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Advice for photographing low-flying aircraft

 
Grimscale
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Jan 25, 2012 07:22 |  #1

Every day between 1830 and 2000 a pair of C130s flies almost directly overhead where I live.
once the season changes so there's more light then, I'd like to get some pics of them.
i currently have a Canon T2i/550D with the kit 18-55mm and a Canon Zoom Lens EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6.

I'm already assuming that I will use the larger lens, but so far most of my pictures have been auto point-n-shoot. Are there any recommended settings I can try instead?

These aircraft are usually between 600 and 800 ft above the ground (according to a friend who was in the Army).

Thanks for any advice.




  
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Jan 25, 2012 07:53 |  #2

Definitely use the 70-300.

You can try setting your camera to AI-Servo with Centre Point selected, Av Mode and f/8 and work from there.


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Jan 25, 2012 08:50 |  #3

Also see the links in: Shooting airshows in Manual


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Jan 25, 2012 10:03 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #4

Pictures of low-flying aircraft.

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Focal Length: 370.0mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure Time: 0.010 s (1/100)
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

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Focal Length: 313.0mm
Aperture: f/14.0
Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200)
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

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Focal Length: 500.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125)
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: +0.33 EV
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

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Focal Length: 198.0mm
Aperture: f/14.0
Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200)
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB


The best "setting" is to make sure the aircraft fills the frame as much as possible. That means a telephoto lens, and the longer the focal length the better. The rest depends on the direction of the light. If the light's behind you, it'll be easier than if the light is between you and their aircraft. Airplanes directly overhead can be hard to photograph because cameras tend to expose for the sky rather than for the airplanes.

Many members of this forum prefer a relatively slow shutter speed, as used in these examples, to increase the blur of the propellers. It's an advanced effect and doesn't need to be tried on a first attempt at photographing aircraft.



  
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Jan 26, 2012 03:01 |  #5

Thank you very much for the advice. Now I just have to wait for daylight when they fly over.




  
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Jan 26, 2012 10:36 |  #6

Grimscale wrote in post #13770660 (external link)
Thank you very much for the advice. Now I just have to wait for daylight when they fly over.

You can get some nice light if you don't wait too long. Look at these: https://photography-on-the.net …hp?p=13757382&p​ostcount=5

And these: (Air) Great Light and a Nice Mix

Night Airshow Tips


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Jan 28, 2012 02:56 |  #7

Frank, you always said you'd make an example of me someday! :lol:


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Jan 28, 2012 12:42 |  #8

:D I suspect that you were a good example long before I came along?


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Jan 30, 2012 22:18 |  #9

I'm glad you are not filing a noise complaint with the nearest military base (just assuming you are in the US). You probably live under a military training route so they could be as low as 300' above the ground. When the sunset changes, don't be surprised if they alter their flight time later so they are still flying at night.


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Jan 31, 2012 02:50 |  #10

Nope....been here for 6 years, and for 6 years they fly overhead anywhere from 6pm to 9pm. Can't reasonably file a noise complaint before 11pm in NY...plus it's really cool having them overhead. I'm not one of those people who build a house near an airport then complain about the noise...and these guys are protecting MY freedom!




  
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Feb 08, 2012 22:20 |  #11

Be glad you only have them late in the evening. I have them from 7 am to 11 p.m. 6 days a week.

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Mar 14, 2012 06:55 |  #12

They're back!

i was outside putting new mirrors on the Jeep when I hear this loud ROAR!
I look up and see the belly of the beast!
His wingman wasn't too far behind.

Now I have an idea what time they are going to be flying over.....today after work I'm sitting outside with the camera ready!




  
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