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Do you reckon any of them are up to a.net standards though? I'm not sure that they are at all really.
No, probably not, but I suspect that that has a lot to do with the camera that you are using. I've got a friend with the same camera as you and it's a great, robust little machine. But as good as the high end point-and-shoot cameras may be these days, the demands of aviation photography are generally just a touch too great for them, which is why the majority of photographers on A.net will use an SLR setup.
By demands I mean the zoom that is required (e.g. when taking photos from outside the airport perimeter) and the resolution and sharp focus needed to capture the detail of an aircraft... sometimes down to the last rivet!
Good point-and-shoots can offer you a lot, but often at the expense of something else. For example, your first shot above (EZY B73G departing at sunrise) is a fantastic composition, but the large amount of zoom needed to fill the frame comes with quite a shortfall in image quality. SLRs are still subject to these limitations sadly, but by no means to the extent of a point-and-shoot camera.
Just as a quick comparison, here's a shot of mine taken from a roughly similar angle and distance from the subject as yours, but notice the difference in quality. The sky is smooth and the subject is crisp, with well balanced colours and contrast along the way.
The camera you have is perhaps best suited to, well, less-demanding situations, for example shots from a viewing terrace, where aircraft on the apron may be a lot closer to your camera, and your camera's therefore not stretched too much. Although your camera has 10x optical zoom (380mm zoom in SLR talk - a very decent figure), the lens goes from here all the way down to the equivelant of 38mm. Now a general rule of thumb is that the top end zoom of a lens should be no more than 3 or 4 times the lower end zoom. I don't know much about lens design, but I'm told that any more than that and compromises have to be made in the lens' quality on order to reach from one end of the scale to the other. For that reason, in my set up I use a 18-70mm lens, and then a 70-300mm lens. Between them, they have most bases covered from wide angle to high zoom, with little let up in quality along the way.
An SLR set up (whether it's digital or film) is not a cheap luxury to be able to enjoy, but it goes a long way beyond point-and-shoot cameras in getting you the image quality required for most aviation photography... and A.net!
Of course, 'editing' and 'touching up' digital images ready for publishing is a whole different can of worms, but from your shots above, you definately have a good eye for aviation photography, and your editing skills are well on the way. Others may disagree with me on this, but at the moment I reckon it's your equipment which is the biggest obstacle at the moment.
Many thanks for the BRS
info, that's brilliant thank you. Will have to see when I can get down that-a-way
All the best with the photos,
Airliner Images @ www.adamrowden.co.uk