Jawed
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Fun Applications Of Ultra Zoom Lenses

Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:57 am

This may be a strange question, but what other fun activities (other than aviation) are there for ultra zoom photography (let's say 400mm lens)?

There is, of course, aviation photography at airports and air shows.

If you are into spectator sports, there is that (though for professional events you probably need some sort of license).

There is wild life photography, but you won't be able to do that everywhere, and lugging around a big lens while running after animals might be hard.

People watching? I guess you could go to the beach and zoom in on attractive women, but that's a little too creepy and not that interesting  Wink

Would like to hear other ideas to keep me occupied with my zoom lens!
 
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Sat Jan 26, 2008 3:20 am

Try getting into sports photography. If you set up your own company - you should be able to get in with the others.

But from what I hear, the pro-photographers can be a bit rough. But, they are in it for the money.
 
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Sat Jan 26, 2008 3:22 am

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k210/CanadianFighterPilot/Moon.jpg

Cal  airplane 
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RE: Fun Applications Of Ultra Zoom Lenses

Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:54 am



Quoting Cpd (Reply 1):
But from what I hear, the pro-photographers can be a bit rough. But, they are in it for the money.

I've yet to meet one that I can classify as even remotely easy to approach.

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RE: Fun Applications Of Ultra Zoom Lenses

Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:43 am

Try some wild life...

http://www.martineadie.com/gallery/d...mage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=55

Taken with a 400mm lens. Larger view shows more detail. Just a seagull yes, but you can get some good detail getting in close.
 
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Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:07 pm

Quoting Eadster (Reply 4):
Taken with a 400mm lens. Larger view shows more detail. Just a seagull yes, but you can get some good detail getting in close.

Nice image, I've shot a few of seagulls as well - they don't care about people. I hope to be a able to photograph a quoll one day (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus):

http://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasyurus_maculatus

They are lovely looking animals - but they are about as vicious as an angry tiger.

[Edited 2008-01-26 04:08:03]
 
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RE: Fun Applications Of Ultra Zoom Lenses

Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:22 pm

Not really BIG wildlife, but still fun when there are no planes around....  Smile

http://walter2219.fotopic.net/p21299411.html

http://walter2219.fotopic.net/p22784434.html


or, having a look what some construction workers are doing:

http://walter2219.fotopic.net/p39019526.html

http://walter2219.fotopic.net/p38863405.html

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RE: Fun Applications Of Ultra Zoom Lenses

Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:07 pm

Rally racing's fun to shoot:

http://hallpass.smugmug.com/gallery/409610#16358221-A-LB
http://hallpass.smugmug.com/gallery/409610#16358247-A-LB

It takes a bit of investment in time and travel, but the best part about rally racing is that its free to watch.

Quoting Sluger020889 (Reply 3):
Quoting Cpd (Reply 1):
But from what I hear, the pro-photographers can be a bit rough. But, they are in it for the money.

I've yet to meet one that I can classify as even remotely easy to approach.

If you meet one in a bar, he'll BS with you for hours. If you try to talk to a pro sports photographer from your box seats at an MLB game, he'll probably be dismissive. He's working, concentrating and worrying about making deadline.

A good way to shoot sports is to call up the athletic director or sports information director at your local college and university and see if you can get a field or courtside pass for football or basketball games. Usually, at a Division II or Division III school, they'll be happy to oblige, especially if you offer to pass along any good shots you get.
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RE: Fun Applications Of Ultra Zoom Lenses

Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:21 pm

Some ideas:




:D
Ed

edit too make pics visible.

[Edited 2008-01-26 10:22:02]
 
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Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:46 pm



Quoting HangarRat (Reply 7):
If you meet one in a bar, he'll BS with you for hours. If you try to talk to a pro sports photographer from your box seats at an MLB game, he'll probably be dismissive. He's working, concentrating and worrying about making deadline.

Doesn't this apply for pretty much any job, if you take it seriously?
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RE: Fun Applications Of Ultra Zoom Lenses

Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:43 pm

Wouldn't mind to shoot some winter sports, a bit hard here in the North of Australia though!

Quoting AKE0404AR (Reply 9):
A captain while reading the final check list, will not talk to you at all........

And neither should he. Check lists should never be interrupted. Especially final approach check lists! Some operating procedures come standard with every operator/airline. I know I tell my passengers to be quiet around 15 miles to/from an airport when I'm PIC. They must understand this before we leave the ground.
 
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RE: Fun Applications Of Ultra Zoom Lenses

Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:27 pm



Quoting AKE0404AR (Reply 9):
Doesn't this apply for pretty much any job, if you take it seriously?

Absolutely.

I was just addressing what I saw as an unfair blanket characterization of professional photogs. I know quite a few, and they're actually pretty easygoing. However, they probably don't want to hear about your D40.
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