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Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Thu Jul 24, 2003 11:51 pm

How would you define a 'top-quality' photograph? What must it have and what must it not have, in terms of shade, clutter, lightening, etc? In your opinion, can action photographs be equally as good as non-cluttered, minimal shade ramp shots?
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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Fri Jul 25, 2003 3:22 am

The term top-quality is subjective.

For me it would be a slightly forward side-on shot with a early AM early evening sun at about a 45 degree angle.
 
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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Fri Jul 25, 2003 4:13 am

Agreed, very subjective. But, if you're looking for ideas, I'll toss mine out there.

Assuming the aircraft is sharply focused and the overall image is level (which should be on everyone's list)...

* full frame
* registration visible
* all titles fully visible, not clipped off by a wing, etc (which by default sometimes means the full-profile shot is not good)
* cloudless blue sky
* fully lit by sun, with sunlight on the nose wheel door (where applicable)
* no ground equip, vehicles, or people, all doors shut
* no foreground or background clutter
* less than 130mm zoom

That is an A+ shot in my collection. If one of those factors isn't met, it gets an A. More than two factors not met, and it's a record shot.

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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Fri Jul 25, 2003 4:20 am

Its like the judge who defined porn vs art: You know what it is when you see it.
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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Fri Jul 25, 2003 6:03 am

My definition of a "top quality" photograph.

Simple.....

One that has generated MORE than $ 5,000.oo in sales.

Now how can you argue with that.

Steve

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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Fri Jul 25, 2003 6:04 am

In my opinion "TOP-QUALITY" is relative.... Everyone likes other styles and angels... I think you should ask:

Wich photographer is shooting "top-quality" only  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I know there are countless outa here... and I don't want to use names.... but I really love every picture from a Portogeese.... He's shooting pics at Faro....  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Fri Jul 25, 2003 6:29 am

Sorry for hijacking (and modifying) your list Terry Big grin

* Kodachrome 25 or 64
* full frame (no leeway for actionshots)
* registration visible
* all titles fully visible, not clipped off by a wing, etc (which by default sometimes means the full-profile shot is not good)
* Clear sky (can also be with clouds)
* Low sun, depends on the seasons....
* no ground equip, vehicles, or people, all doors shut
* no foreground clutter (some background clutter is acceptable for me)
* 45 till 400mm zoom, 70+ zoom only for actionshots


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Sat Jul 26, 2003 8:53 am

Yeah Tim you know how to do a top quality photo and I am working on this vigorously. Love these Tim:

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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Sat Jul 26, 2003 9:35 am

Well, seems that we have different people, different tastes.

For me, the typical "collection" side shot at 50mm is rather boring and sterile...

A shot which captures my attention is for example a closeup of a landing or departing aircraft, perfectly sharp, well lit, that gives a feeling of speed, power and movement. Preferably a turboprop aircraft where you can see the props spin. Nature effects can add a lot of atmosphere to this kind of shots, setting the scene with a great sunset or -rise, some interesting cloud buildups etc.

So sorry, full-frame side shots have no chance with me  Big grin

Cheers,

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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:31 am

If I had the choice between a 50mm ramp shot and a 100mm action shot (both meeting Terry's and Tim's criterias) I would choose the action shot.

A few additions to Tim's (already modified) list:
  • nice background (preferably green, i. e. grass or trees)
  • shot is taken from ground level
  • no reflections on the fuselage from the sun
  • a few puffy clouds, but a majority of deep blue sky (no haze)


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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:37 am

no reflections on the fuselage from the sun
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Yes, very important, but sometimes also difficult to achieve Big grin
I'm wondering what is more important, get perfect sideshots from the centergear with some reflection or do a 3/4 front without reflection?? Mike, Joe, Unique?

Thanks for the plug Stephen Smile

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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Sun Jul 27, 2003 5:31 am

With 3/4 it's more easy to hide the registration, which is most important on 50mm side shots. I prefer a perfectly center photo even with some reflection. Ofcourse I don't want a reflection crossing all the fuselage from left to right.

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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Sun Jul 27, 2003 5:39 am

really depends on the glare/reflection- never shoot slightly rear unless thats the only way to get the registration, othewise always dead center with the mains or a bit front. 3/4 front is no good- only to be used in places like at AMS where they park 747s up to the wall and you have no choice- if its something rare shoot it otherwise pass on it.

ofcourse there are always exceptions to every rule- take the below airplane for example- rare rare rare- so even terrace shot, fuji, whatever, there will be great interest from collectors..

http://www.auctiontransportation.com/item.cgi?show_item=0000015864

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RE: Define A 'top-quality' Photograph

Sun Jul 27, 2003 5:55 am

Man, if only that China 332 was Kodachrome  Love

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