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User currently offlineL1011Fan From United States of America, joined May 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3467 times:

http://www.airliners.net/procphotos/rejphoto.main?filename=SW_737_Bryan_Lemire.jpg

I'm new at uploading photos to A.net and was hoping to get some opinions from the aviation photo 'pros' out there.

This photo was rejected because it was too far away. I certainly respect the opinions of the A.net screeners but I disagree. I thought if I cropped the photo then it would not meet the size requirements set forth by A.net. The quality of the photo is very good and the plane is pretty big. Thoughts???

Thanks in advance for any replies!

[Edited 2003-05-11 17:43:51]

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User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 41
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3436 times:

With all due respect, L1011 fan, this shot is not Airliners.net material. It's too far away and somewhat blurry. Keep trying though.

Alex.



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User currently offlineFUAirliner From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 538 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3431 times:

Bryan,

the plane should fill the frame with at least 80% to be considered to be added to the database, above 90% is even better and standard. Try to get closer to the action, you won't have any troubles meeting the size requirements then either.


Frank
FU Airliner Photography



Frank Unterspann - Hamburg, Germany
User currently offlineL1011Fan From United States of America, joined May 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3413 times:

Alex,

I guess I wasn't specific enough... I realize the picture too far away according to Anet.

How would a photographer (more talented than me) overcome the slight blurriness you describe? I know the focus was dead-on but the plane is moving at roughly 180mph 150' above me. I have a Nikon CoolPix 5-megapixel camera and I'm discovering it is very slow to adjust. Is using a digital camera suggested for objects moving that fast or do the pros use a fast film based camera and scan the photo?

If the latter is suggested, I'm interested in what products that you recommend for scanning film.

[Edited 2003-05-11 18:16:46]

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

Bryan, here's some ideas for improvement:

Your 5MP output is 2560 pixels wide (I also have a 5MP Coolpix as a backup...).
You can easily crop that back to 2048 pixels on shots like this. That will give you still room to resize and frame to get the composition you want/need.

The shot is also not quite in focus. I know it's hard to do with the slow AF sensor on the Coolpix 5000 which is why I usually shoot of 3 shots in quick succession (the most the camera can do before writing memory when shooting in FINE mode). Usually at least one of the 3 will be in focus.

Your exposure is spot on.

I played around a bit with it, take a look (it needs a bit tighter cropping still, but it's an improvement):



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineL1011Fan From United States of America, joined May 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

J.T.

That does look better...Thank you.

Regarding the CoolPix, you're right, the AF sensor drives me up the wall. I admit I am a novice and I am most likely doing something wrong because I cannot figure out how to take three shots together quickly. I took this shot in fine mode and the plane was too far away (even for the zoom lens) by the time I could take another shot. I find that if I try to zoom while an object is moving, the focus cannot keep up.


User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

Bryan,

I see you are new to a.net, but also live in Nashua! I'm a freshman at Daniel Webster College; we often go to MHT on spotting trips. We're just about finished our year here but in the fall maybe we could get together and go up there. Keep trying to get those pictures on. Where were you standing near the end of 17?

Nick


User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3397 times:

Oh and what kind of camera are you using?

Nick


User currently offlineL1011Fan From United States of America, joined May 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3392 times:

Nick,

I have Nikon CoolPix 5 megapix camera that I used for this shot. I don't recall the exact model though.
There is a small viewing area at MHT on the north end of the runway, off of Perimeter road. It's a parking lot actually. I prefer to go on the south end of the runway and shoot through the fence.

I've sent you an email using the A.net link to your email address.

Thanks!


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3376 times:

If it's a 5MP Coolpix it's either a CP5000 or a CP5700. The 5700 is the newer and more expensive model, which features 5x digital zoom instead of the 3x of the 5000.

Bryan, check your camera.
There are firmware updates available for both of them:
http://www.nikon-euro.com/nikoneuro2/download/Download_126.htm for the 5000.
http://www.nikon-euro.com/nikoneuro2/download/Download_132.htm for the 5700.

In both cases check the readme first! It will tell you how to determine the current firmware version and how to upgrade.
The upgrade for the 5000 enables a function to defer LCD updates while you press the shutter. This makes it a lot faster and you will be able to shoot 3 frames in succession (with the 1.6 firmware most 5000s now ship with that might be hard).
Upgrading is easy, but do follow the instructions exactly because you can ruin the camera if you do it wrong (Nikon can fix it or do it for you, but will likely charge for that).

http://www.nikon-euro.com/nikoneuro2/download/Download_112i.htm contains a newer version of the Nikon software to download images from the camera. Version shipping with the cameras is now 5.1.x, here you can get 6.0.1.



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