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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19227 posts, RR: 52
Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1678 times:

How would you define a 'top-quality' photograph? What must it have and what must it not have, in terms of shade, clutter, lightening, etc? In your opinion, can action photographs be equally as good as non-cluttered, minimal shade ramp shots?


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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9633 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1567 times:
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The term top-quality is subjective.

For me it would be a slightly forward side-on shot with a early AM early evening sun at about a 45 degree angle.


User currently offlineBenyhone From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 206 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1552 times:

Agreed, very subjective. But, if you're looking for ideas, I'll toss mine out there.

Assuming the aircraft is sharply focused and the overall image is level (which should be on everyone's list)...

* full frame
* registration visible
* all titles fully visible, not clipped off by a wing, etc (which by default sometimes means the full-profile shot is not good)
* cloudless blue sky
* fully lit by sun, with sunlight on the nose wheel door (where applicable)
* no ground equip, vehicles, or people, all doors shut
* no foreground or background clutter
* less than 130mm zoom

That is an A+ shot in my collection. If one of those factors isn't met, it gets an A. More than two factors not met, and it's a record shot.

Terry
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User currently offlineBronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1544 times:

Its like the judge who defined porn vs art: You know what it is when you see it.


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User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2734 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

My definition of a "top quality" photograph.

Simple.....

One that has generated MORE than $ 5,000.oo in sales.

Now how can you argue with that.

Steve

p.s. And yes, it does happen.


User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

In my opinion "TOP-QUALITY" is relative.... Everyone likes other styles and angels... I think you should ask:

Wich photographer is shooting "top-quality" only  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I know there are countless outa here... and I don't want to use names.... but I really love every picture from a Portogeese.... He's shooting pics at Faro....  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineTimdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1489 times:
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Sorry for hijacking (and modifying) your list Terry Big grin

* Kodachrome 25 or 64
* full frame (no leeway for actionshots)
* registration visible
* all titles fully visible, not clipped off by a wing, etc (which by default sometimes means the full-profile shot is not good)
* Clear sky (can also be with clouds)
* Low sun, depends on the seasons....
* no ground equip, vehicles, or people, all doors shut
* no foreground clutter (some background clutter is acceptable for me)
* 45 till 400mm zoom, 70+ zoom only for actionshots


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Just MY opinion on quality shots (ok, and a few others as well Big grin )

Tim



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User currently offlineLGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

Yeah Tim you know how to do a top quality photo and I am working on this vigorously. Love these Tim:

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User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

Well, seems that we have different people, different tastes.

For me, the typical "collection" side shot at 50mm is rather boring and sterile...

A shot which captures my attention is for example a closeup of a landing or departing aircraft, perfectly sharp, well lit, that gives a feeling of speed, power and movement. Preferably a turboprop aircraft where you can see the props spin. Nature effects can add a lot of atmosphere to this kind of shots, setting the scene with a great sunset or -rise, some interesting cloud buildups etc.

So sorry, full-frame side shots have no chance with me  Big grin

Cheers,

Tom


User currently offlineFUAirliner From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 538 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

If I had the choice between a 50mm ramp shot and a 100mm action shot (both meeting Terry's and Tim's criterias) I would choose the action shot.

A few additions to Tim's (already modified) list:
  • nice background (preferably green, i. e. grass or trees)
  • shot is taken from ground level
  • no reflections on the fuselage from the sun
  • a few puffy clouds, but a majority of deep blue sky (no haze)


Frank



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User currently offlineTimdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1348 times:
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no reflections on the fuselage from the sun
================================================

Yes, very important, but sometimes also difficult to achieve Big grin
I'm wondering what is more important, get perfect sideshots from the centergear with some reflection or do a 3/4 front without reflection?? Mike, Joe, Unique?

Thanks for the plug Stephen Smile

Tim



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User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1313 times:

With 3/4 it's more easy to hide the registration, which is most important on 50mm side shots. I prefer a perfectly center photo even with some reflection. Ofcourse I don't want a reflection crossing all the fuselage from left to right.

Luis


User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1308 times:

really depends on the glare/reflection- never shoot slightly rear unless thats the only way to get the registration, othewise always dead center with the mains or a bit front. 3/4 front is no good- only to be used in places like at AMS where they park 747s up to the wall and you have no choice- if its something rare shoot it otherwise pass on it.

ofcourse there are always exceptions to every rule- take the below airplane for example- rare rare rare- so even terrace shot, fuji, whatever, there will be great interest from collectors..

http://www.auctiontransportation.com/item.cgi?show_item=0000015864

Joe A.T. TEAM


User currently offlineTimdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1310 times:
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Man, if only that China 332 was Kodachrome  Love

Tim



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