Manzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 36 Posted (10 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4127 times:
Some might say it's an odd distinction to make, but I'd be interested to hear what you consider yourselves to be?
Personally I see myself as an Aviation Photographer and Enthusiast, but not a spotter. I go to airports occasionally, I go to most of the major airshows, and I work for an Aero Engine Manufacturer which means I get to see cool shots of aircraft and bloody great aero engines (You would not believe how big this Trent 900 is!!! ). When I hear Jet noise I look up, and occasionally wish I had my D30 with me... that and a huge and disgustingly expensive Canon 'L' lens!
I don't have an airband scanner (though every year at the airshows I start to consider it!), I don't take down aircraft registrations and I don't log aircraft movements.
Don't get me wrong, these are all harmless activites as far as I'm concerned, just not the sort of thing that interests me!
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Mirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3120 posts, RR: 15 Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4084 times:
Good question, I think there is lot of confusion between plane spotting and aviation photography nowdays. Lots of young enthusiasts think that someone taking photos of aircrafts is a plane spotter but not necessarly. I'm not a pure plane spotter, I don't write down registrations and movements but I consider myself a plane spotter with camera, an amateur aviation photographer.
Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 50 Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4077 times:
I used to consider myself a spotter, but after I saw a person at MAN photographing, making notes of time, aircraft type, airline, registration, weather conditions, rwy in use, the number of spotters etc, I came to realise that I'm just an aviation photographer.
I also received my new camera after 1.5 months of waiting recently. Finally I can take some pictures again. Maybe I'll become a spotter in time....
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FL350 From Belgium, joined Feb 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4059 times:
Same for me, not addicted to write down every reg I see, every aircraft I fly in. I love aviation, I love almost everything that flies, but I don't plan my trip to the airport in advance (exception for some very rare occasions), I like to have nice surprises which give me extra memories of my day out.
So defenitely an aviation photographer and an every day life photographer.
Photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2545 posts, RR: 19 Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4056 times:
I love the smell of Jet A in the morning...... It reminds me of Aviation!!
I just love planes and happen to be a photographer. So the two naturally go together. And other than being "forced" to try and note registration numbers so I can upload here, would never bother writing anything down. Now with digital, it's cost effective to just bang off an extra frame showing the reg numbers if possible. If not, oh well, just get a nice photo anyway.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 660 posts, RR: 17 Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4046 times:
I love the smell of Jet A in the morning
Funnily enough, one of the reasons I bought the house I'm living in - on the day we viewed, the wind was blowing from the airport, and when I went to check out the garden ....
Definitely a photographer here - and I'm often embarrassed by people emailing me with questions about flight details etc which I can't answer. I do have a scanner (bought at Duxford waiting for the flying to start), but haven't figured out how it works yet
Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4026 times:
When I go out to the airport I always take notes. If I don't write something then I don't feel right. First I was geting registrations just to have reference when I develop my pictures.
Spotters collect frames (cn/ln) and write them down. I collect pictures of US/DL fleet on the picures.
So I am 50/50
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 37 Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4017 times:
I just shoot aircraft,
Of course I have an interest in aviation, I like going to the airport, but I wouldn't go without my camera unless there was another purpose. I don't take down registrations and I don't own a scanner or anything.
Bromma1968 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4013 times:
I'm just an amateur photographer. I started photographing aircraft at age 14 with my
parents point-and-shot camera. I never really spotted at all. I accept spotters, but
personally want to be able to show a picture as "proof" of what I have seen.
Timdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 66 Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3926 times:
Primarily a photographer but I think I have some spotter elements as well, I always have a look at the reg of every plane. Mainly the cause of my slideshooting frenzy where you don't want to shoot the same plane over and over again.
BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2765 posts, RR: 19 Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3912 times:
I am an aviation photographer.
Back when I was young like in the elementary/junior high days I was a spotter going out to the airport with my mama to watch airplanes land and take off.
Things changed now, also I can't stand to be at the airport without my camera as nearly everytime I am there without my photo gear something interesting is always there and that gets me mad. When I return with my gear it departs off so I miss it.
Expanding my global domination one spotter at a time..
Sabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3855 times:
I'm a pure planespotter, and only take pictures of what I consider to be rare things. Last time I was in BRU, I took 5 pictures (three from the last RJ flight, and 2 close ups of an MS B743 + MS a/w A321 standing besides eachother).
I plann my trips far in advance, try to see as much different airports as possible, and I'm a pure registration spotter.
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