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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Airliner backdrop
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, November 16, 2015 9:29 AM

I like to shoot backdrops appropriate for my modeling subjects, to photograph my models against.  I have a grass field I use for early or WW1 subjects, and a small to medium size airport for bizjets and other civilian planes.  But it was not really appropriate for modern commercial planes.  I had been looking for a way to photograph the terminal at MSP for a long time, and couldn't find a decent vantage point that my telephoto lens was long enough for.

They just opened a new public viewing area at the airport. It is right in the middle of the airport, accessed by a tunnel under one of the parallel runways. It is surrounded by a pretty high security fence, but there are picnic tables there.  Standing on one of the tables, I was able to shoot over the fence on Saturday, and got some lovely shots that I will print out for backgrounds.

Only sad thing is, winter weather is starting here this week, and since I use sunlight for these background shots, I may not be able to use the backdrops till next spring :-(

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, November 16, 2015 10:17 AM

Here is the first backdrop I made from the shots.  This is the terminal shot, with some pavement and grass cropped out- I have already made an expanded piece of the pavement for the model to sit on.  I will do one other backdrop from this shoot, ramp only, a slight ways from the terminal. I also shot the tower, and may do a backdrop later of the tower and section of ramp.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, November 16, 2015 11:31 AM
That will work.

  

 Nick.

  • Member since
    February, 2011
  • From: St louis
Posted by Raualduke on Monday, November 16, 2015 4:04 PM
Nice photo don. Sad to say,but in this day and age you may want to make your intentions clear to tsa,or other authority. They see a guy standing on a table with a telephoto, they could get the wrong idea. Mike
  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 9:17 AM

Ah, that is the good thing about a public viewing area.  There were at least a half dozen people standing on those tables taking pictures of airplanes when I was there.  I assume the airport police keep watch pretty well on that area, and they are used to seeing folks taking pictures there.  That is why I was so happy that they opened that area, else if I tried taking pictures anywhere else around the airport I was afraid I would be stopped.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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