I know that I am not the best when it comes to foresight and preparation – that’s one of the many things that separates me from talented people like Vincent Laforet, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and film-maker. That having been said, all the talent and preparation in the world won’t help you film a one-off event if neither the weather nor the flight paths agree to play by the rules.
Here is Vincent Laforet’s blog post about filming the last flight of the space shuttle Endeavour. It was a flypast and final landing at LA airport, with the shuttle piggybacked onto a Boing 747. The post has two videos: the shuttle landing and footage from his two-hours of practice with a Red Epic and Canon 800mm lens.
I urge you to watch both videos with HD toggled on and in full screen mode, if your bandwidth can take the strain.