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User currently offlineDelta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

This picture is awesome!!

Good job, Gary Watt!!

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Photo © Gary Watt



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User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

Yes, good job Gary. How wide was your lens? Right now for me that is one factoring limiting my wow-factor in my shots, lens angle. My widest is only 28 mm.

Hmmmm...



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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1871 times:

That is not a wide angle shot. In fact I'd say that it was taken at around 200mm, maybe more. But the air seems extremely clear. Usually at long range you get a little bit of haze.

Charles


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1800 times:

If the weather was good this is the kind of photo you could take of any aircraft landing on 25R at CLK. You would need a 400-500mm lens.

User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

Here's what I don't understand about Gary's photo. In order to get an object of that size completely within the field of view of the lens, usually that means that it must occupy a smaller amount of the frame. But the fuselage is huge in this United shot compared to the same of mine below.


My shot was taken with a 200 mm zoom, and you can see that I just barely got the whole plane inside the field of view. But to do that, look how small the BA fuselage is compared to Gary's picture previously posted above.

If I would have used say a 400 mm zoom lens, the fuselage would be as big as in Gary's, but I would have only captured about half the plane in the photo. Gary has shot the plane as if he was very close, either by physical proximity or by way of zoom, but he also manages to get almost the entire wingspan and fuselage in as well.

It would seem to me that Gary shot this with a very expensive, wide-angle lens. For sure, this was not your ordinary zoom lens. That's what gives this photo its unusually spectacular appearance. That's why it was selected for discussion. Something about how it looks does not seem to be the product of an ordinary camera with an ordinary zoom lens.

Gary?

Hmmmm...



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User currently offlineERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 680 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1742 times:

I'm not a photographic expert, but I would be inclined to say some "Cropping" might be involved.


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User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

You have to also take the angle that the pic is taken at into account.

User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1723 times:

Does the United 747 look a little "clean" to you? The underside of the wings, flaps, and the slats show no shade, but also no detail. The slats look as if they are computer generated.

Is it just me? It's still a great photo, but something to me looks artificial. Or has it just been sprayed over with an air brush in these areas to "clean" it up?

Hmmmm...




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User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1714 times:

I noticed the aircraft looks a little "dirty" under the body too, but I dont really doubt Gary Watt's work. He does a great job, maybe he has cleaned it up a bit though, which is not bad  

User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1702 times:

Under what I see, He must of gotten close to it..pretty close and zoomed it in with a higher power of lens like 75-300 but not entirely sure..
I could do those with the 75-150 I currently have..But then again... The shot is good and I like it very much.
Bo Kim --(-<==



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1682 times:

Something strange about that fuselage indeed.

Thom@s



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User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1679 times:

Your correct, I never saw that. The underside of the wings and the flaps are not real. Don't know whats been done to it but its not correct. The whole underside of the wings have been coloured grey.

Come to think of it I dont remember seeing that much flap either !!

Maybe Gary can explain whats been done to this photo.


User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

Awesome, make it my Wallpaper!!

Cheers\
mikey
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User currently offlineA student From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

I don't believe it: Everytime someone posts a topic about a picture, someone else will come up and shout "That's fake!"
Does envy of skill never stop?

Has no one here heard of the "Reduce Graininess" feature in Adobe Photoshop - which tends to result in such clean surfaces? And who thinks there's too much flap? That is just ridiculous - next time, better look closely at a landing 747...


User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

In the United photo, the sun seems to be in the 2 o' clock position. But the canoes on the left wing seem to be casting a shadow as if the sun was in the 7 or 8 o'clock position.

Gary?

Hmmmm...




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User currently offlineSXM727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

Wow! Thats a great shot, If you could get it that in the dawn or the evening, it would be probally the best shot ive evr seen

User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1556 times:

The photograph only looks as though it has been cleaned up a little, which is fine.
As far as that large amount of flap, I would say that it may be attributed to the angle.



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User currently offlineQF747-SQ747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

It does look strange indeed.
The bottom is dirty, but the top is clean.
Why does it say "London Aviation Pictures" at the bottom???

QF747-SQ747


User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1500 times:

The flaps and undersides of the wings may look a bit colored. And if you look closely at the underside of the fuselage, it is a reflection of what is on the ground.

Give him some credit guys, it's a very good picture.

How many of you can honestly say that you have never touched up a photograph?


User currently offlineRyaneverest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1488 times:

I've got tons of pictures like that taken at runway 25R of CLK (no special skills involved). So I guess that physical proximity is the main factor to the angle of view.

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

Not an aircraft expert nor photography expert, but is it unusual that the leading edge of the starboard wing is blue, and the port side wing is white or light gray? Just curious.



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User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

Great picture!

I would say taken on the approach to runway 27R where you can get nice and close, with probably a 300mm lens ?

I have some similar pictures so there is nothing trick about the size of the aircraft in the image.

Nice work Gary!

All the best

Paul


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