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03-20-2009 01:50 PM  8 years agoPost 1
talk the torque

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Hi guys

Wasnt sure if me placing this question in the "It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!" thread so I just posted here again

Please can you help me with some advice. I have taken thousands of aerial photographs and am happy with the quality I am getting but a client has asked if we can do a dusk photo and that is something I have never done. It is quite a big area of a new plant that has gone up. They want to get the smoke (steam) reflecting in the sun that comes from the boilers. I have gone and done some ground practise shoots and by the time the steam has the effect that they want it is fairly dark. I have played around with iso just to see if at 1600 on my SLR 30D it would get grainy. I have done this as to try keep the shutter speeds high for when I go up in the helicopter. I am hiring a helicopter for this shoot so I cant make any mistakes. Can you please give me any advice on doing these shoots. Please guys only if you have experience with this type of photography. Thank you very much

TtT

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03-20-2009 03:04 PM  8 years agoPost 2
Hogster

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As this sounds like a one-off shoot and you're hiring a heli to do it, I would hire something like a 5D and a good fast lens (primes are best for low-light, but not ideal as you will probably need to zoom in-flight - perhaps consider something like the 24-70mm F2.8) to ensure optimum image quality. Of course this introduces the need to familiarise yourself with a new camera which you must do before the flight! Also you need to bear in mind what bits you might need during the flight - you don't want to be swapping lenses / batteries / memory cards in flight, particularly if you have to shoot out of an open window!

Just some thoughts that came to mind, and picked up from what others have said in

Cheers and good luck!

David

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03-20-2009 03:50 PM  8 years agoPost 3
sjiraffn

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I agree with Hogster. I really wouldn t rely on the 30d, cause it just aint good enough. Not for this kind of shot anyway. And if its a onetimer.....

Go rent or borrow someone with a nikon d700 or canon 5d or similar. I do not know the setting or lighting conditions where you are shooting, but I wouldnt go beyond f3 to be shure.

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03-20-2009 10:13 PM  8 years agoPost 4
cfranks

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I'm not sure if this is practical but, for still photos, do as we do with astronomical pics. Take lots of underexposed, low ISO of the same scene from the same place and align and stack them with something like Registax. http://www.astronomie.be/registax/

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04-02-2009 12:09 PM  8 years agoPost 5
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Ok I tried to see what I could get using my Slow Stick. This is not the final image as that willtake some time. I just did the basics so that I could show the client as the angles etc might not suit him. Basically the client wanted a low aerial that would have the sun setting and also showing the reflections of the steam coming from the boilers at the back building. I took the aerial photo as late as I could but still with enought light that I could run slightly higher shutter speeds. Then I took the sky and steam reflections from the ground when it looked really nice and the steam was reflecting in the low sun. I then edited them together. Whats your opinions or even advice? I still love my SS

TtT

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04-02-2009 05:25 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Envision

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Noiseware does wonderful things with noise. Lightroom has exposure and light fill sliders for jpg images.

Troy

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04-02-2009 06:40 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Smithprod

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I use Noise Ninja with great results but I'm going to have to give Noiseware a try as well.

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04-02-2009 07:01 PM  8 years agoPost 8
Envision

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Noiseware can mess up (smooth) grass, cement and 'trees in the background', but easily fixed with a duplicate layer and layer mask.

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