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User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1378 times:

I need advice as to what film you guys think is the best... I'm spotting at Dublin and, I'm sure you all know, the weather isn't terribly good... The days are usually grey and dull...
Anyway... What film do you think I should be using... I'm shooting during the day by the way...

John.


John Massey... Canon EOS 20D - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM (For the moment)
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User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1303 times:

For prints, Fuji Reala.

Luis


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1295 times:

John,
Just dont go on the dull days, hold out. I have to and I dont even get out there often

Fuji Reala or Fuji Superia


User currently offlineCarlos Borda From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 538 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1305 times:

If your shooting in good bright sun.... go with Kodak Kodachrome 64 (K64). You'll find that most of the serious photogs on a.net use slide film, either K64 or Fuji Provia 100. Both will give you great results in day light with good weather conditions. When it's cloudy/rainy I stay home....  Wink/being sarcastic

~Carlos


User currently offlineYKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1288 times:

Personaly I think K64 sucks. If it's sunny go with Fuji Sensia. Alot of the photos in the database that I know were shot on K64 appear underexposed and colours aren't virbrant but rather dull. The greens and blues look very dark or black while the white aircraft appears correctly exposed. Not so on Fuji films. Besided I think its easier and faster to process E-6 than it is Kodak films, not to mention all the problems people have encountered with sending the film away to the Kodak labs for processing.

User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

Thanks a lot for the help and comments guys!

I think I'll try the three Fuji films suggested, and also, stay home when the weather isn't good  Wink/being sarcastic!

John.



John Massey... Canon EOS 20D - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM (For the moment)
User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 767 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1269 times:

John - I'd go with Reala on the dull days - don't stay home! First, there are too few sunny days in Dublin, and secondly, weather can really ad to the shot ... look at some of Pixair's stuff.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1269 times:

Colin has brought a good point, dull or cloudy days aren't that bad, we don't need to stay home. We need to be more creative and find new opportunities. I couldn't get this shot on a blue sunny day.

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Photo © Luis Rosa


Luis


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

I'm actually planning to experiment with dull wet days when I switch to slides to see if i can get any vortices and wing condensation - We in Dublin have THE perfect angle to get an A330 front half close-up kicking up water. But I have yet to get it !  Big grin

Cheers,
Martin


User currently offlineYdelta From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2012, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1243 times:

I don't go out in cloudy conditions but I must admit sometimes it could be a good occasion to make some unusual shots.
This on was made with a Fuji... Smartmedia  Smile

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Photo © YANNICK DANIEL



Yann


User currently offlineEricp From Singapore, joined Jun 2001, 53 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

Stay home only if there is no light at all. Sunlight in wet conditions can make for some very interesting images, like this ...


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Photo © Eric Phan



On the other hand, if you're there already, and even if the light is lacking, you can still get things like this ...  Nuts


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Photo © Eric Phan



I use Fuji Provia F 100 and Kodak EBX 100. Provia F has nicer colors, in my opinion, but EBX is cheaper.

I would invest in a film picker, so that you can change films in mid-roll (unless your camera already has that function) ... sometimes when conditions are not so good, you still get some nice subjects, and rather than let them go, you can switch to 400-speed print film and still get decent images.

Both the images above were on Kodak EBX, BTW.

Eric


User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1226 times:

only ever use Fuji sensia 100 amd with 250+ images here it must be ok  Smile


English First, British Second, european Never!
User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1198 times:

Ckw - maybe I will try and shoot during rubbish days... See what kind of results I can get  Wink/being sarcastic.

Luis - Nice pic! That would probably be the sort of thing I'm aiming for...

Martin - Good idea! I know exactly the spot you are talking about, I think lol. I'd try if I had a bigger lens, my lens (singlular!) isn't anywhere near big enough, 35mm-80mm LOL!!

Ydelta - Very nice shot indeed! Just shows what can be done with those beautiful cloud formations! Also, of one of my favourite planes!

Ericp - Those are also very nice pictures! Those are the kind of pictures I admire...! Obviously the water spraying up ads to the overall quality etc. I would consider investing in a film picker as you suggested, yes. But I think for the moment, a bigger lens is on the top of my list of priorities...

Thanks for the replies!

John.



John Massey... Canon EOS 20D - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM (For the moment)
User currently offlineBodobodo From Canada, joined May 2000, 553 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1194 times:

The bulk of my photos (1100+) on Airliners.net are with Fuji Sensia/Sensia II ISO100. Some of them were taken with Fuji Provia 100F which is better in terms of grain although a little more sensitive to exposure errors. It's also significantly more expensive than Sensia so Sensia remains my everyday film. All of these are slide films. The results from these can be seen at:

http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?photographersearch=Felix%20Sieder

Cheers,
Felix


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

John just to show you a few from that spot I was talking about
I love the place !


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Photo © Martin O'Connell



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Photo © Martin O'Connell



In case I forgot to mention it I currently use Fuji Superia 100 print film (the 2 above are taken with that film) about £5 for 36 exposures. I've gotten iffy results so far (but I think that might be the developer who fecks thing up), hence my decision to switch to slides in the next 2 weeks.

Cheers,
Martin

My advice; pull as much money together as you can and get that 300mm lens ASAP !



User currently offlineYdelta From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2012, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

Martin,

Very nice pics indeed. I'd say too sharp to be true  Smile
Don't see a personal offense, but these photos look quite irreal, like the planes were cut and paste on a different background. Do you apply a special Photoshop filter or what ? The grass looks very... green but a non standard green (maybe the Irish grass is like that I don't know  Smile )
Again, no doubt about your work but just wondering.

Yann


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 months 6 days ago) and read 1169 times:

Hi Ydelta,
Don't worry no offence taken. I dont know if you were joking here but the sharpness was the product of the lightest of unsharp mask settings in photoshop; radius 1.0 - 60%.
Why does everyone say they look superimposed !!!!! Not anyone here but my family always says "nice shot Martin, but is that doctered in some way, the plane seems to be standing out a lot ?"
I can tell you they are as real as they come. The screeners added them to the database within 24 hours so they must have been good enough for that to happen

Cheers,
Martin


User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

Hey Martin!
Nice shots! Long-term car park right?
How do you manage to clear that darned fence?!

John.



John Massey... Canon EOS 20D - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM (For the moment)
User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

I'm not a user of slides myself. I tend to stick with the prints. I have used several types of film such as AGFA, Kodak and Fuji to find the Fuji Superia films give me the best value for money. Cheap, yet NOT nasty like the others. If shooting on cloudy days, it is probably best to go for Fuji Superia ISO 200 rather than the 100.
Good Luck  Big grin


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

Hi John,
Well I'm 5ft 8' and still on the way up but unless you are super small then there's no problem in clearing the fence. The mound itself is about 12ft high


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 767 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1140 times:

Martin - I've been looking at those two pics you posted, and, yes, they do look superimposed - I was trying to figure out why. My guess is that there is a small rise between you and the runway which is effectively hiding the tarmac and more abruptly curtailing the normally expected fade from out of focus to infocus. The grass tones match almost exactly to that of the field behind the runway.

So it looks like the aircraft if lifting off the grass, and the critical bit of ground that would give the expected visual cues is hidden.

Either that or its a cut 'n' paste job!  Smile

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1137 times:

Damn my secret is out  Big grin !

No on a serious note I see exactly what you mean but I can assure you they are as real as they come.
Dont ask me why they look like that though. But my family keep saying the same thing !

Cheers,
Martin

BTW, there is a bit of a slope all right on my side of the photograph that is quite pronounced when you are up close by the perimeter fence. On ground level you would need a ladder just to see the whole aircraft



User currently offlineCarlos Borda From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 538 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1127 times:

Regarding shooting in rain/clouds.... I have to admit that you boys in Europe and Asia get some very interesting results in that type of weather. We don't have that exact "unique" type of damp wet weather here. When it's rainy/cloudy here, it's just plain ugly!

~Carlos


User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (13 years 2 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

Hey Martin!
Can I just ask you where you get your photos put onto CD?

Thanks,
John.



John Massey... Canon EOS 20D - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM (For the moment)
User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 2 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1107 times:

John,
Pixels in Liffey Street oppostite the side entrance to Arnott's (Sports Dept.)

http://www.pixels.ie

Martin


User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 25, posted (13 years 2 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

Cheers Martin...

John.



John Massey... Canon EOS 20D - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM (For the moment)
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