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The Photo That Didn't Turn Out Right?  
User currently offlineConoramoia From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 499 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5052 times:

Hi all,
We've all had the moment where you take a photo in which you had only one chance to get BUT yes it had to go wrong!
Feel free to share yours!

Heres mine....They were taken with a point and shoot but still........

http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/764/dscf3260i.jpg
http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/7294/dscf3795copy.jpg


Regards,

Conor.

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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5040 times:

This photo just didn't work out. Which was a big shame - because it was about 50% there. If only the back wasn't blurred - I would have achieved what I wanted.

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D700, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400@260mm, F/8, 1/8sec, ISO1000


It was very dark - but I figured it was worth a try, even with ISO1000 because the lights in the background would look interesting when blurred. Sadly, it just didn't work out. Even VR and my steadiest attempt at panning didn't help.  Sad Always a next time.


User currently onlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5030 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 1):

Nice photo, why didn't you shoot it @f4 though? Your shutter speed would have been 1/30, the blur effect would still be very close to this one.

Ivan



Contrails Aviation Photography
User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5024 times:

As mentioned in other thread, this photo got ruined by heat haze and the distance b/w the two aircraft (Westjet 737 and Emirates A380 @ YYZ)

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Life only makes sense when you look at it backwards.
User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5027 times:



Quoting Fly747 (Reply 2):
Nice photo, why didn't you shoot it @f4 though? Your shutter speed would have been 1/30, the blur effect would still be very close to this one.

That's why there is a next time.  Smile I wanted to try the slower shutter speed and see how much difference VR makes. This is the first lens I've ever used with VR - and it's only a little over a week old.  Smile So for me, that's a good way to find the limits.

I photographed the Qantas A380 at about 1/25sec with no difficulty before this.  Smile


User currently onlineThomasWarloe From Norway, joined Jul 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4999 times:

I didn't have that good of a camera when I took this photo, so it was grainy, had bad lighting,and was somewhat blurry too.



This picture just seemed kind of neat to me, bu it was ruined by heat haze, and multiple other factors.



Thomas



[Canon EOS 60D + Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L USM Lens + Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM Lens]
User currently onlineThomasWarloe From Norway, joined Jul 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4998 times:

Sorry, it didn't include the links.

http://myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=01420804

http://myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=01420804

Thomas



[Canon EOS 60D + Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L USM Lens + Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM Lens]
User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 837 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4917 times:

Friggin' knucklehead got in the way. He got in the way of other shots, too:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3374/3478705125_e7e16635ae_b.jpg


User currently offlineSkyhawkmatthew From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4896 times:

The 70-200 was juuuuust too long for the shot!  Sad

http://skymatt.valorin.net/missed.jpg



Qantas - The Spirit of Australia.
User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 837 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4887 times:



Quoting Skyhawkmatthew (Reply 8):
The 70-200 was juuuuust too long for the shot!

You've got to go with a camera with a full-frame sensor. You'll never look back after that!  Smile


User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4866 times:



Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 9):
You've got to go with a camera with a full-frame sensor. You'll never look back after that! Smile

But then you'll complain that the planes are too far away. Even with a lens at 400mm - 737, A320 and E190 are too small to photograph.

Still, you never look back - the 35mm cameras work so much better.

Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 7):
Friggin' knucklehead got in the way. He got in the way of other shots, too:

Argh - I feel the pain. Try photographing at the public day of any big international motorshow (for added effect). If you have anything less than a huge bulky looking camera - people give you no room and they walk straight through the picture. I usually get plenty of respect and help from the car manufacturers themselves. I remember Bentley being one of the most helpful.


User currently offlineStil From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 345 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4862 times:

Hi.

I always carry my camera with me when going to the airport. Well... One day I left my camera home...

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Then this day, a 777 arrived to my home airport. Its runway is only roughly 1940 meters long and the aircraft had to perform a visual approach with los visibility conditions. I had to buy a disposable camera on the airport's store to shoot this... picture?

Stil



....... Gueropppa! ......
User currently offlineJalap From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 355 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4843 times:

Here's 2 that could have been better:

This one is mostly a historical shot, OO-SGA was Sabena's 1st 747 and spent its entire career with the company. Very sad to see it being broken up and even more sad that shooting through a fence can have its downsides:


MyAviation.net photo:
Click here for bigger photo!
Photo © Jan Laporte



The second one, great light conditions... but I failed to get it sharp:


MyAviation.net photo:
Click here for bigger photo!
Photo © Jan Laporte



User currently offlineJohnKrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1399 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4835 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
HEAD SUPPORT

For me it's this. As if heat haze was not enough I shot it in jpeg with the wrong WB, doh...


MyAviation.net photo:
Click here for bigger photo!
Photo © Johnny Kristensen




5D Mark III, 7D, 17-40 F4 L, 70-200 F2.8 L IS, EF 1.4x II, EF 2x III, Metz 58-AF1
User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 837 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4816 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 10):

Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 9):
You've got to go with a camera with a full-frame sensor. You'll never look back after that!

But then you'll complain that the planes are too far away. Even with a lens at 400mm - 737, A320 and E190 are too small to photograph.

Not me! I've been happy with my 5D at 200mm being able to crop shots. For example:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3651/3562275410_664029f76b_b.jpg

But I've been ecstatic with the sensitivity/clarity of the sensor and the 21 megapixel count on my 5D Mark II and can't wait to go spotting with it.

When in doubt though, pop on a 2x extender and pray that it will be sharp enough:  Wink

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3474/3406691112_2001182131_b.jpg

All joking aside, I hear what you're saying but I do like the flexibility of the full frame sensors and am more than willing to compromise with distance for that flexibility.

Quoting Cpd (Reply 10):
Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 7):
Friggin' knucklehead got in the way. He got in the way of other shots, too:

Argh - I feel the pain. Try photographing at the public day of any big international motorshow (for added effect). If you have anything less than a huge bulky looking camera - people give you no room and they walk straight through the picture. I usually get plenty of respect and help from the car manufacturers themselves. I remember Bentley being one of the most helpful.

Ha, thanks! The knucklehead in the photo from my previous post was a volunteer at the air show and the public was stuck behind a roped off area so we had no choice but to endure his cluelessness whenever he wanted to walk in areas that we couldn't get to. He could get a shot while obstructing our shots. Funny you should mention shooting at a motorshow--knucklehead guy event was a combo airshow/autoshow called Dream Machines. Only in America...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3599/3484712677_4ee1036a3d_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3390/3483453209_7a006fbb75_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3635/3478236897_e400ca25fc_b.jpg

To keep this on topic, I hate fences and dust on my sensor!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3651/3606241871_3016d80e47_b.jpg


User currently offlineJavibi From Spain, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 1371 posts, RR: 41
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4802 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 1):
Always a next time.

In my experience, next time you'll get half of the airplane blurry as well if you shoot again 1/8 sec unless you manage to get a perfect side-on shot; I do not think you could have done better than you did with those settings  Smile

Quoting Fly747 (Reply 2):
Your shutter speed would have been 1/30, the blur effect would still be very close to this one.

Allow me to disagree, 1/8 is in no way close to 1/30  Smile

Quoting Stil (Reply 11):
a 777 arrived to my home airport

What the hell were those guys doing there???

Cheers,

j



"Be prepared to engage in constructive debate". Are YOU prepared?
User currently offlineSkyhawkmatthew From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4770 times:



Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 9):
You've got to go with a camera with a full-frame sensor. You'll never look back after that!

Well it was okay a couple of seconds later:

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Matthew Baker



Dad has the D700 and it's a great camera, but the D300 serves me well. The 1.5x magnification is a nice bonus to have  Smile



Qantas - The Spirit of Australia.
User currently offlineStil From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 345 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4736 times:



Quoting Javibi (Reply 15):
What the hell were those guys doing there???

Once upon a time... When the Deportivo de la Coruña played Champions League... This beauty brought us the Juventus team. As a fact, I don't like football at all, but if the impressive 777 is the result of our local team playing champions league... Let there be football, then.

Stil



....... Gueropppa! ......
User currently offlineMclaudio From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4732 times:

Hi.
I guess we all have stories to tell about photos that went wrong. The last one that happened to me was last year in Palma de Mallorca (PMI/LEPA).
I was driving to the airport after a great afternoon at the beach, to catch a Transaero that was due to arrive, but when I checked the biz jets apron I almost went mad when I spotted the Kingfisher 727.
I tried all possible angles, near the fence, away from the fence and had no luck.
Finnaly, I decided to climb to the roof of my car (I hope the guys from the rental company don't visit airliners.net   ), and still the best I was able to do was this

No need to say that it was the only time I saw this beauty    and to make it worst, with luck I would get a clean ramp shot with great light. Oh well...didn't get this one clean nor the Transaero.
Next time I return to PMI I think I'll rent a truck  Big grin

[Edited 2009-06-08 06:18:57]


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User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2133 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4648 times:

http://myaviation.net/?pid=01414072

Bad lighting, and its way too blurry  grumpy 



Midwest Airlines- 1984-2010
User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4614 times:



Quoting Javibi (Reply 15):
In my experience, next time you'll get half of the airplane blurry as well if you shoot again 1/8 sec unless you manage to get a perfect side-on shot; I do not think you could have done better than you did with those settings Smile

The side on shot was what I'd aimed for - it didn't work out at all. It is very difficult to acheive this kind of photo consistently with such a slow shutter speed. I don't know how you manage it all the time.

The image above had other problems too - dust spots that just won't go. I'll have Nikon clean the sensor. It won't cost me anything.  Smile I don't know how the dust spots got on the sensor, I'm very careful about that. Fortunately also - they'll do it while I wait.


User currently onlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4585 times:



Quoting Javibi (Reply 15):
Allow me to disagree, 1/8 is in no way close to 1/30 Smile

Master of panning Himself  Smile I agree, it's not the same, I just can't imagine shooting that slow.
1/60th was the slowest shutter speed I have used to successfully upload here.

Ivan



Contrails Aviation Photography
User currently offlineRiverwalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4518 times:

Wow....Is there any way to choose like 15 at once?  Wink I'll have to look through the old collection and *TRY* to pick one.

Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 14):
JeffSFO

Some cool shots there Jeff!  Smile



regs,

Shannon


User currently offlineJulioAlberto From Spain, joined Jul 2007, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4445 times:

One of my "best" shots... (low quality sample).
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28900132@N04/2979105743/

I was at about 120 meters far from the runway's side (at Vigo's airport [LEVX]). That 737 took off and, just when I half pressed the shutter for focusing, only 2-3 seconds after the 737 was in the air, the airplane did a very quick and unexpected left turn with a high bank angle towards the place I was spotting. With the focus and zoom frozen I had only two options: to shoot, or not to shoot...

[Edited 2009-06-09 22:25:31]

[Edited 2009-06-09 22:29:02]

User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2133 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4372 times:

Oh yeah, and this one, too:

http://i559.photobucket.com/albums/ss37/UltimateDelta/IMG_2138.jpg



Midwest Airlines- 1984-2010
25 Post contains images Nwc100 : I have been trying to get this photo for so long, I have about 100 shots of the same thing, Its turned in to my kind of nemesis, weather not right, pl
26 KFlyer : It is the first time I ever heard of a Kingfisher 727 - a freighter ? @skyhawkmatthew your shot is superb !
27 Nwc100 : Kingfisher 727 is VIP!
28 Post contains links and images 2H4 : Rainy air show. I can't seem to figure out how to manage flat light. Anything against the overcast sky looks backlit, and anything against foliage/bui
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