A series of long exposure shots from when I went to go spotting at SFO yesterday. Each exposure is 30 seconds in length, captured at 80mm roughly. Really helps to show how each and every departure from the 01’s is unique.
West Field parking garage is great, just getting there is a little iffy…one day when I have enough will to do it, I shall go. The international parking garages are really nice though for getting shots of air side piers A and G.
Thanks, I’m saving up for a Tamron 150-600mm, which will give me sharper images at higher focal lengths (SFO is a focal length heavy location) so hopefully the ones in the future will be a lot clearer. :)
So this will be a lengthy read. You can always supplement this with tutorials online of course.
What you need: a DSLR Camera, and a tripod.
Mount your camera to the tripod and set it up so that it’s stable. Exposures rely on good work holding, so make sure the set up is firm and level.
Set the camera shooting mode to manual. This gives you complete control over shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, the three things you will need to manually calibrate to get the shot.
Set your shutter speed to 20 - 30 seconds for a long exposure. Shutter speed refers to how long the shutter is open for allowing light to enter the lens. This is what causes lights to “star” and for moving objects to become blurs or light streaks.
Adjust the ISO and aperture accordingly, it takes a bit of fiddling, but with practice it will be come very quick. The way you know the ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed are calibrated correctly is if when looking through the lens, at the bottom where the HUD is, the + - bar is centered:
Manually focus the shot by setting the focus mode on your lens to manual, and turning the tip of the lens until the image becomes focused. This may take several attempts to get right, so adjust accordingly.
Press the shutter release button and you’re all set :).