United4everDEN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2820 times:
I was curious as to how everyone gets their big hitter shots. Photographers either have;
-Luck, where your only shots on airliners.net are big hitters. This applies to people who have 1, 2, maybe even 3 shots with a few thousand hits or to people who get lucky shooting something like a 747 showing up at their airport wearing a new scheme, unexpectedly.
-Opportunity, where you have had the once in a lifetime shot, but you knew the plane was going to be there. You planned to take the shot in a specific way. This applies to you if you travel alot and get great air to air shots because you travel so frequently, thus opportunity.
-Skill, where you can take any plane, even a BA 320 at LHR, and turn it into something special using your photographic skills.
My pictures that are big hitters are luck. I don't fly enough to be in the opportunity category, but when I do, I seem to pull off great window shots of airport overviews.
Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2740 times:
My experience with planning in the air to air arena is all based on what the recieving crews are going to give you. For example,you can plan plan plan and plan, but it actually happening is another story. We had a 4 ship of 117's that were supposed to meet up with us but, they had some timing issues and wanted us to go around their schedule which just wasnt possible at the time because our tanker was to land back at RIV and take off 15 minutes later to refuel a KC10 in NORCAL. So the planner did an excellent job and scrambled to get us a 2 ship of 117's and to everyones surprise, the crews were very willing to stick around for some formation photos after they filled up.
The F-4's were all about the photos from the getgo. Before we went up, we knew what we were going to get with them.
I just hope on the next flight, the crews are as flexible as these guys were.
United4everDEN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2709 times:
I kinda figured planning went into the opportunity area, as I said "but you knew the plane was going to be there" Keyword, knew. But then again, planning could be another category, so anyone can go ahead and use it.
A little luck and opportunity in that shot. It may even make the shot of the day if it keep going at the rate it's going at. I didn't think my cheap little camera (only cost $180) would ever get a picture with that many views.
Rotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2483 times:
The biggest factor in getting a big hitter photo is luck of timing. Get a solid shot accepted at the right hour and you'll see it on the front page. Get an absolutely BRILLIANT shot accepted at the wrong hour, and it'll dissapear on page 3 of the 24/48 hour most popular.
As for getting the really awesome shots, with no regard for hits... then its the same with most everything else in life -- it's all about having the right connections. Networking. Knowing the people that get you the oppurtunities... from there, it just takes a little luck/skill/equipment combo to take the advantage and have the stuff that you friends will drool over.
P.S. the last paragraph there was actually pulled from Dating101.com with the word 'girls' changed to 'shots'.
The best aviation photo I've ever taken was rejected by Airliners.net
Capntoo From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2090 times:
I agree, it's a combination of everything...planning, skill, timing, luck. Photography has been my hobby/passion for 30 years, with aviation photos a relatively new interest in the last 5 years. I've just uploaded my 1st photo to A.net, which I'm sure will be rejected (most 1st timers are so I hear) and that's fine. Having them posted isn't a priority. What is a priority is that I have fun, enjoy myself, meet new people, make friends and have airliner shots that please me and a collection of slides, prints and digitals, with the documentation, that I can look back on, remember the day and circumstances of the photo and relive a great day and a photo that pleases ME and that I'm proud of. To me, that's what aviation photography is..... (Just an A.net noobies observation)