Aerial photography discussion and brag thread

Wayne T Mathews

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#42
I like all your photos Tomo, especially your photos of home, everywhere you look down.There is a airfield underneath you.

Hear hear... The Darling Downs... Aren't they just fantastic... A great place for airmen: No traffic, no terrain, no weather, and nowhere more than 5 minutes from somewhere to land... How good is that?
 

Wayne T Mathews

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#48
Some times I wonder what the rich people are doing... But then I think... Argh, who cares?... Nobody's richer than those of us who get to sit around shooting sh*t about little airplanes, eh? :coffee:
 
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davidh10

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#49
Hi David,
I think you'll find the lines in the canola crops are irrigation channels, they follow the contours to keep them level.
Not sure if they are the type to shift water from point a to point b or the type that flood irrigate the paddocks they pass through.
Regards Bill
That makes sense. Thanks Bill.
 
#53
Hi Justin,
I am very interested in aerial photography but have virtually no experience with professional cameras like yours. I fly an aerochute which is a perfect platform for photography and have taken some photo’s but just with cheapie cameras and phones. Not really good results so I bit the bullet the other day and bought a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 70-200 f4L IS USM lens. All I need now is to know how to use it. I have been playing around with it and seeing what it can do but these are some complex pieces of equipment. Can you let me know what mode you shoot in and what effects you look for so I can have some idea as to where to start. Do you use the full auto settings like sport setting or just go full manual. Do you use auto focus or just set the lens to manual and leave the focus on infinity so it does not chase focus on everything but what you want. Hard to find any info about this style of photography on the internet, Most photographers use a nice stable platform or tripod. Being on a moving platform must limit some of these setting.

John
 

Hongie

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#54
all depends on the situation mate... i usually shoot in Tv or Av, which is shutter or exposure priority. focus is a personal preference, but aerial shots it would be most likely auto, as most lenses will be at maximum focus anyways. Nice lense by the way, L series lenses are very nice... might want something a little wider angle though if you are going the landscape pics, say a 50mm lense, and step it right out to about f16, unless you are doing some close in stuff and you want to create some depth of field
 
#55
Thanks for the input Hongie,
One of the guys on the American PPC forums recommended I get this lens. I figured that if I find that I am needing a wider angle lens then I would get something like the 24-70 in the L series and then cover the majority of the spectrum. Although I do not know too much about this gear yet I agree with you about the L series quality. I have not read a bad report about them. They are expensive but I thought why buy a great camera then use a cheap lens. There is a huge amount to learn but I am enjoying the ride.

John
 

JG3

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#56
Thanks for the input Hongie,
One of the guys on the American PPC forums recommended I get this lens. I figured that if I find that I am needing a wider angle lens then I would get something like the 24-70 in the L series and then cover the majority of the spectrum. Although I do not know too much about this gear yet I agree with you about the L series quality. I have not read a bad report about them. They are expensive but I thought why buy a great camera then use a cheap lens. There is a huge amount to learn but I am enjoying the ride.

John
Definitely need something like 28mm wide angle for best landscape effect....
Keep the shutter speed at least 250/sec to stop blurring due camera shake.
There's something mysterious about aircraft, flying nice and steady hands off, but as soon as you look through the viewfinder they act up like a rough horse.......
Study light and composition, far more important that camera and lens quality for final viewing effect.

JG
 
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davidh10

Guest
#57
There's something mysterious about aircraft, flying nice and steady hands off, but as soon as you look through the viewfinder they act up like a rough horse.......
The wider the lens angle the less it is noticable. Hence the GoPro cameras give a good steady movie, but narrower fields of vision tend to jump around a lot. For stills, I shoot in Av with manual focus. If you are trying to capture a lot of sky, there's nothing for auto focus to work with, so yes, it will continually hunt, or focus on the wrong depth. It depends what you are photographing as to whether you want focus set at infinity or not...same as in the terrestrial case. I'd aim to keep exposure down around a 400th of a second or less. Not as critical if it is wide angle, but remember that a one degree angle change in the camera is going to be a big movement for something a few miles away.

The disadvantage with wide angle lenses is the distance distortion, and with extreme wide angle, the fish-eye effect. As with terrestrial photography, it all depends what you are trying to capture.

I've found that video is much harder than stills, but even with stills, you get a lot of duds and just a few really nice shots.
 

hihosland

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#58
When I had my Aerochute I had a pistol grip for my camera. Shots taken with arm extended using the camera like a hand gun worked very well in the aerochute.

For the 3 axis aeroplane I want a camera
1....that has a remote control ( or cable release ) that works when operated from behind the camera
2....that will, when woken up, have the lens set at infinity.

The later is hard to find in cameras consting less than the $2000 + needed for a higher end DSLR. My Olympus E510 will do so but has suffered some trauma and needs replacing.

An aperture priority setting facility allows you to set a wide aperture thus allowing the camera to select a fast shutter speed to lessen effects of vibration. Wide aperture lessens the depth of field however if there is something less than 50metres away then you have more to worry about than mking pictures.
Davidh
 
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