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User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

Hey Everyone,
I'm not really a big photographer guy but I figured I would get the best response here. I'm going to be down in Atlanta next month. The guy i'm staying with lives in Peachtree City so i'll be passing ATL a few times while i'm down there since i'm driving down from NC. If you are like me you have this weird thing about passing BIG airports and not spotting to watch the planes.

I was just wondering if there were some good areas to watch planes at and not be hassled by security or law enforcement.

Thanks in advance,

Adam  Smile

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User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3013 times:

I hate to say it but I have not found a great place to spot. I spot from the top of the South Terminal parking garrage. It depends on which direction the planes are taking off as to whether it is a good spot. If they are landing in front of you, it is awesome; if they are taking off towards you, there's not much to see. Also, the lighting is tough. Unless there are clouds, the late afternoon is not a great time to spot. I have been kicked out once by the police, but it was terror alert "orange." I have also been given permission to stay by police. Fortunately though, the police officer just meanders around on a bicycle with a six foot orange flag flying on the back, making him easy to spot even when he is on the other side of parking deck. Here is a picture of mine from that spot:


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If the planes are taking off towards you, which they seem to usually be doing, that is pretty much the only kind of shot you can get. Have fun though! It's still worth your time.

-Airplanetire


User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3008 times:
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There are two more excellent spots to take and just watch from.

The only way I can describe for you is to go here:

http://www.bruceleibowitz.net/planespotting_atl.htm

The two spots are at the bottom very good and was not bothered at all.




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User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2953 times:

Thank you guys for the suggestions!

Adam  Smile


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