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Dirty windows?

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:03 pm
by BWIAirport
On recent trips, I have been looking to add to the diversity of BWI pictures (which have almost exclusively been from the observation park on short final for 33L. I have taken terminal photos, all of which have been rejected for various reasons (reflections, distance, color, blurry, etc) but I thought this photo had a shot.
https://imgproc.airliners.net/photos/air ... fd62dffb0f
I was dealing with some pretty dirty windows in what I believed to otherwise be a decent, and most importantly, different, picture. How do photographers deal with window reflections or dirty windows?

Re: Dirty windows?

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:14 pm
by JakTrax
No chance I'm afraid - very over-processed look and some areas exhibit a 'smudged' appearance. Most of the window shots you see here involve some very good luck in getting a couple of exceptionally clean glass/perspex panels!

Karl

Re: Dirty windows?

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:02 pm
by trevisan26
The first thing I would do is to check the most used runways on the airports you will be flying and then use suncalc.org to determine exactly the sun position and which side of the aircraft you want to be, of course it can be a hit or miss in some airports. No sun going directly into the window (even if only slightly) will eliminate almost all the reflections on daytime, except for the ones from inside, in which case you can use something to block the light.

For reflections at night, I use a rain coat or a jacket to block them. Chances are someone will look at you like you’re crazy, but its worth for the pictures :)

If the window is dirty and you’re on the correct side, try to use the biggest aperture as possible, sometimes it can minimize the effect on the photo. Aside from that, 99% of the time you want the camera as close as possible to the window and can also try to find the best spot.

Good luck with the windows on the next flights.