Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to observe a number of F-16s and F-35s from our Royal Dutch Air Force pulling off amazing moves. As usual at the end of the day, I was browsing through my images, not expecting too much (with my usual keeper rate of less than 5%) but this time I noticed there was ‘something else’.
I couldn’t help staring at some of the F-35 shots, almost as if there was an underlying message, in a way perhaps similar when you’re looking at art and you feel there is a story or message being told.
However, can images of fighter jets in action even be considered as ‘art’? Well, if there is such a thing as pop art then why not ‘jet art’? (although I would definitely not recommend ‘jet music’, see my previous article on that one :)
“The Art of the Jet”
Nikon 600mm f/4E FL on Nikon D850, f/5.6, 1/1600 s., ISO 125, AF-Area Mode: 3D-tracking
Recently I’ve also been receiving “how to” questions from readers; for example which settings to use on the Nikon 600mm f/4E FL super telephoto prime lens and how to get the most out of the D850’s IQ – still the best full frame digital camera (mirrorless or not) to this date, for this type of photography, in my humble/very personal & quite subjective point of view off course.
I thought I’d combine this in a small series of new blog posts: my experiences with- and guidelines on the Nikon D850/600mm combo in the context of (F-35) fighter jet photography, with sometimes unexpected and perhaps even ‘artistic’ results.
And as a teaser: I recently saw a Tweet which may explain why those F-16s and F-35s were actually making those cool moves in the first place (where I was lucky enough to be at the right spot, at the right time), so… stay tuned!