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Unread post by PJL » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:51 am

I thought it might be a good idea if members could share ideas, know how or tips of a photographic nature with fellow photographers. I have taken the liberty to post the first posting that will hopefully encourage others to do likewise. :D :D

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Unread post by capetonian » Mon Feb 26, 2007 3:43 pm

Good initiative. Hope a lot of tips get posted here. we have some excellent photographers here on Avcom.
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Unread post by PushingTin » Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:56 pm

Perhaps would be nice to have a workshop specifically for aviation photography.

SO when the FlightZoneImage blokes (and others) going to show us how its done in Cape Town? :twisted:
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Unread post by Jester » Mon Feb 26, 2007 8:01 pm

PushingTin wrote:SO when the FlightZoneImage blokes (and others) going to show us how its done in Cape Town? :twisted:
Now THERE'S a bastardisation if ever I've seen one! :twisted:

It's FlightZone Aviation Photography and FliteZoneImages ... 2 different entities :wink:
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Unread post by PushingTin » Mon Feb 26, 2007 8:17 pm

Mango, SAA same thing :twisted: :twisted:

Well will take advice from either FlightZone Aviation Photography or FliteZoneImages :lol:
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Unread post by Bearcat » Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:35 pm

Ok .. here is a pic I took :? :?
I was not expecting the aircraft to approach from behind and hence had not checked that I was standing virtually in front of some wires and an overhead light.

So the tips are
1) Make very sure that there are as few obstacles around as possible
2) Anticipate where the aircraft is going to be ... but be prepared if its in an unexpected position

We learn from our mistakes :shock: How about some other bloopers
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Unread post by Stephan Rossouw » Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:06 pm

Pushing Tin, organize something to shoot in FACT, and I'll gladly fly down to come and assist you....anytime. :wink:
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Unread post by PushingTin » Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:23 pm

Its ACSA and permits that are the problem :evil:

I got mine, but try getting someone else on the airfield :shock:
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Unread post by Stephan Rossouw » Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:26 pm

PushingTin wrote:Its ACSA and permits that are the problem :evil:

I got mine, but try getting someone else on the airfield :shock:
I have a full access ACSA permit with full camera permit for ORTIA. Can it be arranged to use it there??
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Unread post by PJL » Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:32 pm

There has been a lot of talk about the depth of field (DOF) of late and it is a very misunderstood subject. The rule of thumb is 1/3 of DOF in front will be in focus and 2/3 of DOF behind the subject will be in focus. This is not always true and I managed to find a DOF calculator on the net that I "borrowed". :shock: For those interested, I have loaded it here so that you can download it. :D (Sorry I had to zip it as it is a HTM file)

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Unread post by PushingTin » Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:38 pm

I have a full access ACSA permit with full camera permit for ORTIA. Can it be arranged to use it there??
Doubtful but I will find out...

Even though I have ACSA permit for FACT, I needed to go through entire security clearance and blah blah blah (hours at permit office) just for a one day visit at FAJS. The logic!
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Unread post by Bearcat » Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:47 pm

PJL and others ... I am most dissapointed that nobody has commented on my brilliant photograph of a lightbulb ...with an aircraft in the background...truly a work of art I think :? :?

And where are other peoples bugger ups ... am I the only one :D
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Unread post by PJL » Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:08 pm

Bearcat wrote:PJL and others ... I am most dissapointed that nobody has commented on my brilliant photograph of a lightbulb ...with an aircraft in the background...truly a work of art I think :? :?

And where are other peoples bugger ups ... am I the only one :D
Your composition using the rule of thirds definately needs to be commended =D> =D>

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Unread post by Bearcat » Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:44 pm

Ok ..here is another bugger up :(

The pic should have been ok ... good light, sufficient length lens etc .. but its wobbly and not sharp ..so what happened
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Heat Haze !
Like many photographers experienced at AAD 2006 ...heat haze ...and for what ever reason, digital cameras seem to be more affected by it than film cameras. Its not always that visible to the naked eye and when its present ..its just not possible to get good shots, especially with a long lens.

So the tips ..
1) Pics shot in the morning are less likely to be affected by heat haze than those shot in the afternoon.
2) If you can get closer to your subject, ie use less lens, the effect is minimised
3) Pics with the aircraft either on the ground or close to the ground are more affected than pics taken once in the air.
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Unread post by PJL » Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:37 am

Bearcat, I take it you used a strong tripod so there was no camera shake. The problem with long distance shots is that the air is compressed and the heat haze is magnified. I agree on all your points as discussed. It should be remembered that a long lens is to get in close on a subject to extract maximum detail on a relatively close subject and not to be used as a telescope.

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