airkas1 wrote:Hi Colin,
First of all I would like to say that it was nice to come across your photo in the queue. Even though it could use improvement, I welcome the attempt and encourage you and everyone else to keep trying. Regarding the improvements:
- It would be nicer to look at if the whole arc was included. If that makes the photo unbalanced, then I would suggest to move a bit further back next time. If the composition requires a bit more foreground to be visible, then that would be OK, but be careful to not overexpose that part too much.
- I recommend using a faster shutter speed. You mention 30 seconds, but I would use a lower number, for example 10 seconds. To compensate the exposure, you can bump up the ISO a bit. You can then see how that goes and tweak the settings until you're satisfied. Reducing the exposure time also makes my next point easier to execute.
- You could perhaps ask the marshaller to keep still as much as possible (without having him/her/you break any rules of course). Explain what you're trying to do and show the results afterwards. That might give them a better understanding of what you're trying to do.
I don't mean to brag/plug/whatever, but I will try to illustrate the difference using my own version of this type of photo.
You can see the difference with your photo. The aircraft blur is still present, but the marshaller is much less blurry than in your photo. I admit it might have been easier for me to make this photo, as it is a selfie and I knew what to do/not to do. I tried to keep my whole body as still as possible, with the exception of my arms. EXIF was 10", F8, ISO160 @ 81mm.
Shots like this require some trial and error, but you're certainly on a good track! If you need any other input or pre-screening, don't hesitate to ask.
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