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Easier: Take Off Or Landing Of Plane Photos?  
User currently offlineairplane09 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7201 times:

Which one is easier to take a photo of: a plane landing or taking off?

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User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7179 times:

Personally, I think approach and landing shots are easier as the flight path is predictable. For take-off shots, the point of rotation differs so it depends on what you're trying to achieve really. Both have their own challenges which makes photography more than just pointing and shooting.

Darren



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User currently offlineLOCsta From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 306 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7101 times:
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Also on landing speeds are fairly consistent, compared to accelerating speeds during t/o.


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User currently offlinemegatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7046 times:

Landing is easier for sure. Speeds are much slower and as already stated flightpath is more predictable.

But, I personally don't tend to care what's easier....I love a good challenge. When I nail a tricky shot I shout 'boom goes the dynamite' and treat myself to a nice meal


User currently offlineairplane09 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7039 times:

Thanks for your input!

User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9776 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6989 times:
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I don't really find either easier. When I'm shooting landings, I'm usually shooting at the In'n'Out, where due to proximity, the airplanes are moving across my field of vision very quickly.

Takeoffs I shoot from either Imperial Hill or the beach, where the aircraft are moving slower, again relative to my field of vision.

That said, with takeoffs you never know exactly where they're going to rotate, or how fast they're going to climb, so planning a shot can be difficult.

Quoting megatop412 (Reply 3):
When I nail a tricky shot I shout 'boom goes the dynamite' and treat myself to a nice meal

  



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User currently offlineSoaring1972 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6978 times:

Quoting megatop412 (Reply 3):
Speeds are much slower

Sure???

I think it is quiet the same if you do not want to have smoking wheels on your picture!

And I think there are more challenging photo situations than takoff or landing.


User currently offlinejpmagero From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6966 times:
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Quoting megatop412 (Reply 3):
I shout 'boom goes the dynamite'

Not too loudly, I hope...wouldn't want some concerned citizen to cause trouble for you  



John M - Aussie expat in the US
User currently offlinecargolex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1259 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6918 times:

Quoting Soaring1972 (Reply 6):
Sure???

Final approach speeds are definitely lower than high-power T/O speeds, although it can vary. MD-11s are going quite fast even when they touch down, while A320s seem to be going quite slowly by comparison (the MD-11 has a very high approach speed in real life, so this isn't just perception).

It also depends on where you are shooting.

At Seatac, you can't really get a rotation shot from anywhere except in the terminal (or possibly air-to-ground), so if you are photographing takeoffs there, the planes will be stowing the gear (or about to be) by the time you see them come into view (the entire airport is on a plateau about 15 meters above all the surrounding roads). That's a bigger challenge than watching them slowly close in on your position at a slower rate of speed.


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