Filter for in-flight pictures?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by -Dan-, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. -Dan-

    -Dan- Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 22, 2013
    I occasionally have the opportunity to shoot from a good perspective from an airplane but often have issues with the glare on the windows. On somewhat reoccurring routes, I know where I can sit to get very good sight of the approaching city and/or landmarks.

    Are there particular filters recommended to minimize the glare and reflection? Sometimes the windows are so old and scratched that there's probably not too much that can be improved, or can there be anything done? However, often I primarily have to deal just with the reflection in the window
  2. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    I have found that a rubber hood pressed to the window works well in museums. Not sure why an airplane would be any different.
  3. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    This, plus hand shielding additional reflections that cannot be blocked out by the hood when shooting at a sharp angle against the window...
  4. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Jeff Grant
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  5. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 16, 2011
    Hayward, WI
    William B. Lewis
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  6. -Dan-

    -Dan- Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 22, 2013
    Great, thanks a lot!
  7. Trinurse

    Trinurse Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    I polarizer is the minimum and maybe an ND filter. Meter for the bright spots, watch for reflections off the aircraft surfaces, and remember a fast shutter speeds as it (the aircraft) is moving quickly.

  8. Andym72

    Andym72 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 4, 2013
    Reading, UK
    Don't use a polarizer. The plastic on the inside of the window is already polarized, so if you use a filter as well you get these weird interference patterns.

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  9. stargate

    stargate Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 14, 2013

  10. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    No filter really required, I recommend bracketing though, and just hoping for a clean window (which is half the battle). Although this wasn't taken on m4/3 it was taken with my 12-60 on my E5. 5 Shot HDR (handheld of course) from the seat of my flight landing in Seattle in January of 2013...the colors are just about accurate to what it looked like. Best shot I ever took out an airplane window.

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  11. otaillon

    otaillon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 15, 2013
    Quebec, Canada
    What that is an impressive shot!
  12. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands

    What works well for me is a little more aggressive curves adjustment (a-shaped) in post to get rid of a bit of the haze often induced by atmospheric conditions.
  13. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Back in the film days, I used to use some sort of Tiffen UV High-Altitude Haze filter over one of my lenses when shooting out plane windows. The problem wasn't so much the haze, as much as the poor transmission of those windows!

    I don't really know if those Tiffen filters actually made much of a difference. I always enhance my photos on the computer or in the darkroom anyway.
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