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User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

This may be a strange question, but what other fun activities (other than aviation) are there for ultra zoom photography (let's say 400mm lens)?

There is, of course, aviation photography at airports and air shows.

If you are into spectator sports, there is that (though for professional events you probably need some sort of license).

There is wild life photography, but you won't be able to do that everywhere, and lugging around a big lens while running after animals might be hard.

People watching? I guess you could go to the beach and zoom in on attractive women, but that's a little too creepy and not that interesting  Wink

Would like to hear other ideas to keep me occupied with my zoom lens!

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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

Try getting into sports photography. If you set up your own company - you should be able to get in with the others.

But from what I hear, the pro-photographers can be a bit rough. But, they are in it for the money.


User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1362 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k210/CanadianFighterPilot/Moon.jpg

Cal  airplane 



*Insert Sound Of GE90 Spooling Up Here*
User currently offlineSluger020889 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 456 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2929 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 1):
But from what I hear, the pro-photographers can be a bit rough. But, they are in it for the money.

I've yet to meet one that I can classify as even remotely easy to approach.

Joey



I would love to fly a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong!
User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

Try some wild life...

http://www.martineadie.com/gallery/d...mage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=55

Taken with a 400mm lens. Larger view shows more detail. Just a seagull yes, but you can get some good detail getting in close.


User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

Quoting Eadster (Reply 4):
Taken with a 400mm lens. Larger view shows more detail. Just a seagull yes, but you can get some good detail getting in close.

Nice image, I've shot a few of seagulls as well - they don't care about people. I hope to be a able to photograph a quoll one day (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus):

http://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasyurus_maculatus

They are lovely looking animals - but they are about as vicious as an angry tiger.

[Edited 2008-01-26 04:08:03]

User currently offlineWalter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1292 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Not really BIG wildlife, but still fun when there are no planes around....  Smile

http://walter2219.fotopic.net/p21299411.html

http://walter2219.fotopic.net/p22784434.html


or, having a look what some construction workers are doing:

http://walter2219.fotopic.net/p39019526.html

http://walter2219.fotopic.net/p38863405.html

Best regards,

Walter



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User currently offlineHangarRat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 633 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Rally racing's fun to shoot:

http://hallpass.smugmug.com/gallery/409610#16358221-A-LB
http://hallpass.smugmug.com/gallery/409610#16358247-A-LB

It takes a bit of investment in time and travel, but the best part about rally racing is that its free to watch.

Quoting Sluger020889 (Reply 3):
Quoting Cpd (Reply 1):
But from what I hear, the pro-photographers can be a bit rough. But, they are in it for the money.

I've yet to meet one that I can classify as even remotely easy to approach.

If you meet one in a bar, he'll BS with you for hours. If you try to talk to a pro sports photographer from your box seats at an MLB game, he'll probably be dismissive. He's working, concentrating and worrying about making deadline.

A good way to shoot sports is to call up the athletic director or sports information director at your local college and university and see if you can get a field or courtside pass for football or basketball games. Usually, at a Division II or Division III school, they'll be happy to oblige, especially if you offer to pass along any good shots you get.



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User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

Some ideas:




:D
Ed

edit too make pics visible.

[Edited 2008-01-26 10:22:02]

User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 47
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2782 times:



Quoting HangarRat (Reply 7):
If you meet one in a bar, he'll BS with you for hours. If you try to talk to a pro sports photographer from your box seats at an MLB game, he'll probably be dismissive. He's working, concentrating and worrying about making deadline.

Doesn't this apply for pretty much any job, if you take it seriously?
A captain while reading the final check list, will not talk to you at all........


User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

Wouldn't mind to shoot some winter sports, a bit hard here in the North of Australia though!

Quoting AKE0404AR (Reply 9):
A captain while reading the final check list, will not talk to you at all........

And neither should he. Check lists should never be interrupted. Especially final approach check lists! Some operating procedures come standard with every operator/airline. I know I tell my passengers to be quiet around 15 miles to/from an airport when I'm PIC. They must understand this before we leave the ground.


User currently offlineHangarRat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 633 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2744 times:



Quoting AKE0404AR (Reply 9):
Doesn't this apply for pretty much any job, if you take it seriously?

Absolutely.

I was just addressing what I saw as an unfair blanket characterization of professional photogs. I know quite a few, and they're actually pretty easygoing. However, they probably don't want to hear about your D40.



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