Nocturnal at Scone – Been there!

I drove my daughter back to her flat in Dundee last night, which is usually a great excuse to photograph something in the dark. Usually it is a biz-jet at Dundee, there was one there but it did not look all that well lit so I kept on driving ending up at Scone.

This is the first time that I have seen the new flood lights in use, and wow, I’m impressed. I had half hoped that the US registered Beech Bonanza that I had heard land earlier in the day would be still there but no, it was just the based aircraft that were sitting out on the snow covered apron. This is one of two Senecas that are used to train prospective airline pilots and are a common sight at Scottish airports as they bash the airways the length of the country. It took me a long time to discover that although at first glance they both look the same, this one has a set of gold cheatlines on the tail, where the other one has not. (Well it was cold and I was wearing an anorak!)

G-IFLP PA-34 Seneca

This was shot was taken with the 100mm end of the 100-400mm lens, I could have gone closer but I could not be bothered changing the len and besides I wanted to see what kind of a job the sexy new L-glass lens made of a night shot…. And yes it is really leaning over at an angle as the apron really does slope down to the right at Scone. Normally I would level the shot off in Photoshop to make it seem like Scone on par with Schipol but not today, sometimes one gets tired of deception for the sake of convention.

The last shot is my favourite and I was also surprised at the quality of the light, there was no colour cast correction necessary for any of these photos, which is unusual for photos shot under artificial light.

G-BHAI Cessna 152

First guess was 30 seconds, which quickly came down to less than 10, such was the strength of the light. With that all done it was time to shuffle back to the car and re-set everything back to normal as I did not want to lift my camera out of the bag only to discover that the Camera was set to Manual, then discover the lens was on Manual Focus, then discover the stabilisation was turned off and then at the critical moment find out that I had not disabled the mirror lock-up. Been there!

The long drive home warmed camera bag slowly as we both thawed out, which makes a nice change from removing the memory card from the camera outside the house in the cold or waiting an hour or so for the camera to warm up inside the bag before being able to process the pictures. Anything is better than having ones precious camera and lens covered in potentially harmful condensation. Been there!


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