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Photographing From Aeroplanes

ARI 20 602 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2021 5:08PM
Gooday and trust all are keeping well. The question I have is aimed at folk who have been involved with aerial recon. During the lockdown, spent time with utube watching docus of air warfare over Vietnam. There very interesting accounts from pilots who flew photo recon missions with fast jets. How dos a camera manage to take sharp and detailed pictures when the ground speed is 400+ mph at 500 ft high. The film is developed and prints are ready to be perused by the intel specialists in about 30 minutes from the aircraft being parked. Similarly with recon pictures taken by satellites, the camera is some 200 miles in orbit, travelling with an estimated ground speed of 11,000+ mph, captures sharp and detailed pictures of road signs and people. Resolution of the glass and shutter must be top notch and higher to produce such pictures on what is essentially auto focus on 'P' mod. I have taken pictures from the window from10,000ft up wards, with Film and digital slr, RUBBISH.
How does this work.....
LenShepherd 14 4.6k United Kingdom
21 Oct 2021 8:54AM
Its not impossible 76803_1634802336.jpg

Apologies for the dust marks - my Lightroom clone tool is not working.
This is through a civilian aircraft window - taken hand held on film.
I could post process to get more detail and sharpness.

As to photos from fighter jets at 500 feet - I speculate the aperture was set in advance of take-off dependent on the weather - and the pilot fired the camera instead of dropping bombs.
A shutter speed of 1/2000 should stop a lot of potential subject movement with a camera aimed straight ahead.

5 seconds later the fighter jets had switched in formation from the starboard to the port civilian aircraft wing tip.
LenShepherd 14 4.6k United Kingdom
21 Oct 2021 9:09AM
Lightroom clone still not working.
An unexpected event taken hand held in heavy rain - ground to air - from about 50% of a 35mm slide.
There is enough information to work out the basics of midair refuelling.
LenShepherd 14 4.6k United Kingdom
24 Oct 2021 9:37PM
Clone issue resolved.
Two versions to look at.

ARI 20 602 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2021 1:49PM
Thank u for yr sample pics. My question relates to pics taken from the altitude of the ground. The pics that was half satisfying were slide film pics taken over deserts. Pics taken from a few hundred meters high from a balloon were acceptable too.

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