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User currently offlineCoxmaster From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

Pretty simple question. Im going on a trip soon, hoping to take some good pics through the glass at the airport, and through the window.

Best settings for a taking pictures through windows?? Is DoF the most important?

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User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

Use the flash (especially when it's dark )

But usually I don't do anything different than when I normally take pictures outside, just make sure there are no reflections in the window. Just try different setting until you're happy. Also, something to wipe a window clean might be usefull too.

[Edited 2008-10-06 07:05:22]

User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3743 times:

I hope it is not Detroit (DTW). The Northwest terminal has a halftone screen on the windows. Try to find a clean spot; hold the lens close to minimize reflections. It isn't the best of options but worth it if you see some subjects that don't visit your home airport.

Gary
Cottage Grove, MN, USA



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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

Wear dark clothing...long sleeves!...diminishes your reflection in windows...

User currently offlineGliderpilot08 From Canada, joined Jun 2008, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3681 times:



Quoting Soon7x7 (Reply 3):
Wear dark clothing...long sleeves!...diminishes your reflection in windows...

Never thought of that before!

Good Call!!!  Big grin



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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3659 times:



Quoting Gliderpilot08 (Reply 4):

Yeh, the photographer himself is the greatest offender of window reflections...even tape up camera logo that is painted in white...sounds exrtreme...but it works...j


User currently offlineTopGun3 From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3658 times:



Quoting F4wso (Reply 2):
I hope it is not Detroit (DTW).

 banghead  I wasn't a happy camper when I was at DTW and all the glass was covered with tiny dots....I'm sure it is great as a sunscreen, but it sucks for taking photos.



I'd rather be flying.
User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

Open the window, if possible ...


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User currently offlineCoxmaster From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3655 times:

Open the window.. That isnt going to work very well at the airport, nor do the windows open (easily) in a 737.

Im flying KMCI to KORD on Southwest. Hopefully i'll see something interesting in Orlando


User currently offlineUnitedJumboJet From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

Personally I make sure the lens is touching the window(this is with a P&S, not an SLR.) This guarentees no reflections.

User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3636 times:



Quoting Coxmaster (Reply 8):
nor do the windows open (easily) in a 737.

Oooh, I never knew that ...



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1746 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3633 times:
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Quoting TopGun3 (Reply 6):
   I wasn't a happy camper when I was at DTW and all the glass was covered with tiny dots....I'm sure it is great as a sunscreen, but it sucks for taking photos.

BOS has these as well in some places. Man is it annoying.



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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 3589 times:

One more thing...keep soft clean tissue in your shirt pocket so you can clean window...(previous pax greasy nervous sweaty grime)...

And don't listen to that VIV guy...if you open window at thirty thousand feet in a 737...your peanuts will get sucked out and thats the only meal your gonna get...he doesn't know what he's talking about!


User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3558 times:



Quoting Coxmaster (Reply 8):
That isnt going to work very well at the airport, nor do the windows open (easily) in a 737.

Deadheading to MIA last July for a simulator event, I was booked aboard an American AL 737. We stayed low for a long time. The captain made the announcement that there was a pressurization problem and we woudl be returning to Minneapolis. On short final, we did a go around. The captain made another announcement that the First Officer opened adn closed his window fixing the problem. He said we still had enough gas to continue on to Miami. I couldn't get over that he just told a packed plane that they opened and closed a window. I t certainly can be done at lower atltitudes and slow speeds but I would hesitate to make an announcement to that effect.

Gary
Cottage Grove, MN, USA



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User currently offlinePRM From Burkina Faso, joined Apr 2002, 351 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3551 times:

Aperture Priority - A Larger aperture helps if the window is spotted / dirty / scratched - i.e F6.3 I find tends to produced substantially more useable results than F9, as the focus point on the subject (e.g wing / or other aircraft) is far enough away that at a larger aperture the dirt / spot / scratches fall outside the DOF.

Cheers, Paul


User currently offlineEhvk From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3537 times:

I just took Some pictures true The airplane window, on my last trip from Bangkok to Amsterdam Via Amman. I took the pictures with the same settings as i normaly take pictures with, and i uploaded 3 of them. they all got accepted.


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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3529 times:



Quoting Soon7x7 (Reply 12):
And don't listen to that VIV guy...if you open window at thirty thousand feet in a 737...your peanuts will get sucked out and thats the only meal your gonna get...he doesn't know what he's talking about!

FIRST you eat the peanuts. THEN you open the window and take your shots!



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User currently offlineFishermancn From China, joined Jan 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

Just get as close as you can to the glass, if possible stick you lense to it. This is to avoid reflection. Good luck!


Never stop flying.
User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3498 times:



Quoting Viv (Reply 16):

Argh!...youur a wee bit smart, are ya?...

Or , yours get sucked out...take the picture...then grab your neighbors nuts as they fly past you...providing your cameras fast enough to get the job done...............(funny, I'm writing this as I'm listening to Riverdance soundtrack)...while looking aty my Aer Lingus 747 crew door in front of my desk (EI-BED)...I'm feeling green today....J


User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3493 times:



Quoting Soon7x7 (Reply 18):
then grab your neighbors nuts as they fly past you

I would have said "peanuts"

Gary
Cottage Grove, MN, USA



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User currently offlineMclaudio From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3474 times:



Quoting Viv (Reply 7):
Open the window, if possible ...

 laughing   laughing 

I always carry with me those glass cleaners wipes moist to remove the dirt from the plastic and a few dry to clean it better. It might look strange for other pax, but photos will look better.
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on both I did the cleaning I mentioned.
Have fun and good luck with the photos.



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User currently offlineYankeezephyr From Australia, joined Sep 2008, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

This may be something that others have thought of too, but I use a rubber hood, so I have a bit of leeway in the angle of the lens to the window (as they are collapsible, you are not tied in to the rigidity of the plastic or metal ones)

I also either wear dark clothes, as suggested by soon7x7, or I use a dark shirt or jacket as a 'hood' to block of the light and reflections where there is double glazing

This can also be wrapped around the end of the lens to provide a makeshift flexible hood. This also stops you accidentally hitting the window with your lens

I've also been know to ask my long suffering wife to 'stand just there for a sec', which while not ideal, does the trick  Big grin

yz


User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3396 times:

UGH! I was on a WO MD-11 here a while back and went over to a window that overlooked the wing and portside engine. The window was a disaster area with scratches and all kinds of funk on it. No cleaner on me at the time meant I had a deal with it! LOL!!! Good times!


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User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3379 times:



Quoting Yankeezephyr (Reply 21):

The rubber hood is great,... I use the same,... especially effective in terminals through windows...

One note...Polorizers don't work on acrylic windows on airliners unless your going for a special rainbow effect, which sometimes makes for interesting results...however I have used them in gliders and single engine planes and they work fine...Commercial PAX windows must have a coating of their own.


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