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SOU: Could Someone Recommend A Reasonable Spot?  
User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2037 posts, RR: 32
Posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

I'm new to A-net (and aviation photography) and I wondered if anyone could recommend a good location for photography at Southampton. I live, ironically, under one of the departure routes, and work right under the approach for rwy 02, but it's totally impractical for me to even attempt some pictures.

I've got my mitts on a half decent Sigma 100-300mm lens, and I'm itching to have a go with it!


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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 769 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

Fencing and persistent security have made the best spots difficult in recent months. The top of the car park is ideal, BUT you'll need a narrow lens to poke through the fencing and you'll be chased off in short order.

The best alternate is the raised mound along side the railway track towards the long term car park ... 300mm is about right. Note this is afternoon only as otherwise you're shooting into the sun.

The other option for 02 arrivals are the fields around Mansbridge - there is an empty field by Itchen View which should be OK with your lens, or you can follow the Itchen trail up to the motorway and take close head on shots by the approach lights.

Oh yes, the cemetery in Mansbrige is pretty good .. if you don't mind the company  Smile

Cheers,

Colin



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User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2037 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Thanks. I'll have a look around when I get a mo - I don't have transport so it sounds like the hill near the railway would be best for me. I'll have to wonder up there at some point and take a look.

I used the airport to go to Malaga back in June, and I was disappointed to see that there was only an indoor viewing area that overlooked the ramp (pretty sure you know it) with some fairly thick glass.

I work in St. Marys, and occasionally (when I've been outside, and the aircraft using 02 have actually ended up right overhead) I've had the most brilliant views - there is some building work taking place which has resulted in a bit of open space.



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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 769 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

If you like overhead, you should wander up to Bitterne Park, to the top of the hill sometime - you can see why some of the locals complain!

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2823 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

You should speak to Justin, aka JKW777, he lives right by SOU and has some good pics of it!


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He shoud be able to give you advice on where to shoot from!!!

Chris



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User currently offlineTayloss From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2055 times:

The observation desk is also another option, although shooting through glass has problems! I live in Fareham, not far away, and can second all the positions above.

I find it a shame that the car park is out of bounds, although you can take shots if you stay close to your car.

This is my first post! I finally plucked up the courage  Smile

Chris.


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 2040 times:

Chris Sharps,

Thanks for plugging my pics  Big thumbs up

There are a few spots mentioned above which I visit regularly.

Car Park:

It is situated opposite the terminal, walk in, turn left and you will see two lifts. Jump in one and hit the top floor button. (Which is 2 I think  Laugh out loud) Walk out when it stops and turn right, you will see the airfield now. Keep walking and approach the fence and you should be faced with a few aircraft. The only problem is the fence they have put up, so many shots ruined due to it. So getting those ones above where pretty hard  Sad

The Mound:

This place is a 5-10 minute walk. Come out of the terminal, turn left walk until you hit the road crossing. Cross the road and head to the right. It is a very long stretch of road but if you keep following it up and you will come to a bend, follow the bend and look immediately to your left and there will be a grass hill. Now breathe in, and climb the hill. Turn around, wow!  Smile Only problem with this place is the sun is in an arkward position. But not too bad in the summer so I am told!

If you are in the area on a Saturday or Sunday drop me an e-mail. I will be happy to meet up!

Colin,

What road in Bitterne is it? Sounds good to me.

Thanks,

Justin  Big thumbs up

Edit: I have not had any problems with the BAA Staff on the car park to date!?!

[Edited 2004-03-04 20:11:59]

User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2037 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Sounds like a great idea! I need to check what the prettier half has 'planned' for me (and hope there isn't this damn fog!) and I'll let you know!


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User currently offlineTayloss From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

Hi Guys,

I'm up for a met on Sunday if you are all interested?

Thanks,
Chris
Fareham, EGHI nutter  Smile


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Chris,

Not sure on what I'll be doing on Sunday but it sounds pretty good! I fly to MAN tomorrow and arrive back here later that evening. Sunday's weather looks pretty damn good too, drop me an e-mail with the times that you are thinking of going down.

Justin  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2037 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Email sent! Sounds like fun - I should be around Sunday, and I can get the train up to Parkway easily enough.

[Edited 2004-03-05 22:12:44]


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User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

Hello,
I will fly to SOU next week Sunday (14MAR), on Eastern's Saab 2000 from NCL. Scheduled arrival is around 1800h, so probably to late to get some photos?
Cheers,
Tom


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 769 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

Justin - there is a road (Dell Road I think) which runs alongside a school in Bitterne Park. From the top of that you can actually look down on the airport, and, with a long lens, shoot down on aircraft approaching 02. But anywhere around there should give you good approach shots if you can find an angle free of trees/houses.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineTayloss From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

Hi Guys,

Perhaps short notice, but i think that next weekend would proberly be better for us all.

If any of you would like to meet up at SOU then drop me an email and we can all arrange a time.

I have sent an email to Justin, so lets swap email address and meet  Smile

Thanks,
Chris


User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2037 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

I'm easy either way - I can do both, although Sunday is my preferred day. Let me know what you guys decide - I've opened up my contact details so I can accept messages!

Looking forward to it.



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User currently offlineTayloss From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

Hi Justin, and Sulman,

Sent you both an email via A.net.

Please drop me a mail to arrange next Sunday.. Thats better for me too  Smile

Thanks,
Chris


User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

Hi again folks,

when approximately is sunset these days in SOU? I guess 18:30ish will be too late for some action photography? So on 14thMAR I would be up for some night photos (if possible) and maybe a pint or two afterwards. Still have to get somehow by train from SOU to Milton Keynes though...

If anyone's around next Sunday evening, please drop me a mail via the contact fundtion in my profile.

Cheers,

Tom


User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2037 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

I'm not sure exactly when sunset is, but it will be pretty dim by 1830. If you need to get to Milton Keynes, you've probably got a limited window, thanks to our wonderful rail system. Here's a link to the online timetable:

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

There's always time for beer  Smile



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User currently offlineTayloss From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Hi Sulman,

So, are you guys up for coming out for piccy taking next Sunday?

Be good to meeting you both, including you Justin!

Thanks
Chris


User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2037 posts, RR: 32
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

Yeah, sure thing. Should be great fun. The light has been fantastic in the afternoon these last two days as well.




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User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1861 times:

OK folks,
instead of being limited by a rail schedule, I have hired a car to get from SOU to Milton Keynes in the evening. So if anybody is still there after the arrival of the Eastern Saab 2000 I would be up for a meeting. No beer for me though...that's the drawback of the rental car.

Cheers,
Tom


User currently offlineTayloss From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

Hi Sulman, Tom,

Ok Guys.. I will send you an email so that we can arrange a good meeting place. Justin is going to let me know if he can make it.

It would be good to meet you Tom  Smile

And you of course Sulman!!

Email been sent to you both

Chris


User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

Hi Chris,

you got mail!

Cheers, Tom


User currently offlineTayloss From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1778 times:

Hi Guys,

See you all at 12:00 today at Southampton Parkway Station, hopefully Justin will be there too?

Thanks,
Chris


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1780 times:

Hi there guys,

Sorry but I can't make it today, maybe another time perhaps.

Rain is on the cards too!

Hope you all enjoy yourselves,

Regards,

Justin  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2037 posts, RR: 32
Reply 25, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1748 times:

How about arranging this again? Shame it wasn't today - the weather's gorgeous, still, that's life!  Smile

I'm actually on leave this week, with the exception of Wednesday when I'm travelling, so I can do any day. Let me know if you want to meet up!

Cheers


James



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