|47mm f/5.6 1/60sec ISO200|
Yesterday morning I had to go to our airport and I thought I could use the chance and take some photos of planes being de-iced. Some years ago the airport re-arranged it's apron due to a new runway and created areas dedicated for aircraft de-icing. There is one place outside the fence which is high enough to get a nearly free view of that area. My idea was to go this place because it was freezing cold and in the morning there should be high traffic. Since this apron area is dedicated to de-icing I was optimistic in getting lots of photo chances. When arriving there my hopes have been proved true, because there was a big plane currently being de-iced. I was a bit disappointed to have missed it, but was still sure it wouldn't take long for next one. So I prepared my camera and waited in my warm car. And waited and waited and waited.
|47mm f/5.6 1/80sec ISO200|
After another half hour of waiting the truck drivers suddenly left their cars and went out for a break. I have been waiting another half hour before I gave up and went back home. From the many photo chances I was hoping to get only one actually happened. I was a bit frustrated, but that's life.
The camera setup: My EOS 600D was mounted on a tripod and had my EF-S 18-55mm kit lens attached. Since it was dark and gray I switched my camera into Av mode with a fixed ISO value of 200 and set aperture to the lowest possible value of f/5.6 to get faster shutter speeds. I could have selected a higher ISO value but I wanted to reduce image noise as much as possible. Additionally, camera shake protection was activated, but I forgot to disable image stabilization at lens, as it is recommended when using a tripod. To further prevent camera shakes I used the 2 seconds timer controlled release. Shutter speed was calculated by camera automatically.