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Sunset Near the Airport

Sunset Sun and Clouds

Yesterday evening, after a day with the family, the clouds were setting up for a promising sunset.  Since the airport isn’t too far away and the sun is getting closer to lining up with the end of the runway, I wanted to get some planes against the nice backdrop of a gorgeous sunset.

This proved to be more difficult than I had anticipated. My assumption was that there would be a stream of planes constantly landing which would make it easy to get one right where I wanted when I wanted it.  This wasn’t the case.  The frequency of planes was quite sporadic and the sun moves pretty quickly at the end of the day.  Also, there isn’t really a great place to setup.   I did find a legal place to park which was a bit low so I had to get creative.   I setup the focus and camera settings for the lighting but the angle was wrong.  So, I ended up with the tripod on top of my car, extended as tall as I could make it, while I stood on the seats with half my body out the sunroof.    The post-shot viewfinder about 4 feet above my head was all I could use to verify things were just right.  Minor framing adjustments were made by moving the tripod legs.  I couldn’t tell when a plane was in-frame.  A bit of spray and pray helped with that. 🙂

Plane Landing at Sunset

This plane shot above would be sweet if it was taken 1/2 second sooner, putting the plane at the top left corner.   I’m going to have to get back and try again next time we have a promising sunset!

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21 responses

  1. Tri

    I think you did a fine job in capturing a gorgeous sunset! I love the airplane shot!

    May 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

    • Thanks Tri! Also, thanks for stopping by!

      May 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm

  2. I like both these images but really prefer the fist one.

    May 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm

  3. That IS a gorgeous sunset! I like both shots! I think the plane is in a great spot, actually. Now, if you could remove that T thing-y, well…. 😉

    May 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    • Yeah, I thought about it, then decided it wasn’t worth the work. If I decide to use this for anything I will definitely get rid of it. Thanks, Tracy.

      May 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm

  4. These are lovely! I like them both.

    You sound like me trying to find places to park, figuring out where to put the tripod, trying to get the right angle etc. The problem here in Tennessee is that the shoulders on the roads are very low and you can’t just get off the road and park anywhere. I see shots as I’m driving all the time and never get to photograph them because of nowhere to park. AAAARRRGGGHHH!

    May 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    • I’m well aware what those trenches along the sides of the roads look like. That doesn’t sound like fun. For me, it all comes down to how far away I want to get from the car for me and how much walking I want to do. I really should make a tripod mount for my bicycle since I can get into far more interesting places with it. Thanks, Jan.

      May 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm

  5. angelcel

    Great shots -that first one in particular. I’ve yet to capture a decent ‘moon’ shot. 🙂

    May 24, 2010 at 7:02 am

    • angelcel

      Doh, what an idiot I am. I clicked ‘post’ looked at your lovely shot again and thought – “it’s not the moon twitto”! (Sorry I was up and awake at 2 a.m. …that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it)!

      May 24, 2010 at 7:05 am

      • lol! Nothing wrong with being sleep deprived, it can be a source of inspiration. 😉 Thanks! Hopefully I can capture a good moon shot too one day. 😀 Hey, if I give this one cold tones, I can probably fake it!

        May 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

  6. Hello Sean. The second shot is truly beautiful. While I have to agree it would been have been better if the shot was taken slightly earlier, the shot as it is, is still a very beautiful shot. Great job! 🙂

    May 24, 2010 at 8:04 am

  7. Two great captures! I was thinking the same thing about that pole in the second one, I wish it wasn’t there. Still like the shot, though.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    • You know, if the plane was just a bit lower, it could have looked like a piece of roadside art. Plane on a pole! Thanks, Michaela.

      May 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm

  8. Excellent lighting! Great shot

    May 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    • Thank you, Curtis, and welcome!

      May 24, 2010 at 9:00 pm

  9. *Drools* Gosh now I’ve got to clean up my keyboard. Thanks Sean… thanks a lot!

    May 24, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    • LOL! Anytime, Roman. Anytime.

      May 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

  10. love these shots, very dramatic

    May 25, 2010 at 11:03 am

  11. absurdoldbird

    Wow, that top one is quite something!

    May 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    • 🙂 I like that comment Val, Thanks!

      May 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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