Bigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 53 Posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2344 times:
While special circumstances may present itself, like speical flights or special access, I must say that I become very demotivated to go out and take pictures at the airport during the hot summer months.
Summer brings the following deterrents to my mind like hazy/smoggy skies, heat haze on everything in site and the worry about my camera going from a very hot and humid environment to the cool drier indoors (possibly creating condensation inside the camera).
I just don't see myself getting up at 5:30AM to go take pics of planes at sunrise until the temperature drops somewhere around mid-September.
Does anyone else get this feeling at any certain time of year? What are your deterrents?
IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2343 times:
Yep, I know what you mean Phil...
I feel like I'm stuck in a rut at the moment. Every time I come home from the airport, I seem to have taken more of the same kind of shots. Completely my own doing of course. I should go wander around a bit more to find new angles, but so far that hasn't really worked out yet. The daytime is off limits now, as heat haze ruins most shots, and in the evening the traffic is slow and without surprises (unless you're a "numbers"-spotter). Getting up at 5:30am to catch the heavies coming in is also not something you'd like to do every day. I still go to the airport every once in a while (mostly in the evening with the nice light), and hopefully some weird weather conditions might create some cool opportunities this summer.
And hopefully on my next holiday I will get some nice 'new-for-me' shots, but my destination is one of the most overphotographed airports around (guess!). So uploading shots from there won't really be an added value to the db.
So I expect a reduction in uploads... We'll see...
Deterrents? The beach... Drink beer on a sunny terrace in Amsterdam with friends... Play football (excuse me... soccer) in the park... Plenty of other stuff to do!
LGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2293 times:
I know what you mean about summer. I love summer in general because of the hot weather and the amount of sunshine in comparison to the rest of the year.
For photography it can be a bit tough and equally annoying. What I do personally is book a couple of trips away each summer for photography so I can get away from the normal routine of my local airports (although looking at the weather forecast for my first trip away I doubt heat haze will be a problem!). This helps to break up the summer and also try a few sessions of sunrise and sunset shots.
Of course as the summer arrives you can shoot less and have the benefit of being able to do other stuff more so than in other seasons.
RG828 From Brazil, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
I was thinking the same thing.
I absolutely love the extra-long daylight hours, but at the airport its a killer! The heat haze is murderous, and the sun takes its toll on my poor skin. Its definitely been holding me back from going to the airport much.
I even feel sorry for my camera, as it can get quite warm.
I dont know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 810 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
LOL - I'm just the opposite to you Phil ... I live for the summer, when the REAL airplanes come out to play (warbirds and classics). For me, shooting airliners is fill-in activity for the winter months.
Try this - find yourself a GA field (preferably with a grass strip) that holds informal flyins (not an airshow as such), and pay a visit on a sunny weekend. Now you may hate it, but chances are you'll love the atmosphere and the chance to shoot from a variety of angles and (depending on the organisers) get real close. You'll also meet some interesting folk - all with a true passion for aviation.
Timdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 63
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2240 times:
I for one love shooting in summer. After 5pm the nice light hits you and you can shoot all the way up till 9pm. At AMS you can also do those great sunrise shots, although I've had about enough of those
On those really hot days I ride my bike to the beach in the morning and afternoon and return for shooting.
TravelRalf From Germany, joined Jun 2004, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2164 times:
Same here at Frankfurt. Camera stays at home during the day in summer but after work in the evening it's always worth to check out the traffic. If only the sun would shine a little bit more in germany...
I just love the shots with the evening sun at rwy 18:
Jofa From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 320 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2141 times:
Summer has some advantages over winter, the warm air that makes it possible to shoot anytime without having to wear your whole wardrobe (fingers not frozen to the bone). The sun stays up for much longer; 5am-10pm (17 hours) compared to 9am-4pm (7 hours) in the winter. Beeing able to shoot even the extremely early and the really late movements. Oh and finally, the warm morning and evening light.
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5084 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2092 times:
Phil must be in the minority - everyone loves to take pics in the nice summer weather; notice how big the queue is lately? and i'm sure that New York City summer humidity is nothing compared to the south although our weather here in the southeast US has been rain, rain, rain, all the time lately.
I'm just bummed out about my situation in life which has me living in this town with our small airport....sure, they tell me i can shoot from the garage but I need a 400mm lens!
We got a MK 747 coming tonight but i got this little deterrent called "work". Ahh, maybe i can slip out. who knows.
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2082 times:
Phil....get out of the city and shoot some GA stuff as Colin says. Hit the Old Rhinebeck airport...not all that far from the city.
The camera is meant to be used. Go shoot other stuff. NYC is a photographers dream. Shoot the city in daytime, nighttime, rain, sun. Hell, jsut the Brooklynn bridge. All it can do is make you an even better photographer!
Erwin972 From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 500 posts, RR: 41
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1992 times:
Why isn't the summer great for some shooting? Okay, you have to get up early to shoot some planes, but after 9am you quit and there is still a whole day ahead! You could also explore some night shooting!