to be honest here, not every shot I take are as crisp or nice as what I
post on my site. Lots of people can take great shots of airplanes, but
it takes a real pro to mess them up! Here are some of my less than
stellar shots to prove that yes, I do sometimes take crummy pictures.
In this shot, I was
experimenting with shutter speed. As you can probably tell, the shutter
was open a tad too long and left the shot overexposed. Even with some
substantial editting, the shot is still not right. The shot below is
the editted version.
Another over-exposure. I was
trying to get a full prop arc in the shot while maintaining focus and
lost some focus on the airplane due to too much light. Editting in
photoshop did clean it up quite a bit. See below for the editted shot.
Better, but the focus is soft.
Okay, now for the stuff that no amount of photoshop work could fix.
Tried to catch the Thunderbirds doing an opposing cross. As you can
see, I didn't lead the main group quite enough. Darn, that would have
been a cool shot!
Another opposing cross that went bad. Even if it had turned out, they
were too far down the field for it to have been as dramatic. Oh well, I
will keep working on it!
I swear, it looked cool through the viewfinder! I tried to frame the
helicopter between the hangar and the tail of a C-46. A combination of
soft focus and general bad composition relegated this photo to the
"What was I thinking?" file.
The next 2 shots were another experiment that looked better in my mind
than on the sensor of the camera. I tried to photograph a couple of
airplanes reflected in the chrome bumper of a pickup truck.
Yikes! It's like an old warbird in a funhouse mirror!
Attempting prop blur with the plane in focus. Low shutter speed and not
picking a proper steady stance lead to this fuzzy image.
Whoops! Who parked that plane there?! This shot has BAD written all
At first I wondered what the heck was in my shot. The I realized what
happens when you zoom past an umbrella top. Interesting effect, but not
what I wanted. I thought the Air Force might have to re-open Project
Blue book. Nope, just Tom needing to close his black umbrella!
When they say large lenses pull in the image, I didn't know that this
is what they meant! It swallowed up half of this Mustang!
I still have no idea what got in this shot.
Good lighting, good focus...Sometimes it would be nice to be about a
As much as I love Mustangs, I wasn't trying to shoot one this time!
Ouch! It's always a good idea to keep track of where the sun is. Not
only does it foul your shot, but sunlight maginifed through a zoom lens
is a bit painful! This was after a heavy amount of editting in
photoshop to try and salvage something.
The lighting was great for this shot, too bad nothing else was! I was
watching a tail of a B-52 to make sure that wasn't going to be in the
shot and in doing so, lost complete concetration through the
viewfinder. This is one of the "Ones that got away" shots. Unlike
fishing though, I have evidence that it could have been a good shot!
After shooting slower planes lately, I forgot about leading an airplane
a bit. Just as well, he was heading right into the sun anyway.
So now you see, I really do take crummy shots too. This is just to
prove that I have and that not every shot that I take is a good shot.
Every shot is a learning experience and I learned from these.
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