Goal of the Photo

While attending the Prairie Airshow in Peoria, Illinois in 2010 I captured many incredible aircraft. This aircraft, a T-28 Trojan, flown by Herb Baker and affectionately known as "Ditto", was put through its paces in a fantastic aerobatic display. I wanted to capture an isolated shot of this training aircraft as it passed through airshow center. Not an easy feat using a manual focus lens.

Project Specs


  • Aviation Photography

Camera and Lens Used

  • Camera: Pentax K110d DSLR
  • Lens: ProMaster 70-210mm f4.5-5.6 Telephoto
  • Aperture: f9.5
  • Film Speed: ISO 200
  • Focal Length: 200mm
  • Shutter Speed: 1/500th second

Location and Date

Location: General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (KPIA)
Peoria, Illinois

  • Date: July 25, 2010

Photo Analysis

One of the more difficult types of aviation photos to capture is an airshow performer flying at a high speed. Getting the plane nicely composed in the frame while also in focus is critical. This photo is nearly centered in the frame with plenty of blue sky and white clouds. The streaming smoke off the wings gives the still image a sense of movement giving the viewer a feeling of the power and excitement of this moment.