Sulman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2028 posts, RR: 35 Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1683 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!
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 530 posts, RR: 18 Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1664 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
Sulman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2028 posts, RR: 35 Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1656 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.
Jkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1583 times:
Thanks for plugging my pics
There are a few spots mentioned above which I visit regularly.
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 ) 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
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! 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!
What road in Bitterne is it? Sounds good to me.
Edit: I have not had any problems with the BAA Staff on the car park to date!?!
Jkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1544 times:
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.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 530 posts, RR: 18 Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1502 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.
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 15 Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1464 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.
Sulman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2028 posts, RR: 35 Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1454 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:
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 15 Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1404 times:
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.