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Oct 20, 2010 16:02 |  #46

timeasterday wrote in post #11133309 (external link)
The rest is just luck.

I hear ya! Sometimes I feel like a monkey pushing a button.... :lol::lol::lol:


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Oct 20, 2010 21:17 |  #47

Here is a couple from the air show. I'll post more as i figure out how to download more pics.


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Oct 20, 2010 21:22 |  #48

And some more.


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Oct 21, 2010 07:49 as a reply to  @ ttsalter's post |  #49

timeasterday wrote in post #11133309 (external link)
Thanks! For every decent photo I had at least 10 that were washed out, out of focus, or partially cut off. I even had a couple of pics of nothing but blue sky. I didn't use any filters. For the photos that look like they have potential, I just try to adjust levels to maximize my histogram, sometimes just a bump up of the black level will help that washed out look. I also tried to keep my exposures far to the right as much as possible. The rest is just luck.

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As with any other type of photography .. The Quality Of The Light

Unfortunately, 99.9% of the folks attending an airshow have no control over their location but the .1% who do are the ones who set the benchmark. It's nearly impossible (and really frustrating) to compare efforts shot from the "cheap seats" with those done by Media or other pros who are allowed to position themselves in optimal locations around the field.

Four ways to deal with shooting up-sun into a "high sky":
1) Shoot as tight as humanly possible to eliminate the surrounding sky and concentrate on close up details.
2) Intentionally create "High Key" or "High Contrast" images and go for shapes and forms rather than coffee table book quality.
3) Put the camera down and enjoy the show.
4) Do some pre-show research via Google Maps and an Ephemeris to see where the sun will be relative to the crowd line and determine if it's really worth the hassle to go at all if it's not at least somewhat photo friendly.

Despite how much I love to shoot aviation, there are times of day and certain locations where I know it just won't be worth picking up the camera.



CPLs typically don't work well in airshow situations because as you pan accross the flight line, your angle off the sun constantly changes and so will your polarizing effect. In this case a CPL just robs you of light.

Awesome guys, thanks for the replies. There are some good tips there that will really help in the future.

Any special lens thats prefered for the airshow shots??


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Oct 21, 2010 08:34 |  #50

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Awesome guys, thanks for the replies. There are some good tips there that will really help in the future.

Any special lens thats prefered for the airshow shots??

I think the 100-400L was perfect for me. Plus the 17-40L for the static displays.


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Oct 21, 2010 09:20 |  #51

I used my 55-250 lens for all the shots.


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Oct 21, 2010 11:21 |  #52

Ghostrider86 wrote in post #11137526 (external link)
Awesome guys, thanks for the replies. There are some good tips there that will really help in the future.

Any special lens thats prefered for the airshow shots??

I used a 70-200 2.8 IS and a 1.4x TC on a 1DMkIII. That combo seemed to work well for me.


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Oct 22, 2010 07:04 as a reply to  @ post 11127269 |  #53

A couple of mine from the show... Very last minute - set up across the street in the Pep Boys parking lot..


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Oct 22, 2010 10:12 as a reply to  @ j5brock's post |  #54

Beautiful shots Brock!

Ok so i see a pattern here. It looks like the shots where there is a wider angle, the colors aren't as good because the camera wasn't seeing the colors well contrasted against the sky, but when zoomed in the camera better handles the light focusing on the object rather than the sky giving better color quality??\

Does this sound right?


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Oct 22, 2010 10:31 |  #55

I am still processing mine, but wanted to share this one.

I took a few misc photos of the crowd during the breaks. The lady sitting is either also admiring her or thinking I am a perv.

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Oct 22, 2010 10:36 |  #56

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Beautiful shots Brock!

Ok so i see a pattern here. It looks like the shots where there is a wider angle, the colors aren't as good because the camera wasn't seeing the colors well contrasted against the sky, but when zoomed in the camera better handles the light focusing on the object rather than the sky giving better color quality??\

Does this sound right?

Yeah, nice shots Brock.

I don't think the colors are so much associated with wide angle or close-in shots. It's hard to tell since I am sure many people here are doing the same thing I am - cropping a lot of shots. But I do think if you have the object filling more of the frame at the point of capture, the camera will probably do a better job exposing for the object and not the sky. The problem we all had at this air show was backlighting. I had many shots zoomed in that didn't have good color and I would estimate that they all are underexposed. If I was really good with full manual exposures that might have helped but being a newbie at this I stuck to Av & Tv modes.


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Oct 22, 2010 10:53 |  #57

timeasterday wrote in post #11144789 (external link)
Yeah, nice shots Brock.

I don't think the colors are so much associated with wide angle or close-in shots. It's hard to tell since I am sure many people here are doing the same thing I am - cropping a lot of shots. But I do think if you have the object filling more of the frame at the point of capture, the camera will probably do a better job exposing for the object and not the sky. The problem we all had at this air show was backlighting. I had many shots zoomed in that didn't have good color and I would estimate that they all are underexposed. If I was really good with full manual exposures that might have helped but being a newbie at this I stuck to Av & Tv modes.

Ahh got ya!


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Oct 22, 2010 12:40 |  #58

Tandan wrote in post #11144765 (external link)
I am still processing mine, but wanted to share this one.

I took a few misc photos of the crowd during the breaks. The lady sitting is either also admiring her or thinking I am a perv.

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Uh... I think she is looking at you,lol. That might be her doughter:D I like this shot.


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Oct 22, 2010 15:38 |  #59

I don't believe it's wide angle.. Rather closeness of objects... Saturday I shot with the 100-400 and Sunday I shot with the 70-200. I had a pretty good idea of their flight patterns on sunday - so I was able to anticipate the close fly overs.. Part of the problem with the distant shots was the haze generated by their smoke.. Not to mention Atlanta is a pretty hazy city.. I should have used the 24-105 some because I have some unbelievable close flyover shots where the color was even more striking but I ended up cropping a wingtip or nose or tail.. Loved the focus of the 7d over my 5dii...


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