I would love to know the settings the Emirates A380 was shot at!?!?
You can try to E-mail the photographer (and post the answer here
And I thought you were going to make it easy for me Kas
Some of those shots, especially the one on the home page (linked above) are usually done with the plane flying over some very bright lights (eg, stadium/sporting field flood lights) and using a big aperture with high ISO settings. This is one I did back in 2012, the Captain here was on his last flight:
F/3.5, 1/60sec, ISO6400, 70mm. Nikon D3S and 24-70mm F/2.8 Zoom Nikkor
The plane flew over a hockey field at night while the local hockey team were training, with the flood lights on. Enough light to make the plane fairly bright. The other photo above looks like it might have been done in a similar way. Look up the location of the photo on Google maps and see if there are any sporting fields or parks with bright lights around them.
Hoping Szabo Gabor will chime in here. It's a great shot!
The Qantas is quite interesting to me. As A beginning student pilot, Aviation weather is particularly interesting. Finding the weather that allows the photo to have more composition than a sunny side on is something that I have been trying to do for a while now. The Qantas being shot on a day with a relatively high humidity allows the vapor to form on op of the wings and creating the perfect photo
I can remember a day at Sydney airport where the fog in the morning was so heavy that virtually everything was diverting elsewhere. Delta tried landing on RWY34L and gave up after two attempts IIRC, heading off to Brisbane instead. And the United crew on a B747-422 (remember those?) tried runway 34L and then gave up. They then tried the other direction (runway 16R) and made the landing work, with virtually no visibility. We could hear them decelerating down the runway in front of us, but couldn't see them. Later on in the morning when the fog was burning away, virtually every plane had those fog effects and streaming vortices coming from the wing-tips. Except the fog over the wing was so dense that it completly obscured the fuselage of the plane, leaving just the front of the plane and the back, and the engines visible. Quite surreal.
FAN-TASTIC shot. And look at that EXIF
If you have a D4 and F/2.8 lens, you can do that. Of course it still takes skill to expose it properly, but at least you get the opportunity. I've done a few like that myself. I remember doing that with the D3S at 10,000ISO on an Emirates shot and one of the Russian photographers questioned immediately if it was a D3S.
Having the F/2.8 lens makes it so much easier in combination with ISO6400 or ISO10,000. But again, you still need to know your camera and have the eye for the shot.