withak
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First Proper Go At Av Photography

Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:40 am

Hello everyone,

Today I had my first proper go at aviation photography (I had previously only used a crappy P&S and an even crappier old SRL as I passed by the airport.) Here are a few of the pics I tool which I have also quickly edited. Now, I'm not asking "will these be accepted" because I know that they will not. All I want to do is share my first experiences in aviation photography with the anet community and if I'm lucky pick up a few tips. I hope you all enjoy my photos and maybe even reminisce about your own early aviation photography experiences.
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w8/WithaK_01/A36_002_1.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w8/WithaK_01/A36_002.jpg
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http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w8/WithaK_01/VH_SCE_711.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w8/WithaK_01/VH_VXO_1.jpg
A couple of QANTAS usual suspects.
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w8/WithaK_01/VH_EBE_711_1.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w8/WithaK_01/VH_EBE_711_2.jpg
My highlight of the day. There is just something about the A330 and the JetStar livery that puts a smile on my face and I was over the moon when one turned up..
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w8/WithaK_01/ZK_SUI_711.jpg
Runner up for highlight of the day.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my initial fore into aviation photography.

WithaK
 
flyboyseven
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RE: First Proper Go At Av Photography

Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:24 am

I really like the last two, especialy the 747. It is neat to have it perfectly sid on rather than slightly ahead or behind the wing. The first couple are backlit. The first time I went to the airport I was taking photos all day. Got home and thought DURRRR...

Anyways great start, I hope to see some online soon.

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RE: First Proper Go At Av Photography

Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:46 am

Quoting Flyboyseven (Reply 1):
I really like the last two

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Great job! The first time I went out I just pointed and shot...

If there is any good advice that I've gotten from those who have helped me get my feet wet, it is that the best pics are the ones that are well-lit. Chase the sun, you'll never go wrong!

Regards,
Brandon
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Lexy
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RE: First Proper Go At Av Photography

Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:44 pm

Quoting GuamVICE (Reply 2):
Great job! The first time I went out I just pointed and shot...

If there is any good advice that I've gotten from those who have helped me get my feet wet, it is that the best pics are the ones that are well-lit. Chase the sun, you'll never go wrong!

This is my story too! Great shots. I have only been shooting for a little over a year now. A few of my pics have made their way onto ANet though.
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WestJetYQQ
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RE: First Proper Go At Av Photography

Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:16 pm

The Qantas 737 is by far my favourite. Some great shots. Good luck with them! Big grin
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hangarrat
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RE: First Proper Go At Av Photography

Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:04 pm

I'd say the first thing I ever learned about photography after my dad bought me a $20 110 camera still holds true: Put the sun to your back.

That's not to say that you can't take good pictures that are backlit. It just takes more manipulation.

As a lapsed photographer who is looking to get into serious (read: non-point-and-shoot) digital photography, I'm curious about your rig. What body? What lenses?
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withak
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RE: First Proper Go At Av Photography

Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:19 am

Quoting HangarRat (Reply 5):
As a lapsed photographer who is looking to get into serious (read: non-point-and-shoot) digital photography, I'm curious about your rig. What body? What lenses?

Canon 400D and a EF-S 17-85mm lens. I'm only just starting out so hopefully there will be some longer lenses in the not too distant future. Good luck with getting back into it.

Quoting Flyboyseven (Reply 1):
I really like the last two, especialy the 747.



Quoting GuamVICE (Reply 2):



Quoting WestJetYQQ (Reply 4):
The Qantas 737 is by far my favorite.

Thanks alot for the advice and encouragement.

I was actually a little disappointed with the photos I could get. As the planes were appraching they were punching through clouds just like alot of the Steve Morris photos which was actually very rewarding just to see. There was also condensation over the wings showing up a lot of the lift distribution. Only problem was that it was severely backlit and I didn't have a long enough lens. I guess I'll have to hope for better luck next time. Maybe the sun and wind will conspire in my favour.  Big grin

WithaK
 
hangarrat
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RE: First Proper Go At Av Photography

Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:13 am

Quoting WithaK (Reply 6):
I didn't have a long enough lens.

Seems like you want a 200 mm at least for long range work. I'm looking at some Nikon gear, with a 55-200 as my first choice for a lens.
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withak
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RE: First Proper Go At Av Photography

Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:41 am

Quoting HangarRat (Reply 7):
Seems like you want a 200 mm at least for long range work. I'm looking at some Nikon gear, with a 55-200 as my first choice for a lens.

A 70-200mm is what I'm looking to get next. I got the 17-85mm because aviation photography wasn't the only thing I wanted the camera for. I guess one advantage the shorter lens will teach me is how to best position myself given its limitations, think more about where do I need to be.

WithaK
 
hangarrat
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RE: First Proper Go At Av Photography

Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:45 pm

I posted this question in another thread, but no one's bitten so far:

If I use my old F-mount manual Nikkor lenses with the D80, will I have any metering functions? I'm told that ttl will still work on the manual setting.
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RE: First Proper Go At Av Photography

Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:10 pm

Quoting HangarRat (Reply 9):
If I use my old F-mount manual Nikkor lenses with the D80, will I have any metering functions? I'm told that ttl will still work on the manual setting.

HangerRat,
As you have likely noticed only a relatively small percentage of the membership post on this forum, only a small percentage of the contributing photographers as well.
The number of Nikon shooters makes up an even a smaller number of those and the likelyhood any of those have attempted what you ask is quite slim.
You will get more and likely more comprehensive answers if you ask the question at one(or more) Nikon photo forums.
E.g www.dpreview.com or just google Nikon lens mount.

Now back to the topic, WithaK, if those are your first aircraft photos with that kit your avphoto future looks pretty good, you seem to have a good understanding of the fundamentals and a grasp of the shortcomings of you current photos so keep at it you will get good results soon.

Cheers
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