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by n314as
Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:28 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: LAX Helicopter Flights - Do Them Whilst You Can?
Replies: 20
Views: 7980

RE: LAX Helicopter Flights - Do Them Whilst You Can?

NASCAR - totally correct. These are air to ground shots. People confuse these with real air to airs. Air to air photos are "planned" formation flights with the photo plane and subject planes which fly together at a close distance always in communication to position for different camera shoots. These...

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by n314as
Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Masterclass II: Hardware And Software
Replies: 28
Views: 7246

RE: Masterclass II: Hardware And Software

For the hobby, to get nice professional results, two medium end DSLRs is normal. Somewhere in the range of 8-12 MPX. You do not need more. I use two Canon 10Ds that are 6.2 MPX in RAW and I have made posters of 24x36 inches without pixels showing so those would be nice For lenses, I would choose som...

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by n314as
Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Pictures Posted Without Credit To Photographers
Replies: 4
Views: 6970

RE: Pictures Posted Without Credit To Photographers

Anytime you put something on the internet, it will be subject to theft. You have two options. First, you can place a watermark on your photo but that is ugly and makes the photo unattractive. Second, just publish a very small photo with small pixels - say 500x250 at 24dpi.....enough to see it but no...

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by n314as
Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: LAX Helicopter Flights - Do Them Whilst You Can?
Replies: 20
Views: 7980

RE: LAX Helicopter Flights - Do Them Whilst You Can?

You should all contact the airport to allow you access to the ramp whenever someone is available to take you out. Some photographers do this. They do not benefit the airport at all and they usually are not there to write stories for magazines, but just to add photos toward their own photographer's p...

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by n314as
Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Getting Dusk/Night Shots Without Noise
Replies: 19
Views: 7423

RE: Getting Dusk/Night Shots Without Noise

There are many ways of doing these - some real - some photoshop. First, I would use a lower ISO and open the lens. That should help. The plane here was perhaps starting his takeoff and not moving fast maybe a 1/2 second exposure on a tripod - and lucky because some do not turn out good - do a sequen...

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by n314as
Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Composite Vs Photoshopped
Replies: 28
Views: 6085

RE: Composite Vs Photoshopped

I don't think that is a composite. It is a long time exposure. A composite would have shown right thru the 747. Digital opens for cheating but again it is the tool of today unfortunately and people don't learn the old way like if you were shooting film. I can make shots today look like perfect air t...

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by n314as
Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:39 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Miami Apartments With Great Airport Views
Replies: 3
Views: 5719

RE: Miami Apartments With Great Airport Views

The only apartments next to the airport (those by runway 30 for clear views of the airfield) are in a medium to high crime area where there are many burglaries. They are cheap but risky and of course, they have to be available too. You see glass every day from smashed cars. It is not wise if you own...

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by n314as
Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:47 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Pilot Spotting Advice (air To Air, Cockpit Etc...)
Replies: 11
Views: 7939

RE: Pilot Spotting Advice (air To Air, Cockpit Etc...)

1. passing planes like those with contrails are not true air to air shots because air to air are only those who are planned in formation flying with a subject plane. BUT they are neat shots. My suggestion is to try to hold it as steady as you can and manually focus the lens to the area that the plan...

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by n314as
Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Night Photography Help....
Replies: 17
Views: 24130

RE: Night Photography Help....

Night photography of airliners or other aircraft: 1. Use a short time exposure with a tripod. Shoot RAW too. 2. Only shoot planes that are completely in light. Find a spot that lights the plane or use remote lighting. Those shots that you see of just the tails lit up but the fuselage is dark is unpr...

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by n314as
Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Spotting At LAX
Replies: 22
Views: 9511

RE: Spotting At LAX

Use this gudeline - For Winter - The best public location is the Imperial Hill. Many times, it can provide nice artistic shots and the further takeoffs are even with you. At the Proud Bird, you can do approaches but they are not pro level quality because you see too much underneath the plane. Anothe...

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by n314as
Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Any Smart Way Of Downsizing?
Replies: 9
Views: 7055

RE: Any Smart Way Of Downsizing?

First - I hope you are shooting raw and then working from there. I have a technique that I use when I scan slides which can also be used for digital and it helps with the compression level depending on a shot - also helps when printing - and all you need is slight sharpening. If you want to make a p...

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by n314as
Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Which Canon Lens Should I Get. I'm Torn..
Replies: 24
Views: 8667

RE: Which Canon Lens Should I Get. I'm Torn..

For wide angles, the 20-35 is good and is very inexpensive. For medium range, a nice one is the 28-135 <acronym title="Surat Thani - Samui (USM / VTSM), Thailand">USM</acronym> For the rest of the field, and strong, get the 28-300 or 100-400 "L" lens. Some say, "Oh well, to be a professional, you ne...

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by n314as
Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:24 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Best Lens/body Combo For Aviation Photography
Replies: 13
Views: 22708

RE: Best Lens/body Combo For Aviation Photography

I find that for serious photos you should have two bodies and three lenses. The first should be a wide angle zoom say 15-30 or similar. The second should be an all around 28-135mm which has everything in between. The third should be like the Nikon 80-400 or Canon 100-400. The camera bodies also do n...

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by n314as
Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Slide Photography And Conventions
Replies: 8
Views: 9246

Slide Photography And Conventions

We all know that slides (especially Kodachrome) were the main staples of our hobby for over 60 years. Of course the digital technology is upon us but it does not mean slides are dead. In fact, most of the original photography pre-2002 was done on slide film and we still use the process today. Slides...

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by n314as
Tue May 08, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon 50d With 24-105mm L-series Problem
Replies: 21
Views: 8992

RE: Canon 50d With 24-105mm L-series Problem

Sure - overuse can be a problem. I have seen many of these digital photographers firing away an entire burst on a plane right in front of them. One guy shot 300 rounds on an F-22 right there not moving and nothing different with it like if it was a movie. I was there. I took 4 shots of it. There is ...

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by n314as
Sun May 06, 2012 7:33 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Spotting @ LAX?
Replies: 4
Views: 5990

RE: Spotting @ LAX?

Those were taken from the proud bird. This is a bad time for spotting there though because of high sun. You don't have too many choices. The In-n-Out location is where most go but the approach shots are too underneath which is not good for pro level photos. There are other things you can do like mov...

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by n314as
Sun May 06, 2012 7:25 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon 50d With 24-105mm L-series Problem
Replies: 21
Views: 8992

RE: Canon 50d With 24-105mm L-series Problem

The only thing I can think of is overuse. This is digital - you do not need to shoot 30-40 frames on each plane. If you are catching approaches etc, concentrate on the area you want to shoot at and do it there. I generally use manual focusing and pick the area that I want to shoot at avoiding those ...

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by n314as
Sun May 06, 2012 7:22 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: AirShow Performance Acts Copyright Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 7161

RE: AirShow Performance Acts Copyright Questions

Technically, if you go by their terms, then airlines and their logos become this issue too. Regardless, you are taking the photo in a public place so no matter what, the copyright remains with you. As far as these warbirds, you can sell your prints of these to anyone you like as long as you do not m...

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by n314as
Sun May 06, 2012 7:16 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Shooting Vs. Spotting
Replies: 29
Views: 7454

RE: Shooting Vs. Spotting

There is a difference. Spotting was actually derived from the early days of train/aviation registration number listings....or what we call "reggie bashers". These were not photographers but loved listing the planes at airports. A photographer is a photographer period. There are different kinds. Most...

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by n314as
Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:55 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikkor 80-400mm Focus Speed
Replies: 9
Views: 4728

RE: Nikkor 80-400mm Focus Speed

You do not need autofocus or vibration control for airliner action shots. Pre focus on the area to shoot then concentrate on panning the plane in that area. The old fashion way manually focusing is the correct way to do these. Autofocus could be tricky and sometimes you will lose your shot. They hav...

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by n314as
Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: In Miami For 10 Days Need Advice On Where To Photo
Replies: 7
Views: 8174

RE: In Miami For 10 Days Need Advice On Where To Photo

MIA has one official spot - The photo holes next to Runway 12 off of <acronym title="Northwest Airlines (USA)">NW</acronym> 25th Street. Do not park in the US Customs lot. This section is good for photography in the afternoons October - February. All other times, it is high sun and dark noses (unles...

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by n314as
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Spotting Locations Near LAX
Replies: 26
Views: 6779

RE: Spotting Locations Near LAX

The only good spots at <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> that are acceptable for normal spotters are: 1. Imperial Hill (Winter only for good lighting) 2. Proud Bird (Winter normal approaches) 3. Radisson (top of roof) if you stay there (winter)...

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by n314as
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Anyone Here Going To The 2011 Isap In San Diego?
Replies: 5
Views: 6164

RE: Anyone Here Going To The 2011 Isap In San Diego?

A degree in aviation photography does not make you an instant professional photographer above the rest. Experience and years of service is what counts, especially those who shot with Kodachrome or large format film and not error-proof digital which suddenly makes everyone a pro. Go up and do "Airlin...

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by n314as
Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:51 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: LAX Question
Replies: 3
Views: 4467

RE: LAX Question

If you are serious about photography, for spotters, the In N Out burger location is good in the summer as the sun will be west to west northwest in the afternoons getting good head-on shots of approaching planes. Imperial Hill on the south end is still good if you are not serious about photos but th...

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by n314as
Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:18 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Camera Settings
Replies: 39
Views: 11083

RE: Camera Settings

ISO 100 for speed RAW or high Jpg for quality - shoot the highest possible. For jets - shutter speeds of 1/250 to 1/750 is fine - For props - do not use shutter speeds over 1/250 or you will get the common "digital photographer mistake" which is FROZEN PROPS! You want blur in the props. For ground s...

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by n314as
Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:12 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What Size Print
Replies: 4
Views: 3320

RE: What Size Print

1024 pixels will only get you a good 4x6 or 5x7 print no matter what dpi whether it is 300 or 72. Basically this is a good rule of thumb...... For every increase in size of print, usually double the amount, you need to double your pixels too......this for proper 35mm style compression..... 1024 acro...

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by n314as
Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:03 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Strange Canon 100-400L Problem
Replies: 16
Views: 7006

RE: Strange Canon 100-400L Problem

Folks, to be a good photographer, you do not need all this autofocus image stabilizing baloney. They add all those features and they are useless. Good pro level aviation photographers have never used any of that. 1. Pan an area to shoot the action shot (fly by or approach) about 30 degrees of shooti...

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by n314as
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:05 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: How To Correct Vignetting When Working In Jpeg?
Replies: 3
Views: 5763

RE: How To Correct Vignetting When Working In Jpeg?

Shoot lower speeds..........vignetting is usually associated with shooting lower ISO and shooting at very high speeds....especially shooting with film. This was a problem with slide film for those who did not know how to shoot it. Anyways, you should experiment with lower shutter speeds. It is good ...

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by n314as
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:02 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Heat Haze: Is It Possible To Remove It?
Replies: 25
Views: 16022

RE: Heat Haze: Is It Possible To Remove It?

Heat haze can occur during hot and also windy days. Chances are that if you are experiencing this, you are shooting from too far away using long telephoto. Find a location that is closer to where you are. This should eliminate most of it. Anyways, heathaze should be prevented overall - it is bad pho...

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by n314as
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: The Best Picture Ever
Replies: 25
Views: 11645

RE: The Best Picture Ever

There are no best pictures nor best photographers. Many images like that one are great but it is a matter of being in the right place at the right time. For example, it is not the same spotting from outside a fence than to be next to the runway taking a photo of a rotation shot up close. This does n...

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by n314as
Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:34 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Professional Tips For Proper Digital Photography
Replies: 18
Views: 6538

RE: Professional Tips For Proper Digital Photography

Folks......remember that this guide is for the basics. There are lots of shots that you can do that are away from this...the artistic side of it......like sunset shots.....some nice fuselage reflections etc.......I am not saying you cannot be creative.....just do the best you can. My guide follows u...

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by n314as
Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Professional Tips For Proper Digital Photography
Replies: 18
Views: 6538

RE: Professional Tips For Proper Digital Photography

JRadier - This is basically a standard for good photography from professionals. There are many artsy shots that are great and not necessarily follow this but they are still super....for example..Steve Morris' vortex shots. Those are great. They are usually not in sun but are 5 stars plus! Remember t...

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by n314as
Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Professional Tips For Proper Digital Photography
Replies: 18
Views: 6538

RE: Professional Tips For Proper Digital Photography

Suresh - You master the long telephoto and you now know how to shoot good.....no problems with you that is why you are on my side and we shoot at many airshows! We all had our little backfires. I've lost money in the past on bad slides. Today, that will not be the case! I learned from my mistakes! W...

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by n314as
Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Professional Tips For Proper Digital Photography
Replies: 18
Views: 6538

RE: Professional Tips For Proper Digital Photography

NIKV69......you can clone them out but get used to doing it with out them if possible. Chances are these are regular shots of planes at the terminal. They also have clutter around them and in the background. When you set up a plane, YOU are in control. It is YOUR baby with the time they give you. Th...

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by n314as
Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Professional Tips For Proper Digital Photography
Replies: 18
Views: 6538

Professional Tips For Proper Digital Photography

There are many digital photographers out there, some even calling themselves professional aviation photographers without knowing the true fundamentals of aviation photography. The following are a few tips you can use to better your photography if you really want to be known worldwide as a top dog in...

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by n314as
Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is Slide Collecting Dead?
Replies: 28
Views: 7641

RE: Is Slide Collecting Dead?

saintex - yes, I also have slides that are close to 60 years of age. My oldest aviation slide dates back to the late 50s. My travel slides date to the 1940s including a Nat Geo-style collection of American Native and western USA from the 1940s. The colors are the same as if it were taken today. Fant...

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by n314as
Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:05 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Is Slide Collecting Dead?
Replies: 28
Views: 7641

RE: Is Slide Collecting Dead?

With the advance of digital photography, slide "shooting" is basically down to just a few in the hobby. Kodachrome ceased last year but Fuji still makes a line of very fine slide film. We do not know the archival life of Fuji film but so far, it has pretty good results, especially Fuji Provia 100F. ...

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by n314as
Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:07 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Recent Photos That Make One Say "wow"
Replies: 119
Views: 15188

RE: Recent Photos That Make One Say "wow"

Chad is an excellent photographer no doubt - and his aircraft carrier stuff beats many other photos, but close up of aerobatic planes is not impossible. All you need is an airplane with an open door and cooperation with pilots for good sun angle (and not fall off). Acrobatic planes can hold many pos...

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by n314as
Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Kodachrome - End Of A Great Era.
Replies: 18
Views: 3597

RE: Kodachrome - End Of A Great Era.

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by n314as
Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Kodachrome - End Of A Great Era.
Replies: 18
Views: 3597

RE: Kodachrome - End Of A Great Era.

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by n314as
Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Kodachrome - End Of A Great Era.
Replies: 18
Views: 3597

RE: Kodachrome - End Of A Great Era.

***People - please keep this forum to experiences on Kodachrome slide film - not digital in general. This is about Kodachrome and your experiences with the film. Please also stay away from stupid jokes and be serious about this. Kodachrome is no joke. It taught how to shoot full frame and with corre...

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by n314as
Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Kodachrome - End Of A Great Era.
Replies: 18
Views: 3597

RE: Kodachrome - End Of A Great Era.

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by n314as
Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Kodachrome - End Of A Great Era.
Replies: 18
Views: 3597

Kodachrome - End Of A Great Era.

After decades as the standard of aviation photography, Kodachrome slide film has come to an end. Fuji will continue to make their good series of slide film but nothing beat the natural colors and archival history of Kodachrome. We would like Kodachrome photographers to share some of the memories and...

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by n314as
Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:15 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: The Kodachrome Project
Replies: 16
Views: 2865

RE: The Kodachrome Project

Kodachrome is still alive and some still shoot with it including myself. The latest airliner photography slide conventions were large in terms of turnout so the slide hobby is far from dead. Our Miami show which I co-host was successful and the great Frankfurt show was full! Unfortunately, today's d...

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by n314as
Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:20 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Top Aviation Photographers
Replies: 60
Views: 11660

RE: Top Aviation Photographers

Alright folks....calm down.....my last large message was a parody of sorts. People are taking it seriously and want to kill me now. Don't kill me yet as I am only an educator to the new photog on how to take great digi shots a-la slides. Let me live a few more years at least before gunning me down. ...

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by n314as
Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:22 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Top Aviation Photographers
Replies: 60
Views: 11660

RE: Top Aviation Photographers

The best photographer in the world is anyone with a digital camera. WYSIWYDG What you see is what you don't get. People who could never shoot suddenly became "top professionals". Fifteen year olds are now "top professionals". Flipper the dolphin is now the top pro in Miami. The ones renting flights ...

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by n314as
Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Angles For Photographing
Replies: 6
Views: 3235

RE: Angles For Photographing

There are many angles depending on time of day, glare, subject, paint job, titles, etc. The most common is the side profile shot where the rear wheels are directly in front of you. This can present problems, though. For example, on the airline FRONTIER, you lose most of the titles. That is a bad pho...

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by n314as
Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:33 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Top Aviation Photographers
Replies: 60
Views: 11660

RE: Top Aviation Photographers

Henry Tenby of Vancouver <acronym title="Brymon Airways (United Kingdom) and Skymark Airlines (Japan)">BC</acronym> is also a great air to air photographer. He has a site which showcases his talent for this action. Henry is also one of the best known in the slide hobby today. Art Brett is a true gen...

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by n314as
Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:10 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Top Aviation Photographers
Replies: 60
Views: 11660

RE: Top Aviation Photographers

Other top photographers with many air to air pictures include Charles Stewart (civilian) and Joe Cupido (military). No one here has mentioned Bob Shane. Mr. Shane is one of the top aviation photographers in the entire world. Based in Phoenix Arizona, he has flown with Clay Lacy as well and has trave...

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by n314as
Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Buy A $7000 Dslr To Shoot Jpg! Yeah, Right!
Replies: 23
Views: 4891

RE: Buy A $7000 Dslr To Shoot Jpg! Yeah, Right!

You can print from a jpg after being converted from RAW or TIF. A 24 x 36 in medium jpg like most will shoot will NOT get that result. There is a difference. Keep the Bullsh*ts away from here......haha. :0


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