May 20, 2018

Mind Your Head

While driving home from Old Town, San Diego, I decided to do some ‘plane spotting'. I went to this point near the San Diego airport where, as from what I have heard, the airplanes reach the lowest point over a building before landing. While the sun was setting I got this perfectly lit photo of a plane flying over a parking garage.

I used a tripod and the following camera settings: Aperture f6, Shutter Speed 1/500s, Manual Focus – because you only have a split of a second to focus and auto focus will be too slow, Matrix Metering, Exposure -1/3 (to compensate for the bright sky). Focal length for the lens: 28 mm.

To get the right composition was more tricky as I had to capture the photo with the airplane wing intersecting with the corners of the building! Had to do a couple of trial shots to get that right.


  1. Trippie Visser says:

    A very colourful picture. I like the contrast of the yellow building with the blue sky.
    The plane looks massive against the building – must be tricky to capture such a good photo.
    Well done, Francois!

    • Thank you Trippie. Receiving such a compliment from a seasoned photographer as you are is a huge compliment. It is more the patience to get a plane at exactly the right angle that makes it tricky.

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