ehyman2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 3 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6409 times:
I live where the planes are at cruising altitude leaving and arriving in Ohare, and some cross country flights go overhead. I was wondering how you take these kind of shots from the ground. http://www.airliners.net/photo/Qantas/Boeing-747-438/1729381/L/ What kind of equipment do you need? Is it readily available? Is it expensive? Is there an alternative way to see planes closeup at 35,000 feet? Thanks.
soon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6316 times:
Also helps if you have super clean atmosphere..in New York I figure about 5 days a year, you get that quality. No matter how clear it is in the Northeast, when you go aloft their is always some layer of crap. Just enough to rob the extra quality you need as demonstrated in the above shot...nice photo!
gabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 6252 times:
Some guys from Poland are using 8" or 10" Synta 1200mm telescope along with dSLR. Take a look at extremespotting.com. A lot of pictures like this are there. Also the sky over northern Europe is specific (i was trying to take a RNAV shot with my 400mm lens in Poland and in USA so I know the difference) and you can get it dark like on that shot. Aperture value of lens is f/8 or f/10 and it is constant. Andrzej Kostrzewa is a master of shots like this.
On tha site you can find also shots of ISS
sulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2035 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6079 times:
I suspect if you look at the histogram there's a fair bit of room at both ends of the scale. Between the air quality and the camera's dynamic range, it won't capture that much contrast, hence setting an appropriate black point means you get that extreme effect. Without it, the image would look very pale / cloudy, for want of a better description.
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JohnKrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1397 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6027 times:
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I think these kind of shots are cool, but they also look enrealistic due to the black sky. I mean we have colour rejections if there is a tint in the sky, or if the fuselage has an orange tone from airport light, but turning the sky black is OK?
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UnitedJumboJet From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5666 times:
Might be a polarizer filter, or it might just be the exposure. Most of the time when I look up, the planes I see at cruising altitude are blindingly white. The sky probably had to be black in order to get a correct exposure for the plane.
I agree! I'm the one that took this shot http://www.airliners.net/photo/Ethio...d=0f56f4601a346ab58689495e7f6ade22 so i'm a little bit concerned about telescopes and so on...actually i'm working on a telescope for ESA. Well...the black sky is done just to have more contrast, no polariser, nothing! the sky is blue and not black so if you're not able to capture it as blue why convert it to black?
I just don't get the point of the screeners concerning this they find unvisible problems in normal photos and then they accept this kind of photos with black sky.
And btw you can see from other photos of the same photographer that the sky is blue...
FedexL1011 From Estonia, joined Jan 2010, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5151 times:
Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 7): I mean we have colour rejections if there is a tint in the sky, or if the fuselage has an orange tone from airport light, but turning the sky black is OK?
I agree,if we have natural light like theirs then it should get accepted and for the tint it also should, for the smog in some areas (i.e. LA, NYC, etc.) limit people to their local airport( which may not be spotter friendly)instead of their back yard!