eskillawl From Sweden, joined Jan 2012, 96 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6983 times:
Hello, I just took a look for the first time in a long while on my pictures from one of the first spotting trips. The development is huge, even though I've just been a planespotter for around a year. So, here are mine "before-and-after" pictures. Let me and everybody else see your spotting-development.
airkas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4028 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6927 times:
Well, photo-wise you can judge for yourself. The above photo was the first accepted photo with my (then) new Canon 300D. Now if I compare that to a more or less recent photo (the photo below), the difference is HUGE. But of course, the difference between a 300D and 5DMkII is huge aswell. The rest can be contributed to learning how to properly edit/post process a photo.
That said, the biggest steps I've made (by far) is in attitude towards the hobby. My point of view towards uploading has changed a lot (from getting worked up over/not understanding a rejection to a much more mellow attitude). Back then I was very enthousiastic about the hobby and that's still there, just in a different shape and I express it differently.
Newark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6837 times:
If my first spotting trip would be defined by "first time I went to an airport for the explicit purpose of photographing airplanes" I think this would be just about Genesis:
Taken with an Olympus point-and-shoot, August 9th, 2008.
2012: I stopped. At the moment I don''t have the time and honestly I got stuck in a 'plane photography rut'. I can't be bothered to pick up my camera stuff, burn liters of fuel to drive to the airport, hang around the perimeter for hours, only to come home with more photos that look almost exactly the same as the ones I took a few years ago.
Time moved on, I have other things keeping me busy now. Maybe I'll pick it up again sometime in the future.
Kaphias From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6551 times:
One of my earliest shots, from 2007, taken with a Olympus Camedia C-3020:
I think I'll always regret not getting a better shot of this plane before it disappeared. Rumor has it that it's in someone's hangar now, but I'm not in a place to ask around and find out for sure.
Compared with some of today's stuff:
riflex From Portugal, joined Jul 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6522 times:
Interesting topic this one!
I started my spotting activity at around 11 years ago using a Canon Powershot camera, not exacly the best for movement pictures such as landing but still way better than nothing
Dehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1066 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6453 times:
These days it's all about pushing my gear and and what I can get.
It's a pleasant feeling to be out shooting knowing 99% of people are at home missing out on spectacular shooting great fun and something that's a true photography challenge.
Shooting on a beautiful afternoon is still good fun but with today's gear there are no excuses for only firing during the day..
walter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1303 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6388 times:
I started photography using the equipment from my father during the late sixties/early seventies. I hope to be able to make some decent scans - during the coming winter-season - from the first slides I took, together with my father, during that start-up period. The oldest scans I have - for the moment - on here are from the late-seventies. Here's one of them:
One of my latest uploads is this shot that I'm personally very happy with. It's also typical of the subjects I like best now. The camera isn't vastly different from the 2004 shots, a Nikon D90 rather than a D70. My long lenses are much better now than the crappy 70-300G, although both the 757 and the Galeb were shot with short kit lenses.
megatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6307 times:
How strange. My shots from 1997 when I started make me smile(thinking about carriers and aircraft I can no longer capture), despite that they are 'technically' poor, yet I now take multitudes of technically 'proficient' shots of dime-a-dozen carriers and types. Interesting how it is the older, less proficient shots that give me greater satisfaction. Ain't nostalgia grand