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Photographing The B-2  
User currently offlineMichlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2523 times:

I am going to have the opportunity to photograph a B-2 flyby next Saturday. Are there any suggestions/tips for photographing the B-2 (shutter speed, exposure, etc.) I've photographed an F-117 several years ago but this is a first for the B-2 and this is the first time using a digital SLR to photograph a stealth aircraft.


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

it's no different from any other aircraft...

Determine exposure before you shoot, and don't let the camer sensors be fooled by the much brighter sky surrounding that big black aircraft or you end up with just a silhouette just as you would with an F-117, B-52, or B-1 (or any other dark painted aircraft).

Digital or film don't matter one iota in that equation, except that it's cheaper to bracket your shots.



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User currently offlineThierryD From Luxembourg, joined Dec 2005, 2081 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2499 times:
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Quoting Jwenting (Reply 1):
it's no different from any other aircraft...

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User currently offlineMichlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

Thanks! I appreciate the input.  bigthumbsup 


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User currently offlineOobitsa From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2299 times:

Thierry, great pics. Question from a noob here: how did you determine the appropriate exposure for these shots? I've got a folder full of black smudges that are supposed to be F-117s and B-2's against a bright sky. Spot metering? Educated guessing?

Many thanks!


User currently offlineThierryD From Luxembourg, joined Dec 2005, 2081 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2286 times:
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Quoting Oobitsa (Reply 4):
Thierry, great pics. Question from a noob here: how did you determine the appropriate exposure for these shots?

Thanks Oobitsa!
Using shutter priority works quite well; with fast moving jets, setting a shutter speed of 1/500 - 1/2000 works quite well and the camera does the rest. Works for any kind of plane. The F-117 was shot in auto mode as I found the camera was doing a good job finding its own settings; but basically there's no difference in shooting black birdies vs light birdies.
For instance I took this F-15 with exactly the same settings as the F-117:

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User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

Keep in mind that if the sky is overcast it becomes a whole different ballgame. Contrary to the way people perceive it, an overcast sky is a lot brighter than a blue sky and this will lead the camera to underexpose. You'd probably need to set +ve exposure compensation even with spot metering.

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User currently offlineMichlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

Quoting Kukkudrill (Reply 6):
Keep in mind that if the sky is overcast it becomes a whole different ballgame. Contrary to the way people perceive it, an overcast sky is a lot brighter than a blue sky and this will lead the camera to underexpose. You'd probably need to set +ve exposure compensation even with spot metering.

Good point. I have a Canon EOS 20D and it has three different metering modes. I am thinking that I'll use either partial or center-weighted average with shutter-priority mode.

Again, thanks for the tips...hopefully I'll have some shots that will merit Airliners.



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User currently offlineMichlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2248 times:

Nice F-15 picture Thierry! I was looking for a good picture of the F-15 from this angle to help me with a paint job I'm putting on a 1/32 scale F-15D I'm building...with the photographer's permission of course.  Smile~


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User currently offlineFotodj From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2207 times:

I have few pictures of B-2 on my website www.fotodj.com , newest reports have exif info under the photo, metering usually
center-weighted average...


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User currently offlineOobitsa From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2152 times:

FotoDJ and Thierry, great pix! The exposure of B-2 is amazing. I'm headed to the airshow at Oceana NAS next month and will be sure to have my camera set to center weighted metering, shutter priority, and, perhaps, a little overexposure and bracketing for good measure!

Thanks to all for the great advice!


User currently offlineMichlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2132 times:

Excellent! I'm really looking forward to getting some photos of this dark gray beauty.


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