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Track the action.

Fast jets, loud jets, J-E-T-S, Jets Jets Jets. This is a shot of a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor screaming by overhead, executing a fly-by during a local air show. To capture this sort of action, you need shutter speed and reflexes. The camera was set for 1/1000 second, which seemed to work well.

If you’re photographing something super-fast, don’t focus on one spot. Instead, pan and track the plane, using continuous focus to lock on. When everything works (except the weather in this case, which stunk), you get sharp photos of action, well, in action.

Settings: f/4.5, 1/1000 second, ISO 125, 300mm focal length. APS-C.

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