maiznblu_757
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High Noon Photographs...

Tue May 25, 2004 12:55 pm

Does anyone have any luck getting good photos with the sun high in the sky? Everytime I shoot during this condition, my photos have a strange color to them. Obviously, its best to shoot with the sun directly to your back, but, I am curious to here your thoughts.

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je89_w
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Tue May 25, 2004 1:29 pm

Yeah, I also tend to get a strange color balance to my photos, which can be quite tricky to correct. Also with that type of "pancake light", the contrast level is a bit skewed (I tend to get a lot of dark shadows under the plane).
 
N317AS
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Tue May 25, 2004 1:31 pm

We never see sun in Seattle Big grin, so I guess I'll be no help.
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Bronko
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Tue May 25, 2004 3:11 pm

Turn the contrast down in camera, and set the exposure compensation down -1. Also use a lens hood and shoot RAW for further tweakage ability.

Works great for me, even on unpainted Boeing's.
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fireguy274
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 1:27 am

I use the lens hood, shoot in raw and I set the metering to spot metering....Artie
 
mikephotos
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 1:44 am

Unless it's a rare aircraft that you'll probably never see again, best advice for high-noon shooting is....not shooting. For common items why bother? Lower parts of the fuselage are dark, tops are blown. Sure you can get shots accepted here with DSLRS and high-noon shooting but they are just horrible to look at.

Michael
 
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 1:44 am

Fireguy274 - spot metering, I think that is the trick. I used 3D-Matrix (I use a Nikon F80) and the fuselages came out overexposed and indeed I had rejections for badcolor.

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maiznblu_757
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 3:39 am

Thanks Bronko,
Ill try that.
 
fireguy274
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 3:53 am

Mikephotos why dont you pick out which of my pics were taken at high noon Mike....I think youd be surprised...Artie
 
mikephotos
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 4:01 am


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Here's one that's either high-noon or slight back-lit. Either way, I would avoid shooting in those conditions/times. Yes, the photo is sharp, composed nicely, and acceptable but it just does nothing for me lighting wise. Please don't take that the wrong way, I was not pointing fingers at anyone in particular or accusing you directly.

Mike
 
TS
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 4:03 am

I don't even bother to shoot around noon. I really don't like the light. Still, there are some weeks in December & January when you can shoot all day in nice light.

Thomas
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mikephotos
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 4:08 am

Thomas,

Here in NY high-sun is only a factor during late spring & summer. Fall and Winter high-sun is not a factor and you can shoot from 8am til it starts turning yellow (3pm or so). During the mid-summer, I will only shoot early morning until 930am-10am and then 4pm on.

Mike
 
fireguy274
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 4:26 am

I see your point Mike. In Boston where they land on several different runways depending on the wind perfect conditions are not all the frequent, Not to mention most of the internationals come in between noon and three. I love late afternoon light myself but 9 times out of ten they seem to be using the wrong runway....Artie Good eye by the way photo was taken at 12:14:06...lol

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mikephotos
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 4:31 am

Hey Artie, no one said this stuff was easy  Smile I know what you mean. It seems when you're going out to shoot they never use the runways you want or prefer for the certain time of day.

Mike
 
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 5:00 am

Artie,

You can set your watch....Swiss is always on time!

Vasco
 
fireguy274
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 5:43 am

Yes they are Vasco..lol
 
maiznblu_757
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 6:40 am

Would Auto White Balance have an effect on the way the photos turn out when the sun is high?


What is the easiest way to set your Auto White Balance? Is it as simple as taking a photo and setting it based on that photo or should I take a full frame photo of a white piece of paper before I begin shooting?
 
2912n
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 7:23 am

Auto white is just that...auto.

You can do cutom WB by shooting a white card and using that data. I believe you are better off using either auto or daylight settings.
 
maiznblu_757
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RE: High Noon Photographs...

Wed May 26, 2004 9:12 am

Thanks, I guess that didnt make much sense.

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