Thom@s
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Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 3:15 am

Hi.

Just wondering, is it better to take pictures of aircrafts on final approach like this:

http://www1.airpics.com/avimg/big/15549.jpg

....like this:

http://www1.airpics.com/avimg/big/15548.jpg

....or seen completely from the side, like this:


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I'm asking this question because i wanted to find out if the angle on final approach makes a big deal when uploaded to airliners.net. (In other words a pic won't get added because of the angle.)

Should I rather take pictures like the last example to have a better chance of getting them added?

Just curious

Thom@s
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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 3:24 am

In my opinion, you should take pictures in the way YOU like. If you're taking pictures to satisfy other people likes I'm afraid you're loosing something.

Luis
 
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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 3:25 am

Thom@s,
I would go with either the first of the last kind...the front 3/4 angle looks awesome..i just love it...check out some of Colin K. Work's new approach shots...absolutely incredible!!! fantastic work Colin!  Big thumbs up


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i personally prefer the front 3/4 angle over the side-on approach shot...but it also depends on the scenery..i like a side-on approach shot with some nice scenery...wish i could find a good example...same with takeoff shots...

jonathan d.
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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 3:27 am

Thom@s,
I agree with Luis...you should take the pictures you want...and according to your own tastes and desires...the pictures above and my comments are just tailored to my tastes...no pressure on you to take those kinds of pics though...

jonathan d.
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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 3:29 am

Johan has made it clear in the past that he does not particularly like the rear 3/4 view. I would keep to front quarter or side views unless there is a particular reason to show the rear quarter.

Charles
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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 4:41 am

I agree with Luis and Johnathan, i'd hate to just take pictures of aircraft side on as they approach, so every time i go to the airport i try something completely stupid and different, in terrible conditions and with the camera settings all wrong, just in the off chance something my click and it will come out as a great picture.

If you have a decent camera like a Canon D30, Nikon D1X or Fuji S1 then you can do this on a regular basis.

I think this would be really cool to try (looking for somewhere that do rentals  Smile Big grin :P

I have seen some websites that do 35mm SLR rentals, but not digital  Sad

Regards

Dan
 
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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 7:16 am

Thanks for the mention Jonathan! As far as I'm concerned, both types of shots have validity. In fact in the examples shown, these were taken at 400mm as the aircraft came towards me - once I got that shot I switched cameras and took a standard profile. After processing the films, almost without exception I found the 3/4 approach much more interesting, so in most cases chose to upload those instead of the profile. Personally, I get a real buzz as the approaching aircraft looms ever larger in the viewfinder, and I hope the final results convey a little of that excitement.

Cheers,

Colin
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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 12:53 pm

Hi all,

I was interested in Charles Falk's comments about 3/4 rear shots.

Some airliners - such as the widebodied TriJets are rather beautiful from the 3/4 rear! There are also many instances when liveries are better appreciated from this angle.

Two recent examples of 3/4 rear shots I have uploaded to Airliners.net include:

Biman Bangladesh Airlines DC-10-30 in Canadian hybrid livery


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Euro Atlantic Airways L-1011-500 CS-TEB


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and British Airways B747-436 with DREAMFLIGHT titles


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Thom@s
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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 6:06 pm

Thanks for all the replies.

Those shots by colin there is something I can only dream of copying, besides I only have a 100mm lense.

Anyway, I noticed how the pics I added in my first post here were with white background, compared to colins with blue. It's obvious that weather plays an important role in shots like these.

So, I shouldn't start taking just sideways pictures then, but if I do like you EGGD and try to be creative, it turns out a mess, and nothing gets added anyway.  Smile

I will stop taking the 3/4 shots, though I though they looked fine.  Smile

But, I noticed how easy it is to end up "underneath" the aircraft when trying to get close enough, and I suppose pics taken underneath planes is of no intrest to a.net.

Hmmmm, I've got some planning to do before I go spotting again. Better cook up a nice strategy.  Smile

Thanks again everyone.  Big thumbs up

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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 8:28 pm

Having some background is nice, as it adds location (and indication of the altitude).

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also adds a sense of speed when panning.
These shots have the aircraft over the runway seconds before touchdown.
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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 9:08 pm

Nice shot on the Iberia, J.T., you remember what speed you used?

Charles
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Thom@s
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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 9:13 pm

I find panning difficult. Sure I manage to make the background look blurry, but the aircraft doesn't look much better.  Smile

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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 10:19 pm

Whoa... just wanted to say, that IB shot is great!!!


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that is bad ass!



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RE: Final Approach Pictures

Mon Nov 12, 2001 10:24 pm

Thanks. One of my favourites as well (and cost enough film to get right  Wink/being sarcastic )  Big thumbs up
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