Stunt plane exposure

posted on 26th of september, 2007

During a recent airshow I attended I was able to do some playing with exposure on very fast moving objects ( the planes) against a pretty much bright blue sky.

At first my litte brain was telling me to over expose a bit so the plane wouldn't look like a shadow with no color or distinction.

I had my little pad and paper and as each plane went by I wrote what I did. I should share at this point that the sun was over my right shoulder so glare was not an issue.
To make a long story short , after I got home and looked at my notes compared to the photos I realized that if the color of the plane was bright enough and reflected back as much as the blue sky over compensating for exposure created wash out. I know a lot of you are saying of course ,, every body knows that. Well I didn't but I do now. Then all I had to do was stop the darn thing as it buzzed through the screen at 200 miles per hour.
But I did manage to get a few, and more importantly learned a good fact for future adventures.

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Photo credits: Dave Willman.

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