I had a meeting at one of our branches yesterday morning and my friend Gary (President of one of our banks) flew to Maquoketa to attend the meeting. I picked him up at the Maquoketa airport and after the meeting I photographed his take off and departure. I was his first passenger a couple of years ago right after Gary got his pilot’s license. In fact I posted a video of our landing on YouTube.
The point of today’s post is not necessarily about the airplane or even Gary although both are very interesting subjects to write about. It’s more about the Nikon D800 DLSR and its remarkable 36.6 megapixel sensor. I shot this take off with the D800 and the new Nikon 80 – 400 f4.5-5.6 ED VR Lens. Not the best camera for shooting action scenes because of its slow 4fps capacity. But the level of detail it captures also makes it the perfect camera for these types of shots. So it’s a trade-off. Frame speed for level of detail.
The file size is over 7,900 pixels wide (huge.) I cropped this shot down to 940 pixels and then enlarged it to 1200 pixels for the format of this blog. It is starting to get a little grainy at this level but look at the detail. I would guess that he was 600 feet in the air and about 500 feet away from me. I was just amazed at the results when I was processing this photo this morning. Keep in mind this is the same photo as the first one in this post.
Well that’s it for today. Enjoy your Friday. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.