Andrewuber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2420 times:
I would think that 25,000 feet is a bit high for a good airport overview, unless you have a large telephoto lens, which is probably hard to use in a passenger cabin. Try to catch airports while you're on approach or departure.
On my way back to Chicago, I captured this photo of a very busy Midway airport. We were well into the descent into ORD when I took this photo:
US333 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2392 times:
I took this while we were on approach into Eagle County up in the Rockies. We went right past Denver and I just had to use my 28-135 lens. I then went to my zoom and it just wasn't able to focus on anything close from that height. Hope this helps.
Leviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2381 times:
Tricks ? Not really, it's basically up to how hazy the weather is and if you are lucky enough to be able to pick up the camera, switch it on, focus and shoot before it's too late. I have had close calls a few times, managed to get a "a.net worthy" pic once. But it was more luck than talent. Farnborough in August, I did not even recognize the airport, got help from the guys in the forum. And of course, I have found that post processing is even more important and difficult in shots like these than regular side shots at an airport.
Sometimes you get a suprise. I expected this picture of the CDG terminal to be too hazy when I took it. Adjusting levels in photoshop made it an acceptable picture. My images of the whole airport lacked the quality.
Photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2870 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2318 times:
I think it's mostly a matter of being ready when the opportunity presents itself. If you have to scramble around into your bag to grab your camera when you see a shot, by then it's too late. Be prepared and you can catch some good stuff.
Here's one I caught of Toronto's (YYZ) runway intersection while taking off from a parallel runway.
CactusHP From United States of America, joined May 2004, 348 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2259 times:
I think the easiest way to take airport overviews is in descent or ascent. Up at the higher altitudes there are more particles in the air which typically makes the picture turn out hazy. I took this picture on decent to MSP on a HP 757 PHX-MSP. Hope this helps.
BA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2184 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2213 times:
When i flew SVQ-LHR in May 03 we passed MAD to our right. I guess by that time we would've been at least 25,000....if not already at FL330 where we cruised. My camera at the time was only about a 100mm equivalent, but i got this shot: