and sunny, and hence most of the photos have a beautiful blue backdrop! 🙂
…and the Air Show begins…
Although my max zoom lens was only 200 mm, my Japanese language skills came to rescue and I was successful in convincing an old uncle to share one of his lenses (400 mm) with me which he wasn’t using (coz he had a 600mm lens) !!