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Old 08-09-2011, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Mark Burns View Post
Here's a photo I took this Sunday morning. It has not been cropped.
It's my home field (F87) with Lake D'Arbonne in the background.

The camera used here is a point and shoot Panasonic DMC-LX5.
I searched out this camera as it has a good lense and is completely BLACK!
A silver camera will not work well. You will see it reflecting in the canopy.
It also has an airplane mode which keeps it from focusing on the canopy.
Like others have said, hold the camera close to the canopy. And do like I do, take a lot of photos and 1 or 2 will actually be good!Mark
You got that right. Thank goodness for digital pictures! I used to use film!

Nice pic Mark! Very sharp and clear!
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:14 AM
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Another good tip is to carry a black towel with you. You can drape it over yourself or the instrument panel to remove reflections from most interiors. There is usually always something that wants to reflect into your shot...
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
Mark is right on technique. Mornings are the best time for aerial beginners. Glare is a problem. Gary could you specify the filter?
Circular Polarizing Filter is what you want.

Here is a link to one:

A Circular Polarizing Filter is two Polarizing pieces of glass on one filter. You turn the outer filter to get it polarized correctly to minimize glare. See the link above and click on the image for what it looks like before and after.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:37 AM
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Default great shots possible

We got some great photos from the RV10 in Alaska. I took an average of 300 shots/day. The clear blue skies made everything look crisp and clear. To get forward shots I put the camera right up to the front window off to the side so the prop could not be seen. Worked great until the bugs got on the windshield I could get shots from the side window without the wing or could have Vic dip the wing to get them. We started sorting photos and even though lots had reflections, we have hundreds that look stunning. The scenery up there is spectacular. I am NOT the photographer in the family.

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Old 08-09-2011, 09:38 AM
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Thank you Gary. I will be in their store this afternoon and may pick up one.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:14 PM
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Thank you Gary. I will be in their store this afternoon and may pick up one.
Save your money for a GPS and 100LL!!
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:26 PM
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Default Sometimes it works!

Here's one from a few weeks ago.
The photo is not cropped. I wish I had zoomed out just a tad.

That's David Bray (RV-8) and Gerald Loyd (RV-4).

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Old 01-03-2012, 08:12 PM
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Default Nice

Great shot Mark. I'll have to have you take one of my plane this summer when you come up for OSH.
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:03 AM
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Of all the RV's, I've found that the -8/8A makes the best photo platform. Whatever type you find yourself shooting from, ideally your RV interior will be a dark satin or or matt finish. Draping and taping is always good prep, but if you can't eliminate certain items that are going to cause reflections, look where they are going to appear, and then work with them, avoiding the areas they reflect in. Don't forget to get the lens close to the canopy surface and minimise the amount of canopy you're shooting through too.

While it's not always possible, try and shoot earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. The lower angle light will give great shape definition, and won't flood the lower areas of the cabin, lighting more things to reflect!

Some old examples from my film archives.

Shot from a tip-up RV-6.

RV-8 by Ed Hicks, on Flickr

Shot from an RV-8.

Polen Special by Ed Hicks, on Flickr

Got the Van's RV-8 poster in your workshop? That was shot through a canopy.

RV-8 by Ed Hicks, on Flickr

Shot from an RV-8.

N410RV by Ed Hicks, on Flickr

Sometimes the canopy will do something to enhance your picture, so it's not always the enemy!

Shot from an RV-8.

RV-8 by Ed Hicks, on Flickr
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:17 AM
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Default Post-Processing

All of the airborne shots here were through the canopy, but even then the reflections can be a killer depending on the sun and aircraft angle relationships. I'm still working out the functionality of a new camera, but I also find that post-processing is as important as the actual shot itself. We tend to get a lot of blues due to the the diffusion of light in the air, so some good post-processing can go a long way. I've used GIMP for a while but I've been playing with Lightroom 3 a bit and I really like that tool the best so far.
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