Sponsor Message:
Aviation Photography Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Black & White  
User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3629 times:

Yesterday I was out photographing, facing the north-east in the evening. From where I stood, I could see the planes arriving and touching down on RWY 11 (west-southwest). Touchdown was obviously completely backlit, but by the time the planes were slowing down and reversing thrust, they were in front of me under good lighting conditions. I may upload some of those later - when my 5 slots are freed up...  expressionless 

Nevertheless, I made some completely backlit shots, and it turns out they don't even look that bad after some editing turning them black&white.

I understand and accept that this site is rather a database of identifiable planes, with wonderful high-quality detail shots, mainly in colour. So would pics like this be acceptable? If so, any ideas to further improve the quality? Oh, they were shot in Nikon raw format, and then underexposed with -2EV.



6 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3619 times:

Too dark in my opinion. Black and white doesn't change that. I'm not a screener but I very much doubt if those would be accepted.


Make the most of the available light ... a lesson of photography that applies to life
User currently offlineSfilipowicz From Netherlands, joined Jul 2002, 327 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

I agree, far too dark!

User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

Thanks guys. However, by underexposing the image less (i.e. less dark), you quickly lose detail because it's so backlit... Anyway, it was just a quick try to do something different...

Quality and darkness aside, would this be an acceptable "motive" you think?

User currently offlineGPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 834 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

Hi Edoca,

For these shots, no this is not a good motive for Airliners.net, but could make a nice editorial background for, for example, a magazine article. If you had a rich orange-red sunset behind with a dramatic sun sinking below the horizon, yes, this would be much more acceptable here.

Best regards,


Erm, is this thing on?
User currently offlineTFSPhoto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3544 times:

Hi Edoca..

I have submitted a few photo's in b/w onto the database, and only 1 has been accepted.. i have a few in the que now, of the lancaster landing @ WTN.. looks nostalgic..


My other one, and the only one in the database, i was actually suprised it got on, as its a regular sight in the UK, especially at LHR where the shot was taken...

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © TFSPhoto

Good luck with them if you are uploading, but id say your in for a struggle..


User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3512 times:

I think B&W best suits classic planes. I have 2 shots in the db taken in black and white , both of DC-3's. Came out quite nicely.

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Zak Economides
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Zak Economides

I've never liked B&W on modern aircraft. Just doesn't look right  Silly . Good luck with your uploads! As mentioned , you will find it tough to get them accepted. Likely outcome : baddark.

-SA006  wave 

Proudly South African
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Black & White/Sepia posted Fri May 6 2005 02:20:29 by Knighty
Black & White From Digital - Questions. posted Mon Sep 27 2004 01:29:57 by SlamClick
Black & White posted Tue Aug 20 2002 05:21:39 by Rendezvous
Vuescan: Setting Black & White Points posted Mon Apr 1 2002 16:29:39 by FUAirliner
Black & White Photography posted Fri Mar 15 2002 19:20:55 by Redcap
Black And White Smudge Marks posted Sun Mar 27 2005 23:19:08 by DC10Tim
Black And White Photos Classier posted Fri Dec 12 2003 13:15:12 by Airmale
Black And White Pics? posted Thu Oct 23 2003 15:54:14 by Jer32382
Black And White posted Mon Jan 20 2003 03:35:14 by Jhooper
Gonna Try Out A Black And White Film Sampler posted Sun Jun 30 2002 15:13:33 by L-188