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Compacts & Shooting Through Fences  
User currently offlineA380-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

Hi everyone,

A problem I have had for some time now (especially at EMA where there are no views of the G/A ramp other than through the fence) is getting shots through fences.

I have seen this mentioned here in the past so I thought I'd share this with you.

I have a Samsung Vega 140s compact 35mm camera (pretty handy as it has 38-140mm lens) that I keep in my bag these days loaded with slide film.

Shooting through fences is now simple. No longer do I need to consider the fence being 'in the shot' as it often was using a 35mm SLR. Now the lens fits easily into the gaps in the fence and this particular camera has a convenient landscape mode that overrides the autofocus (which is necessary to avoid the camera focusing on the fence which is still visible in the viewfinder and is certainly still 'visible' to the autofocus mechanism) - it just uses a small aperture to give maximum depth of field...not ideal for action but fine for ramp shots.

These three are all from my latest roll and were shot on Kodak Elite Chrome 100ASA.

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I'll certainly keep this handy compact loaded with slide film in future as it is often the only way I can get a shot.

Hope some of you find this useful.

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User currently offlineAndyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1311 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

Nice shot of the Air Stan!!  Big thumbs up

Do you poke the lens through the holes, or does the camera just "lose" the fence without having to look ofr a suitalbe hole?

I'm a hole shooter myself, but luckily here the holes are wide enough to fit SLRs!


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User currently offlineA380-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1811 times:

Hi Andy,

I just poke the lens through the holes. The wire mesh is still visible in the viewfinder but once you get used to framing the shot while actually looking at the aircraft behind the wire it is quite simple.

But like I said...the fact that you see the wire in the viewfinder means it will probably interfere with the autofocus, which is where my fixed (narrow) aperture landscape mode comes into play  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently onlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1060 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1783 times:


Just be careful if you put Kodachrome 64 in the camera - almost all compacts only have one row of DC pick ups rather than the two that are needed for full sensing, and can therefore only sense film speed in full stops (e.g. 100, 100 etc). They will set 100ASA for K64 unless you can over-ride the camera's setting. This is done as a cost saving measure with compacts, as most are used for print films where half stop film speeds are not usually necessary.

BTW, no more shots of GA anyway - from Friday night last the nightstopping GA should be parked on the eastern end of the main ramp.  Nuts


User currently offlineA380-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

Ok Andy...thanks for that...well worth knowing.

I did put a few rolls of K64 through it when I first got it and the results were...Ok I suppose.

This was shot on K64...

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...while in Slovenia last year. I got the camera at Gatwick on the way out having decided to leave the SLR at home (Doh!) and then decided at the last minute it might be worth taking a camera after all. Granted most of the shots of of the city of Ljubljana but this shot seemed to be ok.

I have checked and I do only have one row of contacts so only 100ASA for me now...which I tend to do anyway these days.

Bad news about EMA and GA parking :-(

Thanks again Andy,

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