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Shooting Airliners For Best Results

By Joe Pries
March 13, 2001

Shooting quality airliner photos involves a bit more than just picking up a camera and going out to the airport. Joe Pries, a professional photographer, takes you though the do's and don'ts of this growing art form.

So you’ve got the bug. You look forward to heading out to the airport on the weekend and get great shots of the new types, new color schemes, special paint schemes, hybrids (one airline’s name on another airline’s airplane and scheme), or a hot charter carrier coming to the airport for a rare visit. Well guess what? You’re definitely not alone. Airline photography has been around for many years now and is getting hotter and hotter! Just look at the great selection of airliners in every issue of today’s numerous airline magazines and the tremendous selection here on Airliners.net.

These days if you’re going to go out to LAX, LHR, MIA, FRA or any other big airport, do not be surprised if you are not the only one out there. Airline photographers are devoting more time to photography trips all over the world! Just come to Miami International (MIA) on any given day during the peak shooting season (Oct-Mar) and they are all over the place- the Canadian shooters, European, South American, American, they are all out there trying to get the great shots in the great weather.

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This photo features a nice clean background and foreground.
A shot like this with such a clean background is hard to get
at most airports. Photo © Tommy Mogren


Shooting quality airliner shots involves a bit more than just picking up a camera and going out to the airport. There are several variables which comprise quality shots which most airline photographers strive for. These variables include: what equipment to use, weather, shooting angles, sun positions during different times of the year and finally, ramp lice (clutter on the ramp).

O.K., lets talk turkey. You’re wondering- hmm, am I using the right equipment to best capture airliners in action and on the ground? You can get away with a budget used SLR and zoom lens for around $400. If you have a bigger budget you can easily spend $2000-$3000 for a new top of the line SLR and zoom lens. If you are shooting for your personal pleasure then you do not need to invest thousands of dollars, the $400 setup should suffice, but if you plan on trading slides with other shooters all over the world and you would like to be published, you should spend as much as you can afford to get the better equipment (faster lenses, high frame-per-second-camera bodies). If you are fortunate enough to be shooting on the ramp then you’ll need your trusty short zoom (28-70) or straight 50mm lens. These days the quality of short zooms is so good that you can do without the straight 50mm and go with a quality short zoom. An ideal setup is 2 SLR bodies, a 28-70 lens and a 70-200 for approach/takeoff shots. With that equipment you can cover most of the shots at the airport without any difficulties.

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This photo features perfect sun angle. You can see that
the entire airplane is lit up perfectly and the airplane
fills the frame of the slide. Photo © Joe Pries


So now you’ve got your equipment all set up and ready to go. Another issue comes up- weather. Should you be shooting on cloudy, overcast days? Well, if you want the “good” shots you are better off waiting for the sun to come out. If you are on a far-away trip and do not have next week or the week after to come back, then do what you have to do, but certainly you want to shoot at the absolute minimum during cloudy days. Why? The difference in sunny and cloudy shots speaks for itself .

Another thing to consider is shooting angles- should you shoot from the side of the airplane, from the rear, lined up with the engine, lined up with the nose? The most popular shot is lining up with the main landing gear. Why? Because you can see the whole profile of the airplane from nose to tail without obstructions (wings, engines, etc.). Some would argue that this type of shot is too common and standard but this shot makes life easy for collectors because they know what type of shot they will be getting from people they trade with because everyone agrees on this standard type of shot.

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This photo also features a full frame, perfect sun shot
which is what makes a photo a keeper. Photo © Michael F. McLaughlin


Once you’ve mastered the correct shooting angles you must contend with the sun. Why do many photographers go to Miami between October and march? Aside from the interesting traffic, the sun angle is good all day. During the fall and winter months the sun tracks lower (not just in Miami) which means fully lit airplanes. During the summer months, when the sun is high, it is best to avoid shooting between the hours of around 11am and 3:30pm. Limiting shooting to the “right” times will ensure excellent lighting on the airplanes and result in high-quality slides.

A big hurdle for us airline photographers is all the clutter around the airplanes at the gate, commonly referred to as “ramp lice.” High quality shots feature a clean foreground showing an unobstructed airplane. Having vehicles and carts in the way is distracting, hence taking some beauty away from the shot. I can honestly say that if an airplane is rare, it is worth shooting both with the clutter and without the clutter, because if you do not get another chance to do it again, you will really want to stock up to add value to your collection. Many collectors will trade or buy a slide from you if it is rare, even with some imperfections such as ramp lice, bad sun angles and non-standard shooting angles but the goal is to get the great shots whenever possible.

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Smaller airplanes are harder to shoot because you have
to get up close but if you can fill the frame from end
to end and have a perfect sun angle, you have a great
shot. Photo © Frank Schaefer


Many non-aviation people out there assume that airliner photography is a piece of cake, just pick up a camera and you can create beautiful images with ease. Of-course, we know that it is much more than just picking up a camera. There are many variables involved and some of these variables are beyond our control. Speaking from personal experience and having compiled feedback from other photographers in the field, I can say with honesty that your photos get better with time. It’s like the saying “the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get.” Airline photography is in your blood, you either have it or you don’t and if you do then you know what it’s like to spend a 10 hour day at the airport shooting and looking forward to doing the same thing the next day. There is one important thing to remember with all this; every person who shoots does so because he/she loves the hobby, but different people like different things so shoot the way you like your shots to look and use the kind of film you like to use, but keep in mind that if you eventually want to trade or even sell your art, your best bet is to shoot keeping in mind the standards that most collectors agree on as i've noted with the captions in the photos.

Written by
Joe Pries

Joe Pries is a professional airliner photographer who has been shooting for 13 years. His work has been published several thousand times in magazines, calendars, books, airline annual reports, web, industry brochures, postcards, posters, television and major world newspapers.

32 User Comments:
Username: C72 [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-13 17:36:15 and read 24349 times.

Great article Joe! However, some information on film would have been good too.

Username: Ecureuil [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-13 18:36:18 and read 24327 times.

I am a helicopter photographer and it is hard to get the whole aircraft in the shot.The angles I go for mostly is the front of the aircraft,the side,the engine,tail section,etc.Usually I can get the whole aircraft in the photo,but sometimes it is hard to get the whole aircraft.:)

Username: Joe pries [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-13 20:07:08 and read 24305 times.

I've gotten several emails asking me what kind of film I use. I exclusively use Kodachrome 64 and recommend it highly. It is also the "industry standard" amongst professional aviation slide shooters. Please note though that in the last paragraph of the article I said "every person who shoots does so because he/she loves the hobby, but different people like different things so shoot the way you like your shots to look and use the kind of film you like to use"

Joe

Username: N314AS [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-14 02:25:26 and read 24212 times.

Hey Joe...

Very nicely done. Pretty good guide for those who are starting and
want to get the best results and enjoyment of our hobby.

I like to help the new photographers as much as I can, but sometimes, time
is not on my side.

Thanks for taking the time to write it for them.


Joe Fernandez, MIA

Username: Tappan [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-14 04:58:35 and read 24190 times.

Informative and well written Joe,
Mark g

Username: KLM747 [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-14 13:38:32 and read 24141 times.

Nice article there, you must have spent a long time typing that out.

Very imformative! :-)

Regards,
-KLM747 :D

Username: Dee-see-eit [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-14 16:22:46 and read 24125 times.

Hi Joe,

I´ve heard and seen a lot about your work and admire you for it. I also do completly agree with your philosophy when it comes to trade or sell to collectors.

I've had several discussions with fellow "hobby"-photographers here in Spain and other countries, not only regarding the (in)famous KR64 but also on the perfect (ramp, taxi, landing) shot.
First of all say that I have my own collection, do not trade actually, but keeping good shots for the future to sell. I'm not trading, as my personal opinion is that I can see the best shots from others at airliners.net (thanks Johan!), magazines and books. I prefer to know where and when I've taken the different slides I got. This makes me also like impression (close-ups, sunsets, strange angles, action), cockpit or cabin shots, and from what I see at a.net, they are also prefered by the big public out there.

Some days ago I made a spotters trip to MUC (spent 8 hours shooting), and after uploading some shots saw that the same aircraft had 4 times more hits when it is a 3/4 front shot then when it is the perfectly aligned side shot.

With this I just want to say that the real ART of aviation photography is not the "perfect ramp shot" but also a take-off/landing, sunset or close-up of these airliners we all love! Just check the "Best Shots Section" here and you will see what I meen!

The main things new photographers have to know, from my opinion are (you already mentioned them):

- Use slide film (50 to 100 ASA), Fuji is also good!
- Use a SLR camera with two zooms (28-80 and 75-300mm)
- Have the sun always in the back and not too high
- Try to focus the aircraft perfectly
- Try to fill the frame as much as possible
- Have a good scanner and share the photos with all of us at a.net

The rest is at photographers discretion.

Keep on with your great shots!

DC8
Barcelona/Spain

Username: Trintocan [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-15 05:19:53 and read 24061 times.

An excellent article, well written and balanced in coverage. Great job Joe! This is certainly inspiration for the rest of us to get cracking with our filming.

Thanks again, Joe.

Trintocan.

Username: Chris007 [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-15 06:07:45 and read 24056 times.

Great article! I am a relatively new photographer, long time plane spotter! But just started the photo thign a few months ago.

Im wondering why slides are so strongly preferred? I am currently using 400 Pritn film. Are slides better quality? I mean, I dont have a slide scanner either.

Username: BO__einG [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-15 07:10:57 and read 24051 times.

Ive been now photographing for four years now.
Seven if it includes the day when I first took my first airplane shot, but rested for 3 years..

I like what I see..
and its really nice to read these tips and recos made by a pro photographer..

however.. One more piece that is important..
In order to get the planes u want at the right place at the right time..


Hand Held S C A N N E R S are a must!

Bo

Username: Joe pries [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-15 22:04:54 and read 23998 times.

I'm glad you guys are enjoying the article. Nothing makes me happier than hearing people say that they're shooting higher grade stuff because of what I said- that is an honor and i'm glad to be making a difference. Please keep in mind that someone back in the day told me how to do it right and i'm thankful for that and just want to spread the wealth- especially with the newer photographers because I spent many days almost in tears because of all the years I spent wasting time with bad shots in the beginning because there was no one there to tell me how to shoot an airplane properly.
A couple of things to respond to some of your comments. Side on ramp shots are not the only shots I take as you can see from the various shots I have here on Ainet. I shoot the side-ons because I trade with photographers all over the globe and I want the shots they send me to look like the shots I send them. I am known as one of the toughest guys out there to trade with and i've actually upset some people because i've had to send them back all the slides they sent me for trade because I did not think the slides met my criteria for what a quality slide should look like. Some of the guys later thanked me for this because from that experience they learned how to shoot top quality slides and avoid the high sun, partial full frame and other issues that make a slide not top quality (when I say top quality i mean top quality in my eyes). For the folks that think that shooting ramp shots is easy and you do not need talent, well- go try it my friends- its TOUGH, real tough getting a full frame perfect slide of a taxiing airplane- even one standing still requires concentration to make sure the horizon is straight and that the nose and tail are end to end on the slide and that you are not cutting off the nose or tail by going too far.
As far as film- you'll hear people promoting their favorite films- slides, prints, fuji, kodachrome, agfachrome, etc. I do not want to get into a whole story as to why but myself and every other heavy duty slide shooter uses kodachrome 25 or 64 slides only. I always tell new photographers who do not know what to use the following- if you shoot a hot airplane that only lasts a short time (a rare/hot item) then you can either trade a slide (assuming you shot several slides) with another collector for another great subject for your collection, or you can even auction it off at one of the slide conventions and people will bid it up- but those people usually only want kodachrome slides so if you're shooting something else- your options are very limited as far as trading or putting it up in auction. Some of you have also asked me about what equipment I use, i'll list that below:

2 Canon EOS A2 bodies
17mm f3.5 Tokina lens
28mm f2.8 Canon lens
50mm f1.4 Canon lens
28-70mm f2.8 Canon lens
70-200mm f2.8 Canon lens
1.4x Canon converter
2.0x Canon converter

One comment about the Canon EOS A2 body- I shoot hundreds and hundreds of rolls each year and i've had the 2 Canon A2s for 2 years now and they havent let me down yet- it is an unbelievable camera for the money- currently you can pick it up for about 465 bucks and you get 5 frames per second without the need of a booster- what a bargain! if any of you want to upgrade or are thinking about a good setup- try the EOS- it is really great and many pros swear by it.

Regards
Joe

Username: Pascuzzi [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-17 05:55:58 and read 23904 times.

Dear Joe and everyone,

While I agree with others that your article is certainly informative and helpful to those
starting out in the aviation photography hobby, unless I missed it, a key point has been
omitted from your article, and that is the fact that you, it appears, have ramp access to many airports; something that nearly all of us non-professionals in the business (or hobby, should I say) do NOT have the luxury of. Many of us, I'm sure, who post images and read articles on airliners.net do not have a buddy who works for an airline to get them prime access spots at the end of a restricted runway, nor do we know someone on the ramp who can get us in the right spot at the right time of day for the right angle shot. Getting anywhere near the ramps at, say JFK, is not at all easy, and attempting to acquire a ramp pass from the authorities is about as easy as getting to have lunch with the Pope. Essentially, for those out there who can't get on airport property, shooting is very restricted.

Thanks for a great article.

Ed Pascuzzi
http://www.thephysicsguy.com
pascuzzi@fnal.gov

Username: Joe pries [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-17 17:40:00 and read 23877 times.

Ed,
You are right, I do get out on the ramp alot, as do many others who post on airliners.net. Sure it makes it easier to take some great shots, theres no denying that but there are also plenty of airports out there where you can get great shots without the need of ramp access. Look at Frankfurt's rwy 18 photo platform, look at LAX with Imperial lot, DHL and Fedex cargo, look at miami's Western U, the customs spot- there are places at airports where you can get quality shots from the outside and I use all these spots too- they are great. When I was really starting to get hot and heavy about shooting 11 years ago, what did I do? I got myself a job at the airport working for an airline- not because I loved the work (I hated it) but because I got the ID necessary to roam around the ramp at jfk without any problems. Since then i've made friends with people that work for airlines, people that work in the airports all over the world- through talking to people, making friends, making connections. No one ever came up to me and said "Joey, you shoot airplane pictures? I want to take you out on the ramp to shoot all day" -it has taken me years to make connections and establish contacts- it isnt something that you do in a short period of time Ed. If you want ramp access- go talk to folks that work in the airlines, talk to people that work at airports, talk to pilots, dispatchers, come out to the numerous airliner slide and airline collectible conventions (ewr, miami, the national show, frankfurt, zurich shows) and meet the slide shooters, meet the attendants- alot of them work for the airlines and are interested in what we're interested in- and people know other people and if you're persistent enough you can get out there- no one is gonna call you out of the blue and invite you out- you have to make the contacts and ask to get out. Even today after 12 years of shooting I still make a great effort to always meet folks in the industry and make new friends and shoot on the ramps of different airports.

Regards
Joe

Username: Stby 1 [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-18 01:46:50 and read 23854 times.

Hi Joe ...

what a great read. I have only been shooting for about a year on and off now. The info contained is very useful. Thank You.

I agree with everything you say and Ed's comments are also good. Here in Sydney , I do not get Ramp Access that much , maybe once a year to the Qantas ramp ( this is not including Airside Tarmac Tours ). Although , I think we here have a alright number of spots to shoot from.

One thing I might have added was that , if your going to a airport to shoot , take a ladder. I am not sure if this is allowed in the US , but here , I use a 7 foot ladder. Gets you over the barbed wire easy.
Another thing is , if your new , go to the airport , chat to the other guys , learn from them! I learnt from Craig Murray and Frank S. Raymond Rowe also helped. Other people can teach you ALOT.

Great article ,

Alexander Gregory
YSSY - Australia

Username: Joe pries [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-18 16:23:19 and read 23817 times.

Alex,
Glad you are enjoying the article and followup comments, I am too. As far as ladders- here in the US its better to bring your ladder up to the fence to get your shot, then come down off the ladder and/or back the ladder off the fence just in case ops or cops drive by they dont think someone is trying to jump the fence (some folks are better with this than others as im sure we've all had our experiences).
And ofcourse Alex what you say is 100% true- you have to come out to the airport often, meet the other photographers, talk to them, get to know them- thats how I met some of the guys here in new york- you see a guy out shooting and you'll start talking with him (cause usually you're the only ones at the spot with cameras) or if you do not talk to him (some people are shy) and you see him next time, youll definetely talk to him- and like i was saying, coming to the airline conventions is a great way to meet others like us- ive met many many of my friends from all over the world at the airliner conventions.
Regards
Joe

Username: Da fwog [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-19 00:56:42 and read 23788 times.

Joe,

good on you for writing the article. Many of the things you said will be useful to a lot of people. While there's no substitute for learning by experience, it helps to have someone to point you in the right direction as you expose roll after roll of expensive film when you're learning (on subjects, I might add, that you may never see again). I wish I'd had someone to give me some tips when I started (because now I look at some of my old photos, which I remember being well chuffed with at the time, and I cringe in horror).

There is something I'd add to what you said, and it concerns the positioning of aircraft and the backgrounds. While it may be true that for exchanging slides or selling to collectors, the perfect shot is a side-on "portrait" with no ramp clutter and a blue sky behind, what I find is that many commercial customers from within the aviation industry are often looking for pictures that clearly show a particular airliner at a particular airport. It *can* be a definite advantage to capture terminal buildings, air traffic control towers, the city skyline etc. in the background.

Another interesting issue is other aircraft in the frame. The tail of another aircraft poking up behind your subject can be a real pain. However, a shot of one airliner with another can create interest for the enthusiast community sometime in the future, because it can date the photo. An example would be a shot showing two Reno Air MD80s just after they were bought by American, with one in the original paint, and one with AA's logo. Old and new colour schemes can be of particular interest, and if you can capture 3 aircraft in, say, Delta's old colours, (old) new colours & (new) new colours together, or 3 BA aircraft in the old scheme, Utopia tail & new Union Flag tail - these sorts of images can be very saleable.

It just depends who your target market/audience is. Mine is me. :)

Username: Flycarib [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-19 21:03:43 and read 23741 times.

Hi Joe

I've only reciently gotten into airline photography, which is odd considering I'm a crime scene photographer. Anyway, the information is excellent especially regarding the composing of the photos. I know I would have thought that it didn't matter as long as whole aircraft was in the frame. Anyway thanks again for th insight!!

Sam
CYOW-Canada

Username: Mjr747 [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-21 07:17:24 and read 23680 times.

Maybe someone can answer this for me:

I'm about to purchase a camera outfit for aviation photography and have a few choices. I'm definitely getting a Nikon N65 body. My choice is with lenses. I will either purchase the body with one 28-200mm lense. The other option is to purchase the body with a 28-80mm and a 100-300mm zoom. The prices are comparable. What do you think?

mjr747

Username: Flycarib [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-21 17:16:30 and read 23667 times.

Hi there.

I'm a Cannon guy personally. I have an Elan II with a 28-105 and a 70-210. Both are great lenses and I enjoy the versatility of them. My problem arises however when I compose my photo and have to change lenses. If I had the cash I'd have another camera body so I could easily switch lenses and not miss those one time shots. As it is now I have to plan my shot ahead of time to avoid the quick switcheroo. Buying my 2 lenses were cheaper than purchasing one with an extensive zoom. Mind you that's in Canada. I think you'll have to look at what else you plan to photograph and weigh the pros and cons. For example I take alot of portraits, (70-210) and alot of city scapes (28-105). I think it's a matter of personal choice. These are just a couple of things to consider. Let me know if I can help you out. God luck!!

Sam
CYOW-Canada

Username: Thuringen [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-26 02:46:06 and read 23596 times.

Joe,
I have been photographing 747,s at airports all over the world for years now and found your article very basic and inadequate even for beginners.
Firstly,I have taken and seen many brilliant photo,s of aircraft taken on cloudy or stormy days,the light and contrast on these days can be spectacular and most of these are better than any i,ve seen on suuny days.So with your advice not to shoot on cloudy days people will miss many great photo oportunities.
So called ramp lice can convey how busy an airport is an give a feel for it and it also shows a number of different airlines in one photo.Also photo,s of planes at the gate turning around for another flight can be interesting.
Your comment on not really needing more than a 200mm lens is wrong.If you want to get quality shots at many of the worlds major airport(aircraft at Vr or touchdown)you need 300-500mm focal lengths for various reasons.
Anyway i could go on but won,t.I would love to show example,s of photo,s to back up my comment,s but i do not have a scanner to put photo,s on the site.
Simon.

Username: Thomasphoto60 [User Info]
Posted 2001-03-27 10:06:10 and read 23584 times.

Simon,

I believe you missed Joe's point. He is not saying that shooting strictly on sunny days or a 'clean' side shot is the only way to shoot, but if you wat to trade and sell slides to other collectors, this is the only way to photograph an airliner. Remember Joe primarily sells and trades with other collectors, and there is a set standard to which the collectors hold aviation images up to. Namely the 'clean' (no clutter) side sunny shot. While I have never been to a slide collectors show, I have been to a number of airliner memrobrillia shows and I can attest to the fact, that these collectors are very serious about this style of shooting. I would suggest that you study Joe's portfolio of work here and you will see that has a wide variety of shooting techniques. Also keep in mind that Joe has a number of magazine covers under his belt, namely ATW and a number of trade journals.

That said, I do agree with you concerning ramp activity and less than perfect weather conditions, if done right, images shot this way can be stunning. I also agree with you concerning lenses. A 200mm is hardly adequate for those of us who have little or no ramp access. I currently use a 400mm 2.8 and a 300mm 2.8 along with a 2x teleconverter. You can check out a small sampling of my work, under Thomas Millard.

You say you shoot 747s!....do you limit yourself to one type of aircraft ? If so...why ?

All in all, I feel that Joe's advice is very sound and informative for both the novice and even the more experinced aviation shooter. Judging by the above comments, it has been very well received.

Thomas

Username: TPAndy [User Info]
Posted 2001-05-01 02:33:13 and read 23448 times.

A few additional points to Joe's fine article:

1. Not all of us "big-time collectors" (OK maybe not me nowadays, but I used to be) like the cookie-cutter side shots with doors closed, blue sky, etc., background. I do shoot them for those collectors I have who insist on them but I find them very dull--especially when a slide show consists of nothing but these type of shots.

Take-home message is: try different angles when shooting the airplanes. Some types just lend themselves to 3/4 front or 3/4 rear. I personally like 727s from a slight rear angle.

2. If you're just starting out, shoot on E-6 slide film, which most camera stores or labs can process overnight or even faster. Slide film gives very little quarter to mistakes in exposure or lighting--so it is a good film to learn on. When I was in photography school the old adage was, "shooting print film makes a printer out of you, but shooting slide film makes a photographer out of you".

For collectors, Kodachrome is still the gold standard, but processing times take a while, at least in the U.S. ouside of the NY/NJ area. I don't know how it is in other countries. So for learning, Kodachrome is not ideal. Stick to E-6 until you get a feel for aviation photography.

3. Ramp access: Getting access is a whole subject in itself! Maybe I should write that up, becuase, unlike Joe, I've never gotten an airport job of any sort--I've had to ask for every bit of access I've ever gotten.

The final rule is, have fun! This is a great hobby for getting fresh (well, sort of fresh) air and sunshine!

Andrew Abshier
Tampa, Florida



Username: Trintocan [User Info]
Posted 2001-06-03 09:02:19 and read 23376 times.

The aviation phtotgraphy bug has started to bite really hard now... Thanks again Joe. Your comments about the perfect exposure are well-taken. Yes, alternative angles and cloudy days (which actually cut the glare and soften shadows) are fine for variety but for the pros the side shot is boss.

Trintocan.

Username: Yqfca [User Info]
Posted 2001-06-10 23:18:08 and read 23350 times.

Good advice Joe, I would like to add that I have shot some photos of aircraft in appoach where the ground is covered in snow. (Just ahead of the runway threshold) The sunlight reflects on the underside of the aircraft giving immaculate detail to the entire aircraft.

Don't go home when it rains. The wet runway makes for awesome shots when the sun comes out again. Sometimes a pitchblack sky in the background gives you depth like you look in a viewmaster.

I use an old Canon A1 with a power winder and most of the time a Canon 70 to 210 zoom.

Username: Joe pries [User Info]
Posted 2001-07-27 20:22:40 and read 23265 times.

Yqfca,
your're right about staying around when it rains but here in New York, when it rains, the sun rarely comes out soon after- that stuff happens in Europe alot more than here.

Regards
Joe

Username: CcrlR [User Info]
Posted 2001-08-15 03:52:31 and read 23240 times.

That's really great advice Joe,


I made a website for a photography club at my school and they are really great pictures and I took some good ones with them from special occasions from my school. I will someday be like you. I am now taking pictures of planes and airports. Some of my work is in books that my mom or I make and someday I will have my pictures on Airliners.net or in other publications. I am going to buy some other cameras that take zoom lenses for the planes.

Regards
Carl Robinson

Username: Kanaka [User Info]
Posted 2001-08-23 22:01:37 and read 23229 times.

Very good article Joe,

I really enjoyed your photo of Aloha, and

Hawaiian Airlines, after take-off from Kahului Airport.

Very nice picture, very nice scenery.

Did you take the photos from Kahului Control Tower,

or was it from a helicopter.

Username: Putput28 [User Info]
Posted 2001-09-05 04:24:06 and read 23207 times.

Great arcticle. One of the better ones weve had.

Username: Putput28 [User Info]
Posted 2001-09-17 01:33:34 and read 23195 times.

Very nice Joe. Very well written and includes wonderful tips. Great pictures also.

Username: CcrlR [User Info]
Posted 2001-09-23 01:00:28 and read 23192 times.

Dear Joe,

I just saw some of your pics in some airplane Magazines and they are great! It's nice to see some of your pics in magazines and on Airliners.net. Keep up the good pics and the good work!


Regards,
Carl Robinson.

Username: Jemma-cron [User Info]
Posted 2001-09-24 07:30:47 and read 23185 times.

Hi Joe,

Although I'm experienced enough (now) to know all that you shared in your article, I still enjoyed reading it. I only wish someone had passed this information on to me even just four years ago! So many shots I could have improved upon, but alas many of the subjects of my photographs no longer fly or exist (I refer especially to the US Navy's Antarctic Development Squadron) and there's no way to turn back the clock.

I could be unbias and say that choice of camera gear comes down to personal preference, but I totally agree with you and many other Airliners.net users that Canon is the only way to go. I use an EOS-5 usually with a 35-350 L USM lens, but prefer Fuji Provia 100F to Kodachrome.

Anyway, I enjoyed the article!

Cheers!
Heath Cron

Username: Jcamilo [User Info]
Posted 2009-09-01 09:36:18 and read 16963 times.

hwy joe!!

your pics are the best!! keeping take some pics!!

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