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Old Jul 24, 2006, 3:29 PM   #1
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Here's a UPS plane as the landing gear doors are swinging open.
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Old Jul 24, 2006, 3:29 PM   #2
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If you zoom way in you can see the pilot's head and shoulders in the cockpit window.

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Old Jul 24, 2006, 5:08 PM   #3
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Nice capture. Glad to see you were not afraid to use your digital zoom.



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Old Jul 24, 2006, 10:41 PM   #4
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I see no mention of digital zoom in the text. I didn't look at the exif data imbedded in the image.

That second shot makes me nervous. By zooming in that close, it makes it look like the pilot has a serious problem with the nose gear!.

I suspect that the image degradation caused by digital zoom varies between cameras in much the same way that high ISO values do. I suspect that the higher the megapixels in the sensor, the better digital zoom will work.

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Old Jul 25, 2006, 6:32 AM   #5
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The doors open first, then the nose gear swings down, then the big front part of the doors closes. No problem, at least so far.

I have a couple of shots of a Northwest 757 on final approach at DTW. As I took the pictures, I heard the engines spool up and the plane started climbing-- it was the first "go-around" I'd ever seen. In my pictures, the nose gear doors and the large main gear doors are opening again prior to landing gear retraction.

Nice shot, Bill (though a little dark for my taste). I hardly ever see UPS planes here in southeast Michigan.
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Old Jul 25, 2006, 9:16 AM   #6
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The digital zoom is done in Photoshop.
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Old Jul 25, 2006, 9:24 AM   #7
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" little dark for my taste"

Tom, it was an overcast day and the shot is taken handheld from quite far away using a lens multiplier. I was out shooting an unrelated event and saw the plane coming in perpendicular to me so I slapped on the multiplier and grabbed a shot.
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No problem--I just lean toward lightening my own shots a bit excessively, to bring out under-wing detail.
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Detail under the wing was a big determining factor for what I did (or didn't do) with the picture of the rejional jets in my "All that Jazz" post. I could make the colors really pop and get a very dramatic look but it invariably causes detail to be lost under the wings.

Personally, when I print out my photos, I opt for the more dramatic color and I let the underwing get a bit dark. But I know that photo guys tend to look more for technical details so, like Tom, I try to keep some detail under the wing when I post pictures.

I must say, especially looking at the crop, that's an amazingly sharp photo.
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