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Tips For Inflight Recording?

Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:37 am

Hi all,
I will be leaving soon from BOI-YYZ Going through Denver and I will be on an United A319 and ERJ-170. I will probably be recording both flights. I know this flight will be heavy and it will do a full power take-off out of BOI so I might get the 'Buzzsaw' sounds. What's the best way to get the sound? I'll be using my Pentax K30 with a 18-50MM lense that will be shooting in full 1080p. And also since it will be a morning flight, is there anyways to get a really nice picture of the sunrise that could get accepct up here in Airliners.net?
 
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Tips For Inflight Recording?

Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:22 pm

I'm not familiar with Pentax, but if you have a camera with a built-in microphone, it should be able to pick up the sound of the buzzsaw with no problem. You don't need an external microphone or any sort of crazy setup like that.

Regarding the photo, I'm not sure, I'm not really experienced at all with getting photos in here. Here are some suggestions though:

You could try to get a picture of the wing as it is taxiing if one of the taxi ways happens to be parallel to the sunrise. Also if your plane is at a gate where the sunrise is in the background... it might not be the best light for the front of the plane, but you might be able to make it work. Even if your plane isn't at the gate, you could go find a gate that does have to sunrise in the background (although, like I said, the lighting on the plane might turn out terrible, so no guarantees).

The sunrise is not in the background and it turned out great (even though I know you wanted to include that)
http://www.airliners.net/photo/US-Ai...d=4667e1e7e8425fc6ed2e487cba007002
 
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Tips For Inflight Recording?

Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:49 pm

Most camera cell phones have a built-in mic and pretty good audio, compared to standard digital cameras. I recorded the landing of my flight from YYZ-AMS using my digital camera and the sound was somewhat picked up (due to capturing engine sounds). In comparison when I filmed both the takeoff and landing of my flight home two weeks later I used my Samsung Galaxy S3 camera and not only did it pick up both types of sounds well, but it was able to differentiate between the engine noise and the PA announcements upon landing.
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Tips For Inflight Recording?

Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:29 pm

Ok, so I should be pretty good then and have good sound with the Camera I'm using. I also might get some time to spot at Toronto for a bit, any tips if 25 and 24 are active on where to go?
 
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RE: Tips For Inflight Recording?

Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:58 pm

I prefer spotting on 24R as you get a great vantage point of taxiing aircraft should they cross between 24L and R or backtrack on the runway to takeoff towards the southwest. There's a Wendy's restaurant right across from the northeastern point of 24R and L.
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RE: Tips For Inflight Recording?

Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:06 pm

Quoting CJMoeser (Thread starter):

Do you know where you'll be sitting? How intense the "buzz saw" sounds can depend on where you are sitting. I'd recommend either right next to, or in front of the engines. I don't think you will hear it from behind the wing. Something to keep in mind.
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RE: Tips For Inflight Recording?

Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:19 pm

Quoting CJMoeser (Thread starter):
is there anyways to get a really nice picture of the sunrise that could get accepct up here in Airliners.net?

There are certainly ways to get great sunrise or sunset photos accepted here. But it's better to plan it out a bit rather than just click and hope.

If you're shooting from inside an airplane, you'll have to have some of the airplane visible (wing, engine) or an airport visible. I'd advise taking a look through some window-view shots already in the DB. A sunrise alone without any aviation motive won't be accepted (even if it's a really beautiful sunrise shot from inside an airplane).

If you're shooting directly into a sunrise, you'll also have to be very wary of reflections and glare off of the window through which you're shooting. Additionally, anytime you're shooting through a window, dirt and reflections can kill a shot easily. If my window is very dirty, I generally don't even bother, at least not with any hope of uploading shots here.

Quoting YYZSpotter1991 (Reply 2):
Most camera cell phones have a built-in mic and pretty good audio

Yeah, strangely enough, I've found the audio quality on my iPhone is actually pretty good. I've recorded portions of live rock concerts, and they've come out surprisingly well.
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RE: Tips For Inflight Recording?

Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:10 am

I don't know exactly when the sun will rise relative to your flight, but my best sunrise/sunset images have actually been taken when the sun is below the horizon with a dark landscape and lights. I haven't been airborne after the sun came up, but most of the shots that have stood out to me in the db have clouds for atmosphere. On the other hand, though, if you have some interesting landscape you might get a nice backlit effect if it is clear.

If you are on the ground during the sunrise, you could try to get another plane landing or taking off silhouetted against the sunrise.

For shooting itself, I would try a variety of settings; you might not get the best results in automatic mode. I would also bracket; one of my best shots was underexposed by a full step.

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