In exactly two months I'll commence a one week UK/Ireland spotting trip together with Turbotrent and Sabena 690. During this one week event, we'll be making some ten flights.
Now, during those flights (well, during my stay on board of the planes) I'd love to make some very nice cockpit shots. But, since I haven't tried those kind of shots with my D60 yet, I've been experimenting a bit here at home with more or less the same light conditions (outside light vs. less indoor light).
I'd like to hear some of the techniques used by you guys (and girls...) to achive good results. I like those cockpit shots where you can still clearly see the outside (left picture), instead of one big white spot (i.e. overexposure) (right picture):
Photo © Paul Stienstra
Photo © Michael Carter
How can I get the same results? Meter the light through the windshield, lock it, focus on the instruments and use flash? Or can I still get quite decent results without using flash? I guess the best way to achieve a big white window is just meter the light inside and press the shutter release button?
Another question: can I use my onboard flash with my sigma 17-35mm? I've noticed that from time to time a piece of the lens' shadow appears on the bottom of the picture, due to the big size of this lens. Maybe it would be better to use external flash and hence get myself Canon EX550 Speedlite? (oh boy, and I still have to buy myself an ImageTank and some spare batteries*...
Photo © Jan Mogren
Photo © Chris Markerson
All other hints/tips are welcome (e.g. ISO settings for dusk/dawn shots)! A lot of questions, but I know I can count on you guys!
* URL's of good online stores who ship to Europe are welcome
[Edited 2003-05-12 00:39:06]