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03-26-2003, 12:40 AM
Okay I bought a Nikon Color Pix 995 Camera and I started to use it. Here is my first try on Aviation Photography. What do you think?
Ameriflight -- Hampshere Field -- Grants Pass.
C-172 Hampshere Field
Beech 1900D Medford -- MFR
United Express EMB-120 -- MFR -- That red dumpster is not always there. I had no control of it. :D
C-97 -- Medford -- MFR
Which ones should upload? NONE!!! :lol:
03-26-2003, 02:19 AM
>>>>Which ones should upload? NONE!!! <<<<<
I would crop the top Image tighter...get rid of the fence and upload it. Also if you can add a touch of sharpen to it that would help.
I love KMFR it is located in a very beautiful location.
03-26-2003, 02:21 AM
Everyone has to start somewhere.Keep your good sense of humour and get yourself a ladder or position yourself so no fence is in the way.Try initially to shoot on nice sunny days or quickly learn the white balance features on your camera.Remember the only way to get better is much practice.Photo editing software is just as or more important important than your photography skills.Initially also stick with still shots and master that first.Even the best aviation photographer started just like you.If you have that true passion to shoot aircraft the rest just comes with practice. :)
03-26-2003, 07:40 AM
Would that not be a Nikon Coolpix 995, Lance? But yes, it makes colour pics :D :D . I have one myself and use it now as a backup for my other digital. Knowing the 995 quite well, I have three suggestions:
1. use exposure adjustment to brighten shots in cloudy days, for the first two and the last shots +0.3 would make fine, for the other two even +0.7 would help to make them brighter. Don't forget to set it back to 0.0 when the sun comes out!
2. knowing the small-diameter lens of the 995, you could as well shoot through the chain-link fence, i.e. for the KC-97. This would avoid having the fence in the foreground.
3. Shoot at maximum size of 1600x1200 and mode FINE, for best results
Don't get discouraged by people saying 'don't upload any'. It's practice that makes a good photographer, so go out and give it many more tries.
03-26-2003, 03:15 PM
Hi Lance, those are pretty good photos for first attempts. We all have to start somewhere - I started out with a vivitiar point & shoot film camera taking photos of planes in an air museum back in 2001. A few tips:
1. Try to get as close to the subject as possible. In those pictures, you've got the fence in the way in some of them, and that tends to distract from the picture. As someone else mentioned, you may want to try to shoot through the fence, so that you can get a closer view.
2. Try to shoot in better weather, if you can. You can get interesting pictures during overcast or cloudy days, but if you shoot on a clear or partly coudy day with the sun at your back, the pictures will look that much better.
3. Try uploading your pictures - even if they get rejected, you can get some feedback through the process, and then you can post the picture here and get feedback from other photogs as to how to improve the shots. That's how I improved - I kept uploaded in Airliners.net and getting valuable feedback, until I was ale to get a consistent acceptance rate.
4. Finally, and maybe most important, keep shooting! Practice makes perfect, as they say, and in your case you can shoot all you want because you don't have to worry about film!
03-26-2003, 05:19 PM
Thanks guys, I will. However since I live in the Southern Oregon area. We do not get a large varitey of aircaft.
Wait, during the fire season we will get DC-6/7 fire bombers and where I live I can get those old props in action.
Security is very lax at KMFR and Hampshere Field. In fact I filled up my car with AVgas at Hampshere at no one even gave me a look!
I will practice with cars and airplanes. I'm an auto dealer by trade and I always take photos of cars. In fact I sold this car via Email.
However who would not buy a 1994 Corolla for $1000? That was not mechanically challenged?
I will keep "shooting".
I almost cried when I left the camera in another car when I saw a AirTran 717 at KMFR.
WHAT?? AirTran in Medford, Oregon?
Yes, it was a press charter for a President Bush visit.
03-26-2003, 06:12 PM
Lance, I forgot one thing, when shooting into the sun, or towards the sun, also use exposure adjustment, for your lovely Corolla +0.7 would have made you sell it for 2,000 bucks :D :D :D .
BTW, KMFR is a nice place. Are C-97G N1365D and C-46 N23AC still on the field? I saw them in 1997 and they did not look like doing a lot of flying.
03-26-2003, 09:10 PM
I'm new to avation photography to. :nod:
you guys who know alot about it is a 70-210MM zoom lens any good?
I can buy one at my local camera shop but i am not sure if its any good with my teleconverter on it should make it 630MM max zoom.
03-26-2003, 10:21 PM
A lens of 70-210 is always handy, BUT I would need to know the f-factor to judge whether this could be a bargain, or crap.
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