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Best Time To Photograph At DCA  
User currently offlineAirline7322 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5047 times:

I've been to DCA once (at Gravelly Point) to take pictures of incoming traffic, however I was curious what is the best time to spot at the airport? I'm particularly interested on optimum times on the weekend, as I'm currently a student. On a slightly unrelated note, I would like some feedback on a couple of photos (recently rejected, as expected since I'm a novice) I uploaded to the airliners.net que.
Thanks,
Airline7322

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/rejections/big/NorthwestUS.jpg
http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/rejections/big/DSC0162Delta.jpg

(Equipment: Nikon D70 18-70 stock lens)

PS: I couldn't get the photoid trick to work with rejected photos


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User currently offlinePhilhyde From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5039 times:

The Delta photo seems to be of low quality (i.e. high jpg compression).

The NWA is not centered in the photograph. The quality on that one looks useable.

In general, both photos need to have the a/c centered and cropped as close as possible.

Good luck!
Phil



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User currently offlineAirline7322 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5024 times:

I appreciate your comments, Phil. What program would you recommend I use to crop and resize, that would not result in such high jpeg compression. I'm currently using Irfanview, which obviously is not doing the job. Would you recommend I shoot in RAW?
Thanks,
Airline7322



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User currently offlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 3 days ago) and read 5020 times:

Your best bet for processing photos is Photoshop CS.

Ivan


User currently offlineAirline7322 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4992 times:

What should I do to improve the one salvageable picture (the Northwest one)?


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User currently offlineGary2880 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4990 times:

Just you know, if you dont see photos of that distance in the database at the moment why upload them.

But anyway the NWA one if that's how it came out the camera you might be able to crop it enough on the original not familiar with nikons

try crop it down to about this size if it`ll take it

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/Gary2880/nwa.jpg

regards

Gary


User currently offlineSmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4986 times:

To answer your original question, the best time to take photos from gravelly point should be in the late afternoon/ early evening. At that time, for approaches to runway 19 or departures from 1, the sun will be at your back.

User currently offlineAirline7322 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4976 times:

SMAlbany, I appreciate your response. Is there a way I can find out what direction traffic is taking off before I leave to go to the airport. Specifically, is there a way to find this information out on the internet, or do I need to purchase a scanner?


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User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4966 times:

Airline7322,

If the winds are from the South/SW/SE they will use runway 19 for landing and departures.
If the winds are from the North/NE/NW they will use runway 1 for departures and landings.
Before going to the airport check weather.com for current wind conditions.
You can also check DCA ATIS for runways.

Best time for pictures at Gravelly Point is from 1pm until early evening.

Quoting SmAlbany (Reply 6):
he best time to take photos from gravelly point should be in the late afternoon/ early evening.

I don't know why SmAlbany said late afternoon/early evening. Sun will be behind your back at noon, but still high. I can tell you that 12:30pm you should be fine.

Take care,
Rafal


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5067 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4955 times:

Quoting Lindy (Reply 8):
Best time for pictures at Gravelly Point is from 1pm until early evening.

This is true if you are shooting from the west side of the centerline (looking east). But as you know you can walk along the jogging path under the centerline to the other side and look to the west - so wouldn't that be good in the morning?

bruce



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User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4948 times:

You are right Bruce, but morning photography at DCA is not popular  Smile

Rafal


User currently offlineSkyliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 204 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4928 times:

In addition to the afternoon being preferred to shoot from Gravelly Point, Saturday is something of an "off" day, since a number of flights, including some of the DL/US Shuttle activity, don't run on Saturday afternoon/evenings. This applies less to the long-haul (e.g. Frontier) and more to short/medium-haul flights. There is still decent volume Saturday P.M., but weekdays/Sundays are better.
George


User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4928 times:

IMHO, afternoons when they are using 1 are by far the best...

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BUT, Gravelly Point is too "underneath" the climb out.

Andy


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