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Advice On Some Airshow Shots Please  
User currently offlineDonkmcgonk From Netherlands, joined Mar 2009, 12 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5201 times:


I went to the Luchtmacht Open Dagen(Airforce Recruting Day) in Volkel yesterday, and took about 400+ shots, and here is what I got what I thought was the best and did my best editing it accordingly. Any advice is appreciated.

Cheers, Marius


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User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4279 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5173 times:

Hi Marius,

Most of the shots are too distant for A.net. You've got a couple of shots that I suspect will get a motive rejection (the Gulfstream IV with the 4 cars looks nice, but unsure of the motive). The A-10 just looks wrong, especially the clouds (too much photoshop?). The C-17 tail doesn't do it for me either.

You could try cropping the shots a bit closer (the Orange Lion looks ok, just needs some more cropping).

User currently offlineDonkmcgonk From Netherlands, joined Mar 2009, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5168 times:

Yes, I know I need a better lens, I have a 18-55mm lens.
Let me redo the A-10 and then crop the lion.


Thanks for responding, tell me know what you think

User currently offlineAlevik From Canada, joined Mar 2009, 1208 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5129 times:

F-16 decent quality but too low in the frame and need to crop more off the left side - it is not centered left/right. Keeping the van completely on the photo is not the way to go.

The A-10 - no chance, sorry. Too low in the frame, but the bigger issue is backlit, and when you adjusted levels to get the plane showing some details, the clouds are blown out.


Improvise, adapt, overcome.
User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5119 times:

I do not think any of those shots will be accepted here, sorry.

The F-16 shot is the one with the best chance.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineSpiderguy252 From India, joined Feb 2009, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5107 times:

Ouch that must be frustrating! Taking 400 odd shots and realizing that none will be accepted.  Confused

Keep them in your personal collection, though.

User currently offlineDonkmcgonk From Netherlands, joined Mar 2009, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5089 times:

Thank you all for your comments, but what I really wanted to figure out was how can I get better pics next time I go spotting?


P.S. If anyone wants to critique all my other shots in the album I would much appriciate it.

[Edited 2009-06-21 04:11:25]

User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 4213 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5058 times:

Be aware of the movement of the sun during the day. The A-10 shot should have been done in the morning.

You obviously need a longer lens, especially here at Volkel where you are kept miles from the flying.

Peter Smile

The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad (Salvador Dali)
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