9 creative photo ideas to try in May 2013

01 Shoot creative spring light painting effects

06 Shoot plane trails

06 Shoot plane trails

There are plenty of stunning images of car light trails out there, but not nearly so many featuring planes. Surrey-based pro Andrew Tobin headed to Heathrow airport’s busy Terminal 5 to take this striking image.

“I wanted a twilight shot to get some colour in the sky, and I also wanted the planes taking off in the correct direction from the correct runway,” explains Andrew. “Lurking around Heathrow with a camera and tripod at night could garner unwarranted attention. However, I saw nobody and was completely undisturbed for the hour or so that I was there.

“I set up the camera (a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV) on a tripod and timed how long it would take for a landing aircraft to cross the frame. This was 15 seconds, so that was my exposure time, and I set the aperture to f/8 and the ISO to 50.

“This exposed the terminal nicely without overdoing things, and left some detail in the sky. Using a remote release, I’d wait for a plane to enter the frame, open the shutter, let it roar overhead and then close the shutter, repeating 15 times.

“Using Photoshop I then extracted the light trails from each picture and overlaid them onto each other to create the final image.”

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