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User currently offlineUnited747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 83 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3547 times:

I just wanted to know how the heck you photographers get so close to those planes!? is it because you have really good zoom lenses or you can go out on the tarmack? I also was just looking at some pictures taken in Sydney, Australia and it really made me wonder, especially there.

Adam Beauchamp
Reno, NV

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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (16 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

Well, some folks are lucky enough to get on the tarmac. Most of us, like you said, use telephoto lenses. I have a 300MM lens myself.

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 5 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3285 times:

For places like Denver, all you need is a good, 4 wheel drive truck  

User currently offlineAussie From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 139 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (16 years 5 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3289 times:

Sydney is just great for shooting ... i use everything from 35-500 mm .... and all without ramp access .. all I need is my famous milkcrate ... fences are not that high in Oz ... and also being tall helps !!! If you don't believe it .. check out my shoots on airliner.net ... .

User currently offlineVH-MAK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 5 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

Yeah, sydneys a great place, check out my new pics when they are uploaded,
if you ever want a holiday come here!!!

Michae Kelly

User currently offlineF27 From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (16 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

Australia is great for taking photos, i live in Melbourne but visit all Australian airports in the major capital cities at least once a year but Sydney would have to be the best for great shots. Melbourne is also good but we do not have the traffic like they do in sydney.

User currently offlineSotomayor From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (16 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

Some folks are really lucky they live close to an airport where good shots are possible without much hassle. Other folks work at the airport and have some level of access. Some folks ask to be escorted (some credentials can help). Others have big zoom lenses.

Another lucky thing is to carry your camera with you everytime you fly. Get a good window seat and if it's daylight and the window is not too bad, you can get some interesting shots.

The example below was taken from the cabin thru a scratchy window. Needed a bit of PhotoShop processing to get close to acceptable...


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Photo © Orlando Sotomayor

User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (16 years 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

Simply answer: When possible I can go close to the planes and when not possible I use my 100-300 lens.

User currently offlineNikonman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (16 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3223 times:

I get both ramp access and shoot with my 300mm. A good lens and ladder (for us in the states where the fences are 6-8 feet hi)

Chris Coduto

User currently offlineEu From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (16 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

I live in Rio de janeiro, and the fences here are preaty far from the planes, but there is a highway close to the airport that very close to the runways, and there is a preaty good observation deck here at GIG.

ps: I've been to reno 2 years ago, it's a very nice airport! (and so is lake tahoe)

User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (16 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3190 times:

Try Scotland. Prestwick is great with a wonderful viewing gallery. Glasgow International - you need gumboots and climbing gear to scale a muddy tip which overlooks the 07 threshold. Edinburgh - there's a car park under the 24 approach. Neither are particularly photographer friendly. Down in England, Manchester where there is a great aviation viewing park with fantastic departure angles, is first class.

User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (16 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3194 times:

I hunt for pilots. I just wander around O'Hare and every pilot that comes along I ask to take me on a tour. This is usually interior-restricted, but once in a while you meet a friendly one (an AA captain took me outside his MD-80, another outside his 737-800) who'll tour you around the exterior. I've actually been inside the wheel well of an MD-80 (that guy was awesome!)... Another thing about ORD is that one runway goes up to a road and the landing aircraft are about twelve feet above your head.

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