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Isle of Barra airport
« on: October 06, 2017, 08:43:30 AM »
The Isle of Barra is one of the more Southern Outer Hebridean islands and has a unique airport. The runway is Traigh Mhor beach at low tide. We didn't fly but had to make time to see the planes coming in to land and take off. I somehow managed to get the times wrong and missed the landing however we did see one take off.

Way out of my usual comfort zone, only had my 70-200 so switched camera to apsc mode for a little extra reach.











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Re: Isle of Barra airport
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2017, 08:50:08 AM »










I'm sure many of you could have done a far superior job but it was an amazing place and sight with very short take off

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Re: Isle of Barra airport
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2017, 01:38:21 PM »
Interesting set.

You certainly find a range of great things to shoot :)

One thing to try to remember when shooting prop aircraft is that you really need to watch the shutter speed to find the sweet spot where images are sharp, but the props show rotation blur - typically this is between 1/150 and 1/500, depending on the aircraft (you want the prop to sweep about 1/8 - 3/16 turn so you can see both where a blade has blurred the image, and where it is clear).

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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2017, 01:41:11 PM »
I'll try to remember if i have a chance to shoot something similar again. I just wanted to be able to capture the plane fairly sharply so i had a record of it and all skill went out the window. I was like an amateur with an point and shoot!

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2017, 01:59:04 PM »
Like many things, it's much easier to remember when sitting and reviewing images at leisure, and much harder to do so when looking through the viewfinder!

(If I remembered all the things I 'know' when out with my camera, my images would be a lot better :lol:)
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Re: Isle of Barra airport
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2017, 06:19:21 PM »
Nice captures Chris. Very interesting to me as my brother in law, together with his wife who speaks Gaelic and English, live in Bornish (Bornais in Gaelic I think) on the Isle of Uist, immediately to the north of the isle of Bara.

It appears to be a very wild place, the scenery I mean, not the night life :) as the sheep outnumber the humans by 1000 t0 1. Just kidding. I am surprised they have airplane service. My sister in law who visits often from Glasgow, goes by that plane and sometimes by ferry. She loves it there and wants my wife and I to visit from Canada. If I went there I would be sure to take all my camera gear.

Are all these islands part of the outer Hebrides? It apparently rains every day, if I believe my brother in law, but then that is also true of Scotland in general. Again, just ribbing you. :D
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Re: Isle of Barra airport
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2017, 09:00:50 PM »
A great experience Chris and, as you say, not in your long exposure with a big stopper.
Faldrax nailed it.  When I get to shoot a prop aircraft or helicopter, it is usually a grab shot and whatever the camera is set to is pot luck....john
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Re: Isle of Barra airport
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017, 10:10:06 PM »
Yes Charles they are all part of the Outer Hebrides archipelago. From Vaterasy which is connected to Barra via a causeway, Eriskay connected to South Uist via causeway onto Benbecula and North Uist then onto Berneray all connected via causeway's the across the sound of Harris to Harris and Lewis which include Scalpay via a bridge and Great Bernera also via a bridge.

The land is very rugged, marshy, boggy and very lunar looking in places with some of the most stunning beaches around. Most of the beaches are on the West coast of all the islands.

As for rain, we have lots of that and it's often very windy. There is a saying that "if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes" the jist of that being you will often experience all 4 seasons in one day.
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Re: Isle of Barra airport
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2017, 10:23:08 PM »

[quote There is a saying that "if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes" the just of that being you will often experience all 4 seasons in one day.
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Exactly what folks say about Melbourne Chris.  You can get four seasons in a day.
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