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User currently offlineBeekie10 From Belgium, joined Oct 2008, 1 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

Hi,

What features should I use to make a picture in the late evening to become the lines out of the lights on the wings of the plane? Should I focus on the plane?

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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3219 times:

A tripod and a long exposure.


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User currently offlineGliderpilot08 From Canada, joined Jun 2008, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3083 times:



Quoting Viv (Reply 1):
A tripod and a long exposure.

I understand "tripod", but what do you mean by : "Long Exposure"  Confused

I know how to change the exposure and I also know that a long exposure will make the picture turn more white in the daytime, but how do you adjust you exposure time to work towards you benefit during the evening.

Thanks
Luke
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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3079 times:



Quoting Gliderpilot08 (Reply 2):
I know how to change the exposure and I also know that a long exposure will make the picture turn more white in the daytime, but how do you adjust you exposure time to work towards you benefit during the evening.

The reason why the longer exposures turn your photo white in the day time is because longer exposures leave the shutter open longer, thus allowing more light into the camera. When the camera stays open for too long during bright light the sensor just translates what it reads into whiteness (brightness). Since there is less light at night, of all kinds, longer shutter speeds allow more of that light into the camera and thus create a properly exposed image.



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User currently offlineGliderpilot08 From Canada, joined Jun 2008, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3078 times:



Quoting Whappeh (Reply 3):
The reason why

Thanks alot,  Big grin

Regards
Luke



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User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2616 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3058 times:
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I have a question about this too. How do I get the light streaks AND the plane? I have a picture on here of a long exposure but that night I just couldn't get the plane itself.

This is what I mean:


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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3057 times:



Quoting Sovietjet (Reply 5):
I have a question about this too. How do I get the light streaks AND the plane? I have a picture on here of a long exposure but that night I just couldn't get the plane itself.

I have never shot that style before, I'm I am 99% sure this is what they are doing:

1) Set up a tripod for long exposures at the threshhold of the runway.
2) When you see an aircraft coming, start the exposure.
3) Get a large flash
4) When the aircraft is over your head, trigger the flash. The extra bright light will freeze the aircraft there in the frame, while still having the streaks.

The only thing that confuses me is how to work the flash in with the exposure settings, since I'm pretty sure you'll have to manually trigger the flash. I guess its just trial and error in order to get it right.



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User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2616 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3052 times:
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You really think an external flash is enough to light a whole plane which is 100-200 feet away? I didn't think they were that powerful  Big grin

User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3050 times:

Well, probably some sort of studio flash. I'm sure they aren't doing that with an SB-600.


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