Fair enough, I can see the faces of the two guys in the bottom left corner. You know at the time I remember thinking about taking their names and numbers, so that I could thank them for walking into my shot... ahh well! The joys of the public airshow!
Can I apply a little gentle blurring to disguise them or is that not acceptable?
Go on, it's not the greatest shot in the world and life goes on and all that but if there's anyway I can salvage the shot for inclusion then I may as well try.
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Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3786 posts, RR: 24 Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2074 times:
Static displays at airshows are a real pain simply because of the 'people factor'. Indeed they can ruin a really good shot.
Had I taken the photo I would have focused more on the flight deck where the action is. Granted there is a person in the shot but the face is not fully visable, thus it may not have been rejected for the reason stated earlier and the inter-action with the plane itself would have introduced an element of interest. With this shot the composition is just a tad loose. Another possibility would have been to locate an elevated point of view and shot the scene with a wide angle lens resulting in a more dramatic panoramaic image of the ramp, static displays and spectators.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3786 posts, RR: 24 Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2035 times:
IMO, airshows are a 'pill'!
Unless you have access to the pre-show activities, namely 'press days' getting some really unforgettable images is tough to say the least. As mentioned earlier you have to fight the crowds and the occasional spectator walking into the picture just as you pressed the shutter. Most shows take place at mid-day when the light (sun) is overhead providing contrasty and uninteresting light. Some shows are more photographer friendly as the images from Farnbough clearly demostrate, however most are restrictive.
As for getting an elevated wide angle perspective shot, well a cherry picker is not always necessary. Look for anything that gets you above the crowd, ask first of course, but experience has taught me that most of the show security personal have no problems with this.
However I scarcely shoot airshows for the reasons above as well as they pose little interest to me.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1825 times:
"Hey everybody, look over THERE!"
As well as staying early, sometimes well worth staying late (you're just gonna sit in traffic anyway ) Crowds are less, chance of some interesting "unofficial" airfield activity, and more interesting light.
I find the wide angle useful - by getting closer to the aircraft you can get inside the crowd line (and become an obstacle for someone else!).