AirGirl From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 26 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1410 times:
As advised, I have been taking pictures on sunny days. However, in getting my pictures back, I am realizing that I have a problem with the shadows cast by the sun. The planes always are casting shadows, sometimes on the same side of the plane as where I am standing and sometimes on the other side. Is it best to shoot when the shadow is on the far side from you? Also the plane itself is "shadowy" from the sun being on the opposite side. Is this just matter of making sure that the sun is behind me?
Nikonman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1196 times:
Like you say, you need to have the sun at your back. Also, avoid the time from 1130-1300. The sun is directly overhead. Although, it is possible to shoot at this time, the pictures aren't as clear as they could be.
Scooter From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 851 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1198 times:
One of my biggest pet peaves about aviation photography is when people say, "that picture sucks becuase it's the shadow side of the airplane." That's crap. In my book, as long as the image has high visual imapct, it's a good picture.
I've seen some killer aviation photography on the net, and many of the more dramatic/artsy photographers use shadows to their advantage to create a dramatic shot. You won't see much of that here on Airliners.net...this is (for the most part) a standard aviation photography site...most of the pictures here are of the same standard/boring side profiles that have been uploaded day after day after day. I've honestly had my fill of this type of photography. I actually found myself walking through SAN this past weekend getting p****d off because I couldn't find any "Airliners.net" shots - lot's of good aircraft to shoot, but no "winning angles", or no "perfect lighting". And it hit me on the way home...I was going by OTHER people's standards. If I would have shot what I liked, I could have been bringing home a bunch of pics. No offence to Johan, but I realized that I'm shooting for him more than I'm shooting for me. Screw that!!
What I'm trying to say is, don't let people tell you what is a 'good' shot and what is a 'bad' shot. Yea, the sunny side of an airplane is always good, but don't be afraid of shadows either. Go for impact, not what you think will be accepted by others. Experiment a little...and most importantly, shoot what you like!!!!!!
TriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1133 times:
I couldn't agree with you more. I posted something about this a while ago, asking if -by any chance- there was an interest in aviation photography from "different" angles. No-one replied, so I sort of concluded I was a bit singled out on Airliners.Net concerning the matter. It's nice to see there are others who think alike.
Would you mind posting a few links to the "killer aviation photography" you mentioned? I've come through a bunch of sites during the last couple of months, but rarely do I see a "special touch" or "original approach" to taking aircraft pics. I, for one, would love to get up close to more aircraft and take partial photos, which I feel tend to look quite dramatic. Not to mention impressive.
Propfreak From Switzerland, joined Mar 2000, 157 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1125 times:
interesting topic. I agree with Scooter. well, I would call myself the classic (boring) shooter, even I do enjoy taking pics in different/dramatic/unusual angles from time to time. It also depends, I believe, what you want to do with the pictures (i.e. if you want to exchange the pictures you are taking or if they are only for yourself) but as has been said before, airliners.net is rather for the straight-forward, 90°-angle-shooters. Posted a couple of "against the light shots" before but they were rejected because they were too dark...
I think the most important thing is that you enjoy what YOU do, and not what other people are thinking about it.