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Easier: Take Off Or Landing Of Plane Photos?

Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:34 am

Which one is easier to take a photo of: a plane landing or taking off?
 
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RE: Easier: Take Off Or Landing Of Plane Photos?

Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:32 am

Personally, I think approach and landing shots are easier as the flight path is predictable. For take-off shots, the point of rotation differs so it depends on what you're trying to achieve really. Both have their own challenges which makes photography more than just pointing and shooting.

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RE: Easier: Take Off Or Landing Of Plane Photos?

Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:59 pm

Also on landing speeds are fairly consistent, compared to accelerating speeds during t/o.
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RE: Easier: Take Off Or Landing Of Plane Photos?

Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:51 pm

Landing is easier for sure. Speeds are much slower and as already stated flightpath is more predictable.

But, I personally don't tend to care what's easier....I love a good challenge. When I nail a tricky shot I shout 'boom goes the dynamite' and treat myself to a nice meal
 
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RE: Easier: Take Off Or Landing Of Plane Photos?

Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:40 am

Thanks for your input!
 
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RE: Easier: Take Off Or Landing Of Plane Photos?

Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:52 pm

I don't really find either easier. When I'm shooting landings, I'm usually shooting at the In'n'Out, where due to proximity, the airplanes are moving across my field of vision very quickly.

Takeoffs I shoot from either Imperial Hill or the beach, where the aircraft are moving slower, again relative to my field of vision.

That said, with takeoffs you never know exactly where they're going to rotate, or how fast they're going to climb, so planning a shot can be difficult.

Quoting megatop412 (Reply 3):
When I nail a tricky shot I shout 'boom goes the dynamite' and treat myself to a nice meal

  
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RE: Easier: Take Off Or Landing Of Plane Photos?

Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:53 pm

Quoting megatop412 (Reply 3):
Speeds are much slower

Sure???

I think it is quiet the same if you do not want to have smoking wheels on your picture!

And I think there are more challenging photo situations than takoff or landing.
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RE: Easier: Take Off Or Landing Of Plane Photos?

Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:02 pm

Quoting megatop412 (Reply 3):
I shout 'boom goes the dynamite'

Not too loudly, I hope...wouldn't want some concerned citizen to cause trouble for you  
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RE: Easier: Take Off Or Landing Of Plane Photos?

Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:42 pm

Quoting Soaring1972 (Reply 6):
Sure???

Final approach speeds are definitely lower than high-power T/O speeds, although it can vary. MD-11s are going quite fast even when they touch down, while A320s seem to be going quite slowly by comparison (the MD-11 has a very high approach speed in real life, so this isn't just perception).

It also depends on where you are shooting.

At Seatac, you can't really get a rotation shot from anywhere except in the terminal (or possibly air-to-ground), so if you are photographing takeoffs there, the planes will be stowing the gear (or about to be) by the time you see them come into view (the entire airport is on a plateau about 15 meters above all the surrounding roads). That's a bigger challenge than watching them slowly close in on your position at a slower rate of speed.

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