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Sky Harbor at Night
Lens: FA 31/f1.8 Limited Camera: K1 Photo Location: Phoenix, AZ ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: Above 6s Aperture: F22 
Posted By: interested_observer, 11-05-2017, 03:47 PM

I was able to get out last evening to go do some shooting. I went down to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. The takeoffs were in the wrong direction, so I couldn't shoot what I had originally intended, so I looked around for some other opportunities. On top of the parking structure at terminal 4, the view to the south (Southwest Airlines) was just plain uninteresting - obscured by the part of the roof for the new Sky Train (people mover) that they are building. However, to the north (American Airlines - use to be American Worst West), the view was much better.

I took a series of 30 second shots to be stacked together. To get a 30 second exposure, I needed to go with ISO 100 while stopping down a lot to f22 to shoot long. I found that I left my 20mm lens on the desk at home, so the 31 was a bit narrower, but did fine. If I had the presence of mind to bring the 20mm lens, I would have been able to capture a bit more action of a couple of additional planes pushing back and turning around.

This is a blending/compositing of 15 shots, stacked using Photo Engine - with ghosting (so as to let the light streaks stack together). Then straightened up - well just because I could not get the camera level with the runway lines.



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A very nice photo. Thanks for sharing it and the story of how it came to be.
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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
I was able to get out last evening to go do some shooting. I went down to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. The takeoffs were in the wrong direction, so I couldn't shoot what I had originally intended, so I looked around for some other opportunities. On top of the parking structure at terminal 4, the view to the south (Southwest Airlines) was just plain uninteresting - obscured by the part of the roof for the new Sky Train (people mover) that they are building. However, to the north (American Airlines - use to be American Worst West), the view was much better.

I took a series of 30 second shots to be stacked together. To get a 30 second exposure, I needed to go with ISO 100 while stopping down a lot to f22 to shoot long. I found that I left my 20mm lens on the desk at home, so the 31 was a bit narrower, but did fine. If I had the presence of mind to bring the 20mm lens, I would have been able to capture a bit more action of a couple of additional planes pushing back and turning around.

This is a blending/compositing of 15 shots, stacked using Photo Engine - with ghosting (so as to let the light streaks stack together). Then straightened up - well just because I could not get the camera level with the runway lines.

Very interesting!

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