sleekjet
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Shooting On A Cloudy Day

Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:54 am

What do the pros look for when the conditions are unfavorable? Are there particular types of shots that can salvage a day at the airport? Also, should one automatically to 200 ISO or higher?
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INNflight
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RE: Shooting On A Cloudy Day

Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:57 am

If I shoot on a cloudy day, i still use ISO100, if the light is not too bad...
Around early morning / late afternoon i switch to 200 or 400... it all depends!

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RE: Shooting On A Cloudy Day

Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:59 am

When its cloudy, you often get vortex of the wings which can make interesting shots.
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RE: Shooting On A Cloudy Day

Fri Apr 30, 2004 1:43 am

Yesterday evening the weather was so poor at London Heathrow all i could get was a max speed of 240. No matter what setting i used (my ISO only goes down to 400) so i was screwed. Every picture was blured. Time to give up and went home for a pint of beer.

Sometimes you just have to know when your beaten.

Simon
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RE: Shooting On A Cloudy Day

Fri Apr 30, 2004 2:30 am

Life in Fort Wayne is good - but the weather here can be a bit of a bummer, especially in the winter / early spring. And, to make matters worse, I bought a Digital Rebel in February, right in the heart of the "crummy weather season" here. We affectionately call it Fort Rain during times like this. But I wasn't about to stay home.

I played with panning, and invested in an IS lens so I could get every bit of shutter speed possible. And, even on dreary overcast (and even rainy!) days I've been able to take some halfway decent shots. In my humble opinion, the IS lens saved my butt. Without it, I would have required long exposures, which just aren't possible on aircraft in motion.

Here's a quick look at some of my rotten weather shots:

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Someone told me on here to ALWAYS shoot at ISO 100, which I do. It seems to work well for me. And don't let anyone tell you that you cannot do panning with an IS lens!  Big thumbs up

DREW

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INNflight
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RE: Shooting On A Cloudy Day

Fri Apr 30, 2004 3:09 am

Also, "bad" light and cloudy conditions can produce nice interesting effects:


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RE: Shooting On A Cloudy Day

Fri Apr 30, 2004 3:23 am

Try something like this !

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RE: Shooting On A Cloudy Day

Sun May 02, 2004 5:42 pm

Here's a couple I'm pretty happy with.

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RE: Shooting On A Cloudy Day

Sun May 02, 2004 6:27 pm

The answer in all the excellent examples above is to make a FEATURE of the bad weather.

There seems little or no point (to me) in taking standard side-on approach shots (for example) in poor visibility. Those shots will always lack the sharpness, saturation and depth of a well-lit photo. If it's a common subject which arrives everyday (such a BA A319s at LHR) then I would personally recommend not bothering.

As for the pics above, they make a feature of the bad weather, and they are excellent.

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