One of my main aviation photo interests is taking shots of aircraft around terminals. The idea is that not only do I get the plane, but I get it at this particular airport. Primarily I do this at my hometown of Rochester, NY which I am trying to get more represented at the site. I also shoot panorama shots of airport terminals from ground and air.
How do y'all get around the various frustrations of terminal shots? Last week I did two shooting sessions while home visiting. I have a Pentax autofocus 105mm zoom, 35mm film camera. I use Kodak 400MAX or 100 film, depending upon likely conditions.
The times of day when ROC has lots of planes are times of harsh light when sunny--morning and evening rush. The terminal windows are dirtier than my car is after salt splashes on it after a snowstorm. But surprisingly that hasn't been a big problem.
Unfortunately the airport layout, and the 105mm limit of my camera's zoom capabilities, require that I get inside the terminal for many of the best shots. I'd try to get ramp access. But the second floor gives much better composition and angles out the window.
Some of the pictures were very grainy in bright light, which created harsh shadows. I'd have washed-out lettering on the JetBlue fuselage and then the engine would be inked out in shadow. The camera is autofocus. Is there any way around this problem?
I've tried shooting in cloudy weather. The high high kind of overcast cover slathers the world gray and washes out color; one pic has been rejected a couple times despite PhotoShop tinkering. One can't compensate, I've found, for color that isn't there to begin with (unless it's a small patch).
And most infuriating of all, the terminal's beautiful, wall-to-wall windows creates a lot of reflection problems, which limits my shooting spots.
Anyway, any guidance y'all can offer would be much appreciated. I enjoy your work very much and am pleased to partake in airliners.net.