AeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
Hi! My family and I are in the process of planning our summer vacation. We have it narrowed down to Florida (we'd be flying into Orlando) and Chicago (flying into MDW). My mother told me that wherever we go, she'd let me hang around the airport for awhile and take photos. I was wondering if any of you knew good photo spots for planes at the gate, or approaching the runway at Orlando Intl (MCO), Chicago Midway (MDW) and Chicago O'Hare (ORD)? I'd really appreciate it, as is this is my first chance in my life to get photos of widebody airliners (the last time I saw one I wasn't interested in planes, and thought nothing of it)! I'm very excited about it! BTW-I know Midway doesn't get widebodies, but if we go to Chicago we'd be flying into Midway, and I'd be taking pictures at Midway and O'Hare. Also, if anyone could give me an idea of what to expect alot of at Orlando please tell me! Thanks again for your time! I really appreciate the help!
Leeuw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1844 times:
I don't agree with Midway; you won't see anything larger than 737 and 727, but I happen to like'em ! Photography is difficult, though.
www.planespotting.com has quite a bit of info, suggest to look there. Happy travels,
Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5447 posts, RR: 53 Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1843 times:
Will you have a chance to go outside at MCO, or not? Inside is still great, you can't really get anything from the inside landing on the 18's, but you can get all the British heavies landing on runway 17, and all the Delta stuff also. We'll have Saudi back in June, so that's 5 747's for MCO.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3723 posts, RR: 25 Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1839 times:
With all due respect to Mark's comments on MDW, I believe that MDW does off the photographer some possibilities. Having only flown through ORD on my many trips to Chicago, I researched all the photos in the A.Net database before writing this reply. There are some fine examples taken at MDW (some rather recently). Granted the biggest plane that MDW gets (or use to get) is ATA's 757.
Just because an airport houses no jumbos, does not necessarily mean that it is dull. The trick is to go beyond the cliche, namely the side (profile) shot, or the rotation/landing/approach shots ect... Use the buildings and the surrouding area as a back drop. If you have the time walk or rent a car, check out the parimeter of the airport. Research some of the photos of this airport in the A.Net database, you see something you like ? contact the photographer and ask his or her advice on technique, security ect... Granted you may need some 'big glass' to get some of these shots, still you should be able to get some good images with a minimal of equipment. MDW is a like BOS in one regard, in that it is very close to the downtown area and depending on the wind direction (and lenses) one could get some 'Garfinkle' type of shots say of a WN 737 as it ascends towards the skyline.
Airways magazine (Jan/Feb 1997) has a fine article on MDW as well as ORD.
AeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1786 times:
Thanks! No offense to Brick, but I know there are no widebodies at MDW . I'm getting excited about this because the last time I saw a jumbo was the last of the TWA 747-100s at their maintenance base here in Kansas City (I think it was about four years ago, I was only in like 5th grade). I knew what it was, but that was still back in the days when I thought we had substantial widebody traffic at MCI. I didn't know much then. Thanks for the help!