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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 9:23 pm 
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This is my first try at a moving target so please be gentle... :wink:

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F-Stop - f/11
Exposure time - 1/4000 sec.
ISO - 1600
Focal Length - 200 mm
Max Aperture - 5

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F-Stop - f/18
Exposure time - 1/1250 sec.
ISO - 1600
Focal Length - 46 mm
Max Aperture - 4.4

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F-Stop - f/5.6
Exposure time - 1/100 sec.
ISO - 1600
Focal Length - 95 mm
Max Aperture - 4.8

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F-Stop - f/16
Exposure time - 1/320 sec.
ISO - 200
Focal Length - 200 mm
Max Aperture - 5

C&C please...

p.s. I have many more from the show including some vintage aircraft from the Canadian Warplane Heritage if anyone is interested in seeing more.

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 4:50 pm 
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Nobody has any comments or criticisms???

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 6:20 pm 
Yes I would like to see more


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 7:04 pm 
definitely put up more! i LOVE airplane porn!

i'll give some comments:

for #1, it's messy, but i really like it anyway ... the prop in the back offers a nice ironic counterpoint considering we're focused on a turbine-powered craft (but why the 1/4000s and super high iso? it wasn't moving - you could use ISO 100 and probably a shutter of 1/200)

for #2, the bright red leading edge of the building in the background seems to crash through the cockpit, and that bothers me but i'm not sure others would notice - otherwise, it's a fine shot, and the main subject is very well composed

for #3, to my eye it looks like you bumped the contrast, and that's fine, except that the little parade of guys who didn't want to stand in direct sun, and they kind of overbalance the composition since there's no one standing on the other side of our subject

#4 is great! it could be sharper, but i hesitate to say much else since i've never shot an airshow and i have no idea how hard it is to focus on a friggin' jet on a flyby...

good work, and break out the rest!


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:11 pm 
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Yeah show us some more, I'd love to go to an airshow like this someday.

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FazaMonster wrote:
definitely put up more! i LOVE airplane porn!

i'll give some comments:

for #1, it's messy, but i really like it anyway ... the prop in the back offers a nice ironic counterpoint considering we're focused on a turbine-powered craft (but why the 1/4000s and super high iso? it wasn't moving - you could use ISO 100 and probably a shutter of 1/200)

for #2, the bright red leading edge of the building in the background seems to crash through the cockpit, and that bothers me but i'm not sure others would notice - otherwise, it's a fine shot, and the main subject is very well composed

for #3, to my eye it looks like you bumped the contrast, and that's fine, except that the little parade of guys who didn't want to stand in direct sun, and they kind of overbalance the composition since there's no one standing on the other side of our subject

#4 is great! it could be sharper, but i hesitate to say much else since i've never shot an airshow and i have no idea how hard it is to focus on a friggin' jet on a flyby...

good work, and break out the rest!



Awesome input!!!!! Thanks!

The first couple were just on an auto setting and the ISO is what the camera chose for the conditions. I switched to the 200 ISO once the aircraft started flying.

Let me tell you... Taking pictures of moving aircraft is not easy at all. Many of the pics turned out a bit blurry because you need to focus on a moving object and follow it so precicely.

I have a bunch more... Let me tweak them a bit and post them up.

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As promised... More aviation porn!!!

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In this next one I tried to age the photo a bit by adding some noise and converting to B&W. I thought it made for a cool effect. I imagined it would look like something you would see during the Korean war.
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Here is the CF-18 pilot on the left and the MIG-15 pilot on the right discussing something obviously funny.
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Hornet walk-around..
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Just another day at the office...
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This turned out dark and fuzzy cause of a cloud and the fact that they were moving REALLY FAST!!!!!
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I know there are a lot. But you asked for it. LOL

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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 1:58 pm 
truly some great shots!

thanks!

i truly had no idea the canadians had a p-47 (is it still a razorback?)



the 2nd pic - i'd recommend cropping out the farm below, maybe just leave in the top of the treeline so we're not drifting through the sky


good post!


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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 2:31 pm 
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This is a P-47
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The yellow one with the blue cowl is a Harvard. Otherwise known to you Yanks as a T-6 Texan.

I thought that by cropping the B&W pic would have too much sky and not enough contrast. Maybe I'll try cropping it a bit tonight so I can see what you mean.

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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 2:36 pm 
ahh..interesting ... the texan

when i said "p47 razorback" i meant, actually, this (a thunderbolt):

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the huge greenhouse glass canopy confused me

and of course, i missed the different wing shape and the subtle differences in fuselage ... it's been a long time since i was 10, building models =)

thanks!


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The Razorback is just a variant of the Thunderbolt. Essentially they are the same aircraft but just a different canopy layout.

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Nice shots, but referring to the original post, any reason you were shooting at an ISO of 1600? It's a bit high for daylight shots, especially of static subjects. You'll notice more image noise at higher ISOs.

I also noticed your final shot was taken at f16. Any reason why you went for f16? If it was to deliberately slow the shutter speed to have a blurred background while following the plane, then that's fine, but if you want a sharp image of the plane (and there's no background to blur, only sky), then go for a larger aperture (smaller f-number), and a quicker shutter speed.

PS - you may find this tutorial on shooting action with blurred backgrounds useful:

http://www.dslrtips.com/workshops/How_t ... hoto.shtml


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Gordon Laing wrote:
Nice shots, but referring to the original post, any reason you were shooting at an ISO of 1600? It's a bit high for daylight shots, especially of static subjects. You'll notice more image noise at higher ISOs.

I also noticed your final shot was taken at f16. Any reason why you went for f16? If it was to deliberately slow the shutter speed to have a blurred background while following the plane, then that's fine, but if you want a sharp image of the plane (and there's no background to blur, only sky), then go for a larger aperture (smaller f-number), and a quicker shutter speed.

PS - you may find this tutorial on shooting action with blurred backgrounds useful:

http://www.dslrtips.com/workshops/How_t ... hoto.shtml


Thanks for the input Gordon!

The 1600 ISO was when I was shooting in the Automatic mode. That is what the camera chose. As the day wore on I switched manually to the 200. I thought that would be best.

The f16 shutter speed was again what the camera chose for me. I am still learning about the settings and I figured I would play with things one at a time. That was was working with ISO. Maybe next time I will adjust shutter speed.

I have had the camera for over a year now and still feel like I have only scratched the surface.

I saw the tutorial you posted on shutter speed and being a car fan, quite enjoyed it!

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shannonex wrote:
Is there an Aviation GPS system for laptop computers? I have found many automotive GPS systems for laptops, and have found aviation GPS systems for PDAs, but none for laptops so far. I was wondering if such a thing exists....



Not sure why you posted that here. Perhaps you should create it's own post in a more appropriate section. :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:15 am 
Some great shots there i'm a military aircraft nut myself, really like the f18's one of my all time favorites


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