This also means the removal of 153 lamp posts, road signages and bus stops. The clearance work involves something like 1,000 manpower, and during peace-time exercises, contractors are engaged to help with the removal work.
Some of you may ask, where can contractors be found during war-time? The short answer is, the RSAF can depend on its own manpower to get the alternate runway ready within 48 hours.
Anyway, I decided to try something different… Use a (relatively) slow shutter speed to capture and show the sheer speed of these jets as they zoomed (roared?) past us, just 3 lanes away. Used Shutter Priority at 1/30th second at first, but I didn’t have any keepers from there. Which is why I don’t have photos of the first plane (an F-15SG), as they were too blur.
Tested 1/100th second seemed to work better, so I stuck with that. I also tried using Aperture Priority, which gave me some very fast shutter times and froze the planes. But I felt that this didn’t give me the feeling of sheer speed and power that I wanted. I must say that my 5D Mark III’s auto-focus system helped me quite a lot, though!
I used my favourite Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L lens, which almost proved too tight, as we were really close to the planes, and the planes themselves were also huge. Found myself having to step back a few metres to try and get the whole plane in the frame.
Some tips for if you’re also going to shoot the next event:
- Bring a bagpack which includes a hydration bag, like those from Camelbak and Osprey. This will help you to stay well-hydrated under the hot sun.
- Bring a cap along to shield your eyes and face.
- Bring and apply sunblock.
- If you’re using a full-frame camera, 70-300mm works well enough. Any longer and it might be too “tight”.
This is something from my cycling hobby… But I wore my Q36.5 Base Layer 1 to help manage my body heat. Being snug, it wick-ed away my perspiration and somehow helped me to regulate body temp under the hot sun. It’s a bit counter-intuitive I suppose… Since we think that something like that will only make us feel warmer. While it’s true that I felt warm at first, but once the base layer is damp, it doesn’t feel warm any more.
As always, keep yourself hydrated properly!