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User currently offlineDcrusafon From Spain, joined Apr 2004, 333 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2392 times:

Hi!

I would like to know if there is any trick in order to make picture to an airport from the airplane during a flight.

Yesterday, I tried to make a picture at 25000 feets an no chance again...a disaster I think: not to many quality...

That happend to me from windows of the cabin and also from the cockpit  Sad

Thanks for your help!

DARIO



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User currently offlineAndrewuber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2342 times:

I would think that 25,000 feet is a bit high for a good airport overview, unless you have a large telephoto lens, which is probably hard to use in a passenger cabin. Try to catch airports while you're on approach or departure.

On my way back to Chicago, I captured this photo of a very busy Midway airport. We were well into the descent into ORD when I took this photo:

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User currently offlineMartinairYYZ From Canada, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 1209 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

I got a VIE photo from around 33,000 ft en route to BUD..... I just have an Olympus C-720 and the approx. equivalent to 320mm was enough... cropped it and it turned out well!


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Photo © Martin Toumbev



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User currently offlineUS333 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
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I took this while we were on approach into Eagle County up in the Rockies. We went right past Denver and I just had to use my 28-135 lens. I then went to my zoom and it just wasn't able to focus on anything close from that height. Hope this helps.


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User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2303 times:

Tricks ? Not really, it's basically up to how hazy the weather is and if you are lucky enough to be able to pick up the camera, switch it on, focus and shoot before it's too late. I have had close calls a few times, managed to get a "a.net worthy" pic once. But it was more luck than talent. Farnborough in August, I did not even recognize the airport, got help from the guys in the forum. And of course, I have found that post processing is even more important and difficult in shots like these than regular side shots at an airport.


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User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2279 times:

I have uploaded several but even with self-screening, they get rejected a lot. Getting the file sizes below 1mb and retaining quality. I now use an Olympus C750 with the 10x optical zoom.

My close-ups of Colorado Springs (KCOS) were too soft or blury to submit. An overview of the airport, the town of Colorado Springs, and Pikes Peak was the better selection.

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Sometimes you get a suprise. I expected this picture of the CDG terminal to be too hazy when I took it. Adjusting levels in photoshop made it an acceptable picture. My images of the whole airport lacked the quality.

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As said before, you can't beat being closer to the subject in climbs or descents.

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I like taking airport views since I have an interest I was a geography student in college. One of my projects was tracking the airport growth with the surrounding area.

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User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2810 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

I think it's mostly a matter of being ready when the opportunity presents itself. If you have to scramble around into your bag to grab your camera when you see a shot, by then it's too late. Be prepared and you can catch some good stuff.

Here's one I caught of Toronto's (YYZ) runway intersection while taking off from a parallel runway.

Good luck.
Steve

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User currently offlineCactusHP From United States of America, joined May 2004, 348 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

I think the easiest way to take airport overviews is in descent or ascent. Up at the higher altitudes there are more particles in the air which typically makes the picture turn out hazy. I took this picture on decent to MSP on a HP 757 PHX-MSP. Hope this helps.


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User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2181 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

When i flew SVQ-LHR in May 03 we passed MAD to our right. I guess by that time we would've been at least 25,000....if not already at FL330 where we cruised. My camera at the time was only about a 100mm equivalent, but i got this shot:


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User currently offlineDcrusafon From Spain, joined Apr 2004, 333 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

I do have some shoots in descent/ascent which are nice but...from high levels...

I think after your comments also depends on weather conditions.

I do have a D70 with a 70-300 lens but no way to do it from high flight levels...

DARIO


User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week ago) and read 2106 times:

Just try again and again, and wait for good conditions... sun behind you, good visibility ( i.e. very few heat / haze ), etc...

Florian



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