|Quoting JakTrax (Reply 5):|
Best way to avoid heat haze? Shoot in winter!
|Quoting moose135 (Reply 7):|
You can get heat haze at any time of year, at any temperature. Heat haze occurs when there is a difference in temperature between the surface and the air above it. In my example above, while the air temperature was +16F, the river I was shooting across was +34F (or there about) resulting in heat haze
|Quoting JakTrax (Reply 10):|
Another thing to bear in mind is that there (normally) must be something on the ground to generate heat haze, such as a runway, road or taxiway. Even the rooftops of houses can give off heat haze.
If you shoot aircraft in the air over open spaces (such as grassland) the effetcs are much more limited. Try therefore to avoid aircraft once they are above the runway. Just remember - surface temperature compared to the temperature of the air immediately above. Also remember that the colour black will absorb heat better than anything else, thus giving off more haze.
|Quoting JakTrax (Reply 13):|
That depends upon quite a few atmospheric conditions. Don't forget that engine/APU exhaust can create a similar effect to heat haze. Temperature and colour of the aircraft have little to do with the amount of haze - unless perhaps if the aircraft is jet-black.
Heat haze is so hard to predict and it doesn't always follow set rules.Forget about the tone of the runway and colour of the aircraft and concentrate more on time of day and height of the aircraft above ground.
|Quoting Epten (Reply 18):|
When there's wind, there's less (or none at all) heat haze. Windy conditions are great for shooting aircraft
|Quoting samuel32 (Reply 20):|
Reduce the amount of air you are shooting through: In other words get closer to your subject.
|Quoting user47 (Reply 24):|
I find it incredibly entertaining that so many non-american posters simply say "get closer"...
1. If any planespotter could, wouldn't they by default?
2. Don't forget our security folks are incredibly overzealous at most major airports.
I tend to be pro-american wherever I can be but I'm beginning to think I'll need to take my hobby abroad in order to get decent shots without being labeled a terrorist. See "I'm a photographer, not a terrorist" for more on that...
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