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Simple Question - Winter Or Summer  
User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5579 posts, RR: 63
Posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2060 times:
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Hi all

What do you prefer for shooting, Winter or Summer?

I would have to say Winter. I love crisp, frosty mornings with clear skies........and no heat haze  Smile

Anyone else for comments?

Cheers

Gary Watt
Bring on the Winter!

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User currently offlineHias From Germany, joined Sep 2000, 349 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

I have to say that I love winter more than summer, especially of the clear skies and no haze and also the sun not being as high as in summer...


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but if it isn't that cold, that would be an advantage. I shot the AN225 when it was -13 degrees celcius...Bitterly cold...brrrrrrrrr

Regards

Mathias
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mathias.henig@gmx.de


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5579 posts, RR: 63
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2042 times:
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Hi all

Sorry, forgot to bum up one of my own images, Winter time:

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Cheers

Gary


User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2040 times:

Gary,
I prefer summer at Manchester - the rain is warmer!
Seriously, I will look forward to the crisp clear winter mornings as you say.
Craig.


User currently offlineKingwide From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 838 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

Definitely winter. My best day this year was New Year's Day - -8 degrees and absolutely crystal clear. I still have a load of shots from that day that I haven't got round to uploading.


J



Jason Taperell - AirTeamImages
User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2024 times:

hmm. Winter is cold and wet. Summer is warm and wet... Clear summer days are nice. At least you need no gloves to prevent your hands from freezing like you do on clear winter days.
Winter does have the advantage of giving less chance of heatblur...



I wish I were flying
User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

Well, here Winter is definitely better than Summer. At least, you get all the ski-chartered 737 that you don't have the rest of the year !

User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

Winter!! Although my nose and feet get frozen from time to time. But the lighting - above all when you have a sunny, cold day and snow everywhere - is simply perfect.


Gerardo



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User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

Summer can be fun as well. How else could these shots be taken if it ain't HOT !! Big grin


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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

WINTER! I'm tired of the daily Florida thunderstorms, and the 95 degree weather with 90% humidty haha.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29840 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

It is hard to take pictures of floatplanes when the lake is frozen!!!


OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

For battery life: Summer
For taking pictures: Winter
Peter



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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

Does it make a difference in Scotland? Its cold all year  Big thumbs up


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1955 times:

Both have their advantages. But, if I'm properly dressed, I would say winter. The sun stays lower against the horizon, and you get better, oblique lighting all day. In the summer, the sun will be straight up in the middle of the day, giving nasty results. Cold air also tends to be less hazy then hot air, although there are exceptions. On the other hand, days are short, and a particularly interesting plane that you've been waiting a year for and arrives at 5:00 p.m. will be in the dark  Pissed. And after a few hours in sub-zero temperatures, you really start wondering how crazy you have to be to enjoy this hobby.

Charles


User currently offlineAviationIvi From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 777 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

winter, as far as Frankfurt is concerned!

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User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

Lets see, average daily summer temps at SAN run about 75F, wunter temps in the daytime at SAN average about 68F and an average of 9 inches of rain per year. Does it matter? (No hate mail from you!!!) hehehehehehehehehe

 Smile Tony


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

Of course all that sun makes you lose your ability to spell and use spell checkers....

User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 769 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

"I would have to say Winter. I love crisp, frosty mornings with clear skies"

Which in Aberdeen start about 11 am - admit it Gary, you like winter so you can stay in bed!  Smile

Me, I see merits in both - I remember last New Year's day well Jason - I was at a Popham fly-in, and I think we had as many movements as LHR!

But they put the warbirds away for the winter ... for me nothing beats a sunny field in the heart of England with Spitfires overhead.

However, I would like to put on record an absolute loathing for November. Does this month have any value at all? Let's get rid of it!

Cheers,

Colin



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User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5579 posts, RR: 63
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1924 times:
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Hi All

Colin, you are probably correct in saying that a Winter day in Aberdeen starts at 11.00am  Sad

This shot:

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Was taken just after mid-day I think. Hard to really tell but the Sun is just about setting at this time of the day in December.............but I love them.

Now with the new Canon 75-300mm USM IS lens that I got yesterday, hopefully, along with woolly gloves, this will prevent my camera shake.

A bit off topic but a few years ago when it was -15 deg c, after getting a few shots I had to break the icicles off the dog's beard  Smile

He wasn't too happy about that.

Cheers

Gary


User currently offlinePlaneboy From India, joined May 2005, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1866 times:

I live for the spring and fall. Winter is mostly nice but the hot, humid days of July and August are killin' me !!

User currently offlineMightyFalcon From Oman, joined Jun 2001, 384 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1858 times:

As most of you, I’d say winter is the best time: Spotless blue sky (although some nice white clouds would add a nice touch to the picture) and an average temperature of 25°C!


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Pretty nice conditions to spend some time around the airport. Colours are much warmer than during the hazy summer when it’s easy to get tricked by the high sun, overexposing your pictures.


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I addition, I don’t feel like staying outside when the temperature is between 40 and 50°C in the shade and you get burned and totally soaked to the skin in 5 minutes.

Regards
MightyFalcon



The sky has no limit...
User currently offlineRindt From Germany, joined May 2000, 930 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Actually, this is probably a REALLY tough question!

Winter's great for the low-angle light, but all it takes is one bloody high-cirrus cloud and you're f*cked for the day of shooting, unless you're after some nice silhouette shots, etc. And with the sun setting here at only 4pm, you miss out on a lot of the great stuff.

Summer's great for the fact that the scheds are generally busier and more interesting, and so long as you shoot in the early morning and late afternoons at aircraft that are parked north/south, I'd say summer's better. Besides, the sun almost never shines here in the winter, and when it does it's damn cold - especially with BRISK winds from the west.

So my answer? I prefer late-summer/early-fall. Sun's already getting much lower, and the sun is up late enough still to shoot most things properly. And at YVR, "high-sun" doesn't really last all that long - September is gorgeous!! Right Joe??!

-Rob




What other people think of you is none of your business!
User currently offlineTappan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1538 posts, RR: 41
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1800 times:

For me the weather gets better (visually) in the Summer....Plus I do not like my hands frozen for taking pics.....Plus, who can argue with those Joe Pries photos from the semi-nude beach  Smile  Smile

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Mark


User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1786 times:

Winter usually gives better light, but I'm glad I have both summer and winter to shoot in...

Staffan


User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1782 times:

Yeah, winter for me too!

Imagine to live in a place where winter is just a slightly milder version of summer and vice versa....

Wietse



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

Damn, Mark, every time I look at your shots I think of how much farther I have to go to graduate from a second-rate photographer rating. Wonderful!

Charles


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