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Black & White

Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:26 pm

Yesterday I was out photographing, facing the north-east in the evening. From where I stood, I could see the planes arriving and touching down on RWY 11 (west-southwest). Touchdown was obviously completely backlit, but by the time the planes were slowing down and reversing thrust, they were in front of me under good lighting conditions. I may upload some of those later - when my 5 slots are freed up...  expressionless 

Nevertheless, I made some completely backlit shots, and it turns out they don't even look that bad after some editing turning them black&white.

I understand and accept that this site is rather a database of identifiable planes, with wonderful high-quality detail shots, mainly in colour. So would pics like this be acceptable? If so, any ideas to further improve the quality? Oh, they were shot in Nikon raw format, and then underexposed with -2EV.


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RE: Black & White

Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:29 pm

Too dark in my opinion. Black and white doesn't change that. I'm not a screener but I very much doubt if those would be accepted.

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RE: Black & White

Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:42 am

I agree, far too dark!
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RE: Black & White

Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:13 am

Thanks guys. However, by underexposing the image less (i.e. less dark), you quickly lose detail because it's so backlit... Anyway, it was just a quick try to do something different...

Quality and darkness aside, would this be an acceptable "motive" you think?
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RE: Black & White

Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:54 am

Hi Edoca,

For these shots, no this is not a good motive for Airliners.net, but could make a nice editorial background for, for example, a magazine article. If you had a rich orange-red sunset behind with a dramatic sun sinking below the horizon, yes, this would be much more acceptable here.

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RE: Black & White

Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:07 am

Hi Edoca..

I have submitted a few photo's in b/w onto the database, and only 1 has been accepted.. i have a few in the que now, of the lancaster landing @ WTN.. looks nostalgic..


My other one, and the only one in the database, i was actually suprised it got on, as its a regular sight in the UK, especially at LHR where the shot was taken...

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Good luck with them if you are uploading, but id say your in for a struggle..

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RE: Black & White

Tue Jul 05, 2005 4:43 am

I think B&W best suits classic planes. I have 2 shots in the db taken in black and white , both of DC-3's. Came out quite nicely.

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I've never liked B&W on modern aircraft. Just doesn't look right  Silly . Good luck with your uploads! As mentioned , you will find it tough to get them accepted. Likely outcome : baddark.

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