Diezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 10 Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5350 times:
I like going out taking pictures in bad weather as there is a bigger chance that something interesting might happen. I've got lots of bad weather pictures but I never really bothered to upload those pictures as they usually do not reach the quality levels needed to get accepted here.
However, I've got two which I would like to show here and ask for some advice as I would like them to enter the database but I'm not sure they qualify.
Number 1 is from a 747 popping out of the fog on a rainy day. It's obviously not your average sunny picture, there might be some quality issues here and the weird light gives it a somewhat soft/plastic look, but I've seen worse and it is an interesting picture you can't shoot every day. Is it good enough?
Number 2 is a T7 rotating with heavy fogged engines. It is on the edge of being blurry (or maybe just over it). What do you think?
Do you have any specific handy tips on ISO values and shutter speed for aviation photography in bad weather. I'm very interested as I know that my bad weather pictures are often more luck than wisdom.
DRAIGONAIR From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 709 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5336 times:
Indeed, if there is no sun you need higher ISO values and that doesnt really help to improve the quality of the photo!
I also have some shots from bad weather and most get rejected for quality so when there is no sun i just dont bother. They turn out to be of high grain and a big zoom wont help either, hence they dont make it!
Shame of the T7 shot, i would say try it again and hope for the same conditions!
ThierryD From Luxembourg, joined Dec 2005, 2156 posts, RR: 48
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5331 times:
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I'd give the B747 shot a try; it has some quality issues but it's quite different from what one normally sees here and there are some really nice effects to be seen. If possible (without accentuating grain or jaggies too much) I'd add some sharpness to it though.
The B777 is a nice shot too but it's definitely blurry and since this kind of shot (KLM B777 rotating with foggy intakes) exists already 1000 or so times in the db I don't think it would make it.
IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5271 times:
I tend to shoot as if it was a normal day. And yes, most shots come out crap. My 10D hasn't got great high ISO capabilities, so 200 ISO is as high as I (can) go. Basically, the low shutterspeed brings in a very high 'luck-factor'. Exposure is tricky, as it's generally quite dark in bad weather. There is just too little light shining on the aircraft, causing the details to get lost in the grain.
Roel, both the 747 and 777 are blurry, the 777 the worst. Although I must say, de 777's weather is not bad, is it? I see a sunlit aircraft!
This is one of my lucky shots in the rain. I have it printed at 25x38cm (10x15") on my wall at home.
I plan to go out to the airport again this weekend after not having been to AMS for 2 months. Lets hope for some interesting weather (rain and shine! )
Linco22 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1388 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5256 times:
Remember you DSLR has great high ISO capabilities. Don't let the bad weather stop you shooting, especially when you get effects like you captured on the KLM 772. I would always try to maintain the right shutter speed and DOF as you would normally. Metering can sometimes be a little trickier with dark and changing skies.
As for your shots, the 747 is too dark and is very grainy but nice motive. The 772 I think may have been soft and the nose out of focus so you've oversharpened to compensate.