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British Airways 777 At YYC - Pics

Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:01 pm

Hi,

I wanted to try out the new camera I bought yesterday (Nikon D50), so I went to the airport around 5pm today. I managed to snap some shots of the BA777, but they didn't turn out so good.

I barely found out how to turn on the camera ... It'll take a while until I learn it.

Anyway, here are two pics of it arriving on time today, landing on runway 16.

Once I learn how to use the D50, I will surely take better photos.

Cheers,

Vio


http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/9452/dsc0085ke9.jpg


http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/9271/dsc0091sr1.jpg


EDIT:

I should add for those of you who don't know this, but British Airways just introduced service to Calgary from London Heathrow. Their first flight was on Friday December 1 2006. LHR-YYC leg is flight #103...

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Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:02 pm

The first pic looks like taken from Flight SIM  Wink
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Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:08 pm

Nice shots, Vio  checkmark 

Don't worry about the quality, they'll be that much better when the sun's up...
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Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:35 pm

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
Don't worry about the quality, they'll be that much better when the sun's up...

Thanks KFLLCFII. The weather was horrible. Windy, cold, dark... Maybe this weekend I'll take some better photos... all with time  Smile
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Thu Dec 07, 2006 9:34 pm

I would say the biggest problem is the low light. If you're using one of the stock lenses that you can get packaged with the D50 (I'm guessing you got the stock telephoto? 70-200mm iirc?), the lens won't be fast enough to capture a sharp well-lit photo. If you get the exposure correct, the aircraft will be blurred due to its motion. There are a few solutions. You can buy a faster lens, which could run you another $1000 or more, and would likely still have a bit of a problem, though less pronounced. You can work on panning, which is an cool effect any time of day, but is unreliable and requires a lot of skill, and will likely still include some blur on the a/c anyway. Or, you can just take photos during the day, which is what most people do. Also, if you're going to take photos in low light, a tripod is essential.

All that said, I kind of like the photo. It unusual to see photos taken at this time of day, and the a/c looks quite different at night with the landing lights and tail illuminated. Good luck with your endeavors. One other questions, is this mainly aviation photography you're interested in, or photography in general?
 
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Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:45 pm

Hi Jamincan,

Actually this is what I have:

Nikon D50
Nikkor AF 70-300mm f45-5.6D lens


Quoting Jamincan (Reply 4):
One other questions, is this mainly aviation photography you're interested in, or photography in general?

I'm just starting out. It'll be mostly aviation photography, but I also love nature and city landscapes. I travel a lot so I hope to make explore that road as well. I'm going to take some digital photography courses in January, but until then, I have to learn on my own a bit. This is all new to me.
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:49 am

Quoting Jimyvr (Reply 1):
The first pic looks like taken from Flight SIM

The second one too!!! he he...nah....thanks for the pics...
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 3:18 am

Quoting Bongo (Reply 6):
The second one too!!! he he...nah....thanks for the pics...

LOL... Must be the lighting, or lack of it. During the winter months, Calgary gets dark pretty early. That was 4:55pm  Sad
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 5:52 am

Finally, some pics of the new YYC service. Thank you!!

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Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:44 am

Quoting Vio (Reply 5):
Nikon D50
Nikkor AF 70-300mm f45-5.6D lens

Are you sure? I pulled my camera out (I bought mine with the two stock lenses), and the telephoto that would normally come with the camera is a Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1.4-5.6G ED telephoto (roughly equivalent to an 85-300mm lens on a 35mm camera). Although, it would make sense if you bought a more powerful lens, being interested in aviation photography and all.

If you're interested in reading up on photography, National Geographic publishes an excellent book on landscape photography that you can get at Chapters. Also, I'd really recommend a book that goes over all the technical aspects of photography (as a basic example, the difference between telephoto and wideangle shots - it's more than just zooming in on the subject), specifically focusing on digital photography (as there are some fundamental differences).
 
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:46 am

Finally some proof of the YYC service! I actually think that first one looks a little like a watercolour painting, the more I look at it the more I like it!
 
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:19 am

Quoting Jamincan (Reply 9):
Are you sure?

I bought the D50 body only, then purchased separatly this lense (I think I mentioned another one further up)...

AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED



Overview
$489.95 (msrp)
(Dealer may sell for less.)

Features
Powerful 4.3x telephoto zoom lens
Compact and lightweight
Rotating zoom ring for precise zoom operation
ED glass for high resolution and high contrast even at maximum aperture
Specifications
Lens construction
13 elements in 9 groups
Closest focusing
1.5m/5 ft.
Filter attachment size
62mm
Hood
HB-15

.... almost $500... not cheap (for me at least):D

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Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:35 am

By the way, BA is offering round trip of CAD498+tax on YYC-LHR route. UK market is GBP523+tax
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:42 am

Quoting Jimyvr (Reply 12):
By the way, BA is offering round trip of CAD498+tax on YYC-LHR route. UK market is GBP523+tax

That's very cheap!!! Damn I wish I knew it when I booked my flight to Finland. Oh well, I'm actually pretty happy, because I get to fly with SAS. I've never flown them, so that should be good. I paid $1024.00 for that flight (YYC-SEA-CPH-HELBig grin ...

... back to BA... They've also taken out ads in the local papers advertising their new service to LHR.
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:52 am

Quoting Vio (Reply 13):
That's very cheap!!! Damn I wish I knew it when I booked my flight to Finland

YYC-HEL on BA in January Q class is CAD858+tax on weekdays....

BA$498+tax fare is use or lose ticket
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 8:19 am

Quoting Jamincan (Reply 9):
Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1.4-5.6G ED telephoto (roughly equivalent to an 85-300mm lens on a 35mm camera).

I don't think you know what you're talking about  Smile

Thanks for the pics Vio.

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Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:27 am

Quoting Fly747 (Reply 15):
I don't think you know what you're talking about  

Oh, and why is that?
 
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:48 am

Quoting Jamincan (Reply 16):
Oh, and why is that?

Simply because a 35 mm camera does not have a crop factor. 55-200mm is still 55-200mm on a 35mm camera. You have it backwards.

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Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:49 pm

Quoting Fly747 (Reply 17):
Simply because a 35 mm camera does not have a crop factor. 55-200mm is still 55-200mm on a 35mm camera. You have it backwards.

OK, I think you misunderstood me. I didn't mean that the 55-200mm lens used with a 35mm camera would effectively be an 80-300mm lens. What I meant is that a 55-200mm lens on a D50 (or any Nikon for that matter) has the same range as an 80-300mm lens on a 35mm camera. (ie. I was stating the effective focal length of the lens on a D50) As the case may be, my lens wouldn't even work on a 35mm camera as it would have severe distortion in the corners since it's only designed for the smaller sensor.
 
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:54 pm

Quoting Jimyvr (Reply 1):

Don't be nasty!
 
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 4:51 pm

NIce pictures Vio, keep up the good work.
Shooting in those lights is unthinkable to my standards  Smile
It is indeed proof that the Speedbird is now serving up YYC.
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Can't wait till the sun pops a bit longer in a few months.

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