aircatalonia
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Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:24 pm

I am not a spotter (I don't have the equipment, unfortunately) but today I decided to head down to BCN to check out the spotter locations around the airport and to see what I could get with my compact CANON IXUS 85 IS.

I think the camera is quite good and I've seen I can get some decent photos, unfortunately at high speeds 1/1500 and high ISOs (1600), the pictures become all blurry. I don't know if this is a limitation of the cam itself or if I am doing something wrong (most likely).

This is what I saw today at the airport:

The park near the threshold of 25R. A great place to "relax" as you can see.




A 747. I don't know the airline. Perhaps someone can help. All blurry as I said:



Jet2:



At this point a Transavia went around and the A320 behind switched to 25L about halfway into the approach. I guess something happened on the runway. Here the Transavia going around:



Dassault Falcon 900EX:



Air Nostrum CRJ-200ER:



Air Europa Boeing 737-85P:



Vueling Airbus A320-214:



Another Air Nostrum CRJ-200ER:



Air France Airbus A320-211:



Alitalia Airbus A319-112:



TAP Airbus A320-214:



KLM 737-800?



Swiss A320



Alitalia A321:



Portugalia - CRJXX? - help needed:



Various:



Lufthansa A321:



Some Plane:



easyJet A319:



Iberia A319:



Iberia A319:



Clickair A320:



Brussels 737-400?



And that's it!

I also saw a PIA plane (A310 I think) I didn't know PIA flew to BCN. Perhaps it was a charter or a diversion.

Regards,
airCatalonia

Comments welcome  Smile

[Edited 2009-04-23 16:30:04]
 
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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:03 am



Quoting AirCatalonia (Thread starter):
and high ISOs (1600),

there is no reason this camera should be set at 1600 ISO for this type of photography.
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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:23 am



Quoting UnattendedBag (Reply 1):
there is no reason this camera should be set at 1600 ISO for this type of photography.

Ok, I think I'll try lower ISOs next time.

The thing is that this camera chooses the shutter speed automatically and I was afraid that if I set a lower ISO I wouldn't be able to "stop" the plane in the air. But probably 400 ISO and speed 1/400 or something like that should still work.
 
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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:04 am

Read the manual - all the information is in there. There's absolutely no reason you shouldn't be able to get A.net-quality images with what you're using.

Even ISO400 is excessive in the conditions under which you've shot - the sun's out, the sky's blue, perfect! Try ISO100 or 200 for best results, and aim for a shutter speed of around 1/400 for fast-moving objects (such as arriving aircraft). Remember too to take advantage of the sun's position, by having it at your back - this will help increase shutter speed. I've seen mnay lovely shots from BCN so I'm sure the places exist.

Finally, try altering the camera to aperture priority and aim for a shutter to match - shooting in full-auto and/or P mode rarely produces decent results.

P.S. The 'blur' you're encountering is actually excessive noise due to the unnecessarily high ISO.

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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:30 am



Quoting AirCatalonia (Thread starter):
and high ISOs (1600),

Avoid high ISOs on these compact cameras if possible. The noise produced by there tiny little sensors is excessive otherwise. Those cams turn out best from 100 to 400 ISO max. If possible, never go above even if the manufactur claims "goes up to ISO 3200" or whatever.

Most of these compact cameras have a maximum native ISO capability of 400 or 800 and everything that goes beyond is pushed by the internal software, causing only more and more noise.
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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:46 am

I have been shooting with a point and shoot lately, a Canon G10.

I love it! It is quite the challenge to shoot a moving subject with the slow auto focus of a point and shoot Big grin
 
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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:39 pm



Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 5):
I have been shooting with a point and shoot lately, a Canon G10.

Royal shooting with a Canon? What gives?

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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:07 pm



Quoting Fly747 (Reply 6):
Royal shooting with a Canon? What gives?

Nikon do not make a compact as good as the Canon G10.
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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:23 pm



Quoting JakTrax (Reply 3):
Even ISO400 is excessive in the conditions under which you've shot - the sun's out, the sky's blue, perfect! Try ISO100 or 200 for best results

Indeed I'd go further ... with a compact camera you should stick to ISO100 if at all possible. You should still get fast enough shutter speeds.
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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:51 pm



Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 5):
I have been shooting with a point and shoot lately, a Canon G10

Hi there. Can you share some examples with us? (aviation related of course).
Sometimes if you can get really close to the subject, a point and shoot can do wonders and the tech details of that camera seem interesting.
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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:45 pm

I Just recently bought a DSLR, the same pictures I have on the DBs and other sites I have contributed to for the past three years have been taken with various P&S from Konica Minolta to various canons, IMHO the best P&S, and you can see them all at www.pbase.com/heez10/
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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:44 pm

Your 747 is Jade Cargo by the way.....

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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:02 pm



Quoting Mclaudio (Reply 9):
Can you share some examples with us? (aviation related of course).

Here are a couple:


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I am still learning the camera. These were shot at ISO80. I am shooting in super fine JPEG, I don't have the time to learn and support another raw format.

I am currently shooting in the "neutral" color mode - the look is toned down a little over regular (vivid is for asshats like Ken Rockwell).
 
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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:19 pm

Nics pictures! The green one may be a Aer Lingus.
 
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RE: Spotting With A Compact Camera (many Pics)

Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:18 pm

Just to clarify, the KLM is indeed a 737-800, the Portugalia is an ERJ-145 (not a CRJ) and the green 747 is definately NOT Aer Lingus - unless I'm missing something.....

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