The first few weeks aviation photography session was absolutely fantastic! I learnt a lot about camera settings, photography skills and types of planes too. To be honest, at that time I didn’t know anything about aircraft. I was able to see the difference between colour schemes and sizes only, but that’s all. However as I’ve seen them from time to time, I gradually learnt all the different aircraft types, liveries and names of airlines.
London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is one of the most busiest airport in Europe, so luckily we can see lot of movements day by day. As I know it is approximately 1200-1300 each day which is very good compare to other airports. Unfortunately the weather is unpredictable most of the time, as the UK is an island surrounded by sea, but nevertheless we get a little sunshine sometimes.
To go out for spotting when it’s sunny is quite fun and relaxing, especially at the begginning when the whole environment is new for us. To see hundreds of airplanes with different shape, size, colour scheme it’s very impressive.
However one day I had a feeling that I would like to try out something new, wish to develop my skills. So I was thinking it would be great to fill in the frame with something like landscape, trees, buildings, etc. In my opinion it makes the image more interesting than “just” the bright blue sky. It definitely adds something to the composition.
One day when the direction of the wind has changed and I went to Terminal 5 to explore the spotting places over there. – If the wind blows from the east, airplanes land over Windsor and take-off towards London. It’s called easterly operations, but most of the time (approximately 70%) westerly preference operates. – So I went up to the 5th floor and luckily managed to take some shots with trees, buildings and lampposts in the background.
It can be very difficult to release the shutter button at the right time – when the aircraft is exactly between two lampposts – , as the plane moves very quickly and there’s no time to estimate the perfect moment. Sometimes it works sometimes doesn’t. Apparently the subject of the image (airplane) is more important than anything else on the picture, but as I said it makes the picture more attractive in my view if there’s something behind the aircraft.
So this session made me happy despite of I took some bad photos with distracting lampposts in front of the aircraft. So now I found an aim to work on it! There is famous quote what says: “The more you practice, the better your skills are.”