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How Many Shots Of The Same Plane?  
User currently offlineJFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 15
Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3444 times:
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When you are out photographing planes how many pictures do you snap of it as it comes by. Do you try to get it right the first time or take 5 shots from front to back as it goes by? I guess it varies from plane to plane but what is an average for each? I take from 2-5 shots each time, is this to many or not enough to get the right shot?

Corey


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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3380 times:

Corey,
Good question! For me it is a matter of what plane it is. Here in Denver, we get a non-stop procession of United Airlines stuff. So for them, I may take one or two, or none at all. Quite a few Frontier planes coming by as well, since I like their schemes, and since I don't keep up with what tail is on what plane, I normaly shoot 2 or 3 of them.

I will always shoot the "big guys" 767's and up. When visiting another airport, I try to get as many as I can of what ever.

Always try to get it right the first time!

Jeff


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9603 posts, RR: 69
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3371 times:
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I usually try to get "one in the can" using the upper third of the focal length of whatever lens I am using at that moment. It usually is a "3/4's" type shot. Then I usually bring the lens down to a focal length that fills the frame, and I blast away. This only applies to interesting subjects. If it is something boring and common I won't snap it, unless something makes the shot unusual (weather, background, etc).

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3350 times:

Usually, only 1 or 2 because of the lag whilst the LCD is blank, I can't follow the aircraft or take pictures, so normally one either 3/4 or side on, and then one as the aircraft moves away from me.

Although, when I had an SLR it was more like 6 or 7, 3 or 4 shots of the aircraft in full, then some closeups and then 1 or 2 different angles.

hmm..


User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

I always aim for that perfect shot - full frame with nothing cut off. Worked a few times.

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User currently offlineBenyhone From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 206 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3316 times:

It also depends on whether you're shooting slides or digital....

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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 730 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

I always try and compose and wait for the optimum first shot - if possible I'll then take a few follow up shots as insurance. I find that if I start shooting as the aircraft is approaching my ideal position, more often than not I miss that shot. I think it is quite important to try and pre-visualise the shot you really want and concentrate on that rather than use the scatter gun approach and hope for the best - but always be ready for the unexpected!

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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3312 times:

I also wait until I have the shot composed as I want it and then take the picture. Sometimes I'll leave it at that, and sometimes I'll take a few more frames.

Staffan


User currently offlineAlaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3291 times:

I usually take 2-3 shots of planes on rotations, but that usually on heavies, aircraft like the 737/757 get one, usually.

-Dmitry


User currently offlineSunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

Usually three to four if it's ordinary. If it’s a special scheme or something rare I’ll just hold the trigger from front ¾ to rear ¾… this usually results in anywhere from 10-15 frames (or more sometimes). Film is cheap vs. loosing a shot because of focus problems, camera shake, glare or other unforeseen problems.

Sunil


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3238 times:

For taxiway, landings or otherwise slow-moving or static shots, 1 frame only.

If the lighting is lousy, I might bracket the shot - 3 frames.

On rotations, I might take 3 or 4 shots, if it's a heavy, otherwise 1 frame only. I might also take several shots if I am trying to get a particular effect, like thrust wakes in front of a background which will make them obvious, or condensation over the wings.

And of course if something really rare comes in, I will take up to a dozen shots for future sales, trades, or simply insurance.

Charles


User currently offlineJFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3228 times:
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Thanks so much for the replies. I see that I do the same as most everyone. I just wasn't sure if I was crazy for snapping off 5 or 6 when something good comes by, and only 1 or 2 for something more "regular".

Corey



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

I take 2 shots normally. One as it passes and another from behind. (Mostly to get the reg.)

If it's a slow plane I may take 3-4 pics, but like I said normally no more than 2.


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User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

Normal traffic - two shots (insurance against a bad reflection) normally 3/4 front and side-on.

Interesting planes - 4 shots. 3/4 front, 3/4 front with a tight composition, side-on and 3/4 rear. If landing, I keep it framed until touchdown and take one more if it is a smoker.

Craig.


User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3208 times:

I'll take 4 or 5 shots ... If 1 by chance is out of focus, i always have a back-up ... i check all 4 or 5 and pick the best 2 for upload ...
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Shaun  Smile



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User currently offlineTimdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 65
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3201 times:
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Well, if it's hot, new and on the ramp, 36-72 frames Big grin

For all my actionshots usually between 2 and 7, depending on the subject.

btw, Dmitry: you should really take more of those rotationshots at ANC than 1 or 2, wouldn't be too hard to sell/trade them.

Tim



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User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3193 times:

If the airplane is common like US 757, DL 757, SW New Mexico One or HP Phoenix Suns I'll take 2-3 frames. But if something is interesting I'll take 5-10 shots. I have two winners in this category. 12 frames at once - UPS 767 in Olympic c/s following DL 757 Soaring Spirit 13 frames. Yeap, I had only those two aircrafts landing on one roll  Smile

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User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3192 times:

Hi,

Well, since I have my D60 I try to take as many shots as possible. As simple as that. This doesn't mean that I press the shutter release button and just let it take 8 pictures. No, sometimes I take 3 or 4 when the a/c is coming towards me, and when it's side on I take another 2 or 3, and when the aircraft is about to touch down, maybe another one or two.

When the aircraft is in front of me standing still, I usually try to play with the exposure, to get at least one good result. Bracketing might help.

And, untill a couple of weeks, sometimes I didn't take a shot of an aircraft, e.g. when I've seen it 100 times before. However, now I take at least 1 shot of every aircraft that flies over. You never know if something might happen (let's hope not!). If it does, at least there'll be at least one final picture of the aircraft.

Hope this helps,

Ivan



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User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3155 times:

EGGD, what is your camera?
just curious.
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