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Old Mar 18, 2004, 1:59 PM   #1
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Hi!

Do we have any good aviation photographers here? I have tried a few shots at Frankfurt Flughafen and can't seem to produce good shots!! Any tips?

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Old Mar 18, 2004, 2:01 PM   #2
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well QDM takes shots from IN the aviators...lol
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Old Mar 18, 2004, 4:24 PM   #3
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I am no expert in this field. My comments are based on some simple physics. Your subject is moving at high speed, about 180 mph. You have have a very narrow window of opportunity to get the shot you want..

Here is how I think I would do it:
1. Use a good, solid tripod since it may be windy.
2. Set your ISO to a setting higher than normal.
3. Use manual focus. Focus on something close to where the airplane will touch down, perhaps the middle of the runway.
4. Use the continuous shooting mode. Set it for as many exposures as it will allow.
5. When the airplane is just about to touch down, push the shutter release and hold it until the shooting sequence is complete.

At lease one of the shots in the sequence should capture the image you desire. If not, wait for the next airplane to approach and try again.

The principle here is the same as shooting action sports. You are trying to stop the action. Trying to shoot a single image is risky. If you shoot too soon or too late, you won't get the shot you want. Shooting in continuous mode is still risky but you have a better chance of getting the shot you want.
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Old Mar 18, 2004, 4:26 PM   #4
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well how did you take that one?
it seems a tad soft but the timing is great!
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Old Mar 28, 2004, 7:01 PM   #5
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Don't know if you've ever seen these sites:

www.jetphotos.net
www.airliners.net

Anyone interested, I certain could get started there.
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Old Apr 3, 2004, 7:14 AM   #6
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Great suggestions, CalR.

Well thought out and concise
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Old Apr 3, 2004, 3:59 PM   #7
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Here is my small contribution to the subject

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