This image was taken in Homer in Alaska in July 2012. I had seen the float planes flying overhead in the days that I was there but I did not see them landing or taking off – always in the air of flying away or into Homer itself. On this day, we were heading back from the Spit to our accommodation and I saw a float plane coming into land. I quickly parked the car and go out and raced back to a location on the bridge where the plane was coming straight towards me for landing. However I was too late and the plane was already on the water and taxing into the dock. As I headed back towards the car another plane flew overhead and banked on approach to landing – there must have been two groups of passengers out that way. I quickly got back into position and captured this image as the first plane was heading towards the dock and the second plane was just touching down to land.
The shot was taken handholding the camera and keeping the shutter speed relatively high in order to avoid shake as I was shooting with the 70-200mm lens at approximately 200mm.
Equipment used :
Camera: Canon 1D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM
EXIF: ISO 400 f/5.6 1/1000 +0.33ev 175mm