dcrusafon
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Airport Pictures During Flight

Wed Sep 22, 2004 7:36 pm

Hi!

I would like to know if there is any trick in order to make picture to an airport from the airplane during a flight.

Yesterday, I tried to make a picture at 25000 feets an no chance again...a disaster I think: not to many quality...

That happend to me from windows of the cabin and also from the cockpit  Sad

Thanks for your help!

DARIO

 
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RE: Airport Pictures During Flight

Wed Sep 22, 2004 9:26 pm

I would think that 25,000 feet is a bit high for a good airport overview, unless you have a large telephoto lens, which is probably hard to use in a passenger cabin. Try to catch airports while you're on approach or departure.

On my way back to Chicago, I captured this photo of a very busy Midway airport. We were well into the descent into ORD when I took this photo:

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RE: Airport Pictures During Flight

Wed Sep 22, 2004 9:39 pm

I got a VIE photo from around 33,000 ft en route to BUD..... I just have an Olympus C-720 and the approx. equivalent to 320mm was enough... cropped it and it turned out well!


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RE: Airport Pictures During Flight

Wed Sep 22, 2004 10:36 pm

I took this while we were on approach into Eagle County up in the Rockies. We went right past Denver and I just had to use my 28-135 lens. I then went to my zoom and it just wasn't able to focus on anything close from that height. Hope this helps.


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RE: Airport Pictures During Flight

Wed Sep 22, 2004 10:55 pm

Tricks ? Not really, it's basically up to how hazy the weather is and if you are lucky enough to be able to pick up the camera, switch it on, focus and shoot before it's too late. I have had close calls a few times, managed to get a "a.net worthy" pic once. But it was more luck than talent. Farnborough in August, I did not even recognize the airport, got help from the guys in the forum. And of course, I have found that post processing is even more important and difficult in shots like these than regular side shots at an airport.


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RE: Airport Pictures During Flight

Wed Sep 22, 2004 11:30 pm

I have uploaded several but even with self-screening, they get rejected a lot. Getting the file sizes below 1mb and retaining quality. I now use an Olympus C750 with the 10x optical zoom.

My close-ups of Colorado Springs (KCOS) were too soft or blury to submit. An overview of the airport, the town of Colorado Springs, and Pikes Peak was the better selection.

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Sometimes you get a suprise. I expected this picture of the CDG terminal to be too hazy when I took it. Adjusting levels in photoshop made it an acceptable picture. My images of the whole airport lacked the quality.

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As said before, you can't beat being closer to the subject in climbs or descents.

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I like taking airport views since I have an interest I was a geography student in college. One of my projects was tracking the airport growth with the surrounding area.

Good Luck with your photography,
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RE: Airport Pictures During Flight

Thu Sep 23, 2004 1:04 am

I think it's mostly a matter of being ready when the opportunity presents itself. If you have to scramble around into your bag to grab your camera when you see a shot, by then it's too late. Be prepared and you can catch some good stuff.

Here's one I caught of Toronto's (YYZ) runway intersection while taking off from a parallel runway.

Good luck.
Steve

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RE: Airport Pictures During Flight

Thu Sep 23, 2004 9:21 am

I think the easiest way to take airport overviews is in descent or ascent. Up at the higher altitudes there are more particles in the air which typically makes the picture turn out hazy. I took this picture on decent to MSP on a HP 757 PHX-MSP. Hope this helps.


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RE: Airport Pictures During Flight

Thu Sep 23, 2004 3:45 pm

When i flew SVQ-LHR in May 03 we passed MAD to our right. I guess by that time we would've been at least 25,000....if not already at FL330 where we cruised. My camera at the time was only about a 100mm equivalent, but i got this shot:


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dcrusafon
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RE: Airport Pictures During Flight

Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:10 pm

I do have some shoots in descent/ascent which are nice but...from high levels...

I think after your comments also depends on weather conditions.

I do have a D70 with a 70-300 lens but no way to do it from high flight levels...

DARIO
 
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RE: Airport Pictures During Flight

Thu Sep 23, 2004 8:58 pm

Just try again and again, and wait for good conditions... sun behind you, good visibility ( i.e. very few heat / haze ), etc...

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