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09-05-2006 02:09 AM  14 years ago
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Bezek

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Mixed weedend of AP - Frustration and success
I had two jobs this weekend. First a couple of shots of a simple subject: a children's train ride at local park. Nothing spectacular or particularly creative but I felt pretty good about these two shots. Then on labor day I had a job to shoot a local chamber of commerce festival. It was frustrating. I took a lot of shots but because of trees,limited take off sites, and clouds I felt frustrated. I couldn't seem to get anything worthwhile. Here are the best shots. I would love suggestions that might make shooting a location like this turn out better.

Scott - http://www.upstatehelicam.com

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09-05-2006 02:54 AM  14 years ago
ddierking

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I'm no expert, but from what I could see, you did the best with what you had to work with. I thought the pictures were crisp. If you don't mind we asking, what is your heli and camera setup? I'm getting into AP myself.
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09-05-2006 03:19 AM  14 years ago
W4UAV

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Trees are very hard to work around, they just WONT MOVE!!!
Kidding aside, I think the shots you took are great, the colors are vibrant and you see quite a bit of the activity going on at the event. You also got shots from different angles, that helps, it makes up for what those pesky trees try and mask.
Good job, I can understand the frustration. Some jobs are just like that.
Mike
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09-05-2006 03:40 AM  14 years ago
2_Subway

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Those photos look very good. The train photos will look complete once you add in some grass in PS.

Henry
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09-05-2006 04:49 AM  14 years ago
BigguyOz

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I reckon they are great! But what is it that disappoints you about them? You have captured the essence of the event, which by its very nature seems to be spread out in such a way that no angle is going to capture any more. I like 'em!
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09-05-2006 01:48 PM  14 years ago
Bezek

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what I didn't like about the photos
That's a good question. I like photos to pop, or have some interesting visual appeal. These capture the subject, but don't do anything special for me. There is too much foliage in relationship to color. I realize there may not be a better way to shoot these subjects but I wanted to ask the question. (Always trying to improve). I just think they could be better and was fishing for ideas. Thanks for the positive comments.
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09-05-2006 04:08 PM  14 years ago
Garry s

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Well, one thought is to try to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Might it have been worth - if you had a separate camera operator with a screen - hovering lower and seeing if you could use the trees to frame shots? (Also assuming you could do so safely of course)

This is only a half thought through idea, and it might be rubbish, but kind of like an anti tank helicopter peeking over the top, or round the side from only 30 feet or so, almost as if you were secretly shooting from the bushes, kind of thing. You might be able to get some much more close up, vignette type pix, capturing the atmosphere but shooting from angles nobody would ever have imagined.

Not sure if this makes any sense or not, I only vaguely know what I am trying to say myself....

Agree with all the other positive feedback BTW
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09-06-2006 01:13 AM  14 years ago
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For the Chamber event you needed a lot more altitude, and do a straight down shot.

The train would have been better that way too if you could see the whole course. THat train really isnt a great AP subject. You could have shot the train from a ladder, tree, or rooftop. The train shot might even have worked from the ground. I think if the people wanted the kids in the shot, you dont shoot aerial, but if they wanted to show off the train, go higher and take the whole course. Get the train to blow smoke.
If you give a Chimp a gun, and the Chimp shoots, DONT BLAME THE CHIMP!!!!
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09-06-2006 07:32 PM  14 years ago
Bezek

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Well, the customers loved the pictures. Paid the money and I'm happy. We tend to be our own worst critics, but thanks to those of you who contributed ideas for improvement.
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