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User currently offlineAirbus380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 9 hours ago) and read 2599 times:

Whenever I take shots out of airplane windows, it is glared and the window is obstructing. How can you get around this? Thanks!

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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

Hold the lens as near the window as you dare. A rubber hood works wonders.
And hope the window is not too dirty or scratched of course.



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User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 hours ago) and read 2534 times:
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Hi

When I first sit in the seat I always clean the window. I get strange looks sometimes  Smile

As Jwenting pointed out, I too purchased a rubber lens hood. I was able to attach to my digital and this pic came out pretty good:

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Photo © Gary Watt


Regards
Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

I always ask for window seats, and the first thing I check when I get to my seat is how clear the window is. I'd say 80% of the time it is not good enough for any decent pictures. Then of course it depends where you are flying to/from whether a window shot is interesting. Basically, I'd expect that I will maybe get a "keeper" once out of 15 or 20 flights.


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Charles


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

Oh, yeah, one last thing. If the sun is such that you get glare (50% of the time), there really is nothing you can do, except wait for the next flight and hope for better luck next time.

One picture I have been dying to take is a good picture of the terminal at Geneva, as you get a great view of it taking off. unfortunately, the runway is north of the terminal, roughly running east-west, so the terminal is practically always backlit. I've seen the view at least 100 times, and I haven't had any luck yet.

Charles


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5049 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 hours ago) and read 2511 times:

I haven't had too much problem with glare out the plane windows. I do get a lot of glare shooting out the airport terminal windows though.

The main problem I've noticed with out-of-window pics is that the sky is so damn hazy that everything looks fuzzy on the ground. And, a lot of planes do have bad windows.

That reminds me: I have seen lots of plane windows very badly scratched. why? why do people "scratch" all over AIRPLANE windows? they wouldn't do that in the window of a Greyhound bus or the window of a rental car, so why are people so rude and feel that it is fun to destroy a plane window that could give someone else a great view?

Bruce



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (12 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

Bruce, over here people scratch the windows in busses and trains. In the past, you couldn't find a bus without some torn seats that had been out of maintenance for more than a few days.
It is the same as kids with spraypaint, painting grafitti on everything for some kick only in a plane you don't have paint so you use a pen or the knife from your foodtray.

It is sick, but some people don't seem to know the meaning of property, thinking if something does not belong to them it does not belong to anyone and is therefore OK to damage.



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User currently offlineTonimr From Spain, joined Jan 2001, 325 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (12 years 12 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Wait until the "fasten seat belts" is off and ask the crew to go outside to clean your window.  Laugh out loud

Sorry, I couldn't resist...



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User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5049 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (12 years 12 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

"Excuse me, miss?? Can I open my window for some air?"


- pax to f/a at 35,000 feet.



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineA380-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2436 times:


...why do people "scratch" all over AIRPLANE windows...

Bruce,

I have noticed that when I press my lens to the window when taking window shots that the front of my UV filter (that has a serrated edge) does sometimes leave a small scratch mark on the plastic inner window.

Maybe you're only sitting where many other photogs have previously taken window shots  Wink/being sarcastic

I did once notice (en-route LJU-LHR) that the outside of the window was very badly scratched on an Adria A320 - how that happened I have no idea.

Regards,
Dean


User currently offlineTonimr From Spain, joined Jan 2001, 325 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2432 times:

Now seriously:

If the scratches and the spots are not too big, you can help avoid them by opening your lens diaphragm (low f numbers) to reduce depth of field (focusing on the outside object).

A rubber shade will remove unwanted reflections from the inside and will not make more scratches...

Best regards.



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2431 times:

Dean, the scratches on the outside are caused by birds and spacealiens photographing the people inside  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5049 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2420 times:

Actually, I think the OUTSIDE scratches are caused by the brushes on the apparatus that cleans the jets. Or maybe de-icing.


Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
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