JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1620 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1624 times:
I'll have a number of hours on Tuesday 4/19 for some photography out at Heathrow. I've been there before for photography from the Renaissance Hotel and from Myrtle Avenue, and am familiar with directions to both places. I do have a couple of questions, however - I know Myrtle Ave. is good for 27L arrivals, and I also know about the spot for 27R arrivals. They are both excellent spots, particularly Myrtle Ave. But what if planes are landing to the east using the 9s? Are there any good photo spots that are within walking distance of the terminals or at least accessible by bus?
Also, my last stay at the Renaissance was in July, and even then the sun angle wasn't ideal from the hotel. I suspect this time of year the sun is even further to the south and I'd be getting some very backlit shots from there. Is it even worth it to go over to the Renaissance or the LHR Visitors Center for photography?
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1620 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1416 times:
Well, the dreaded 09s were indeed in use on Tuesday for my visit. The weather was also crap, so I went into London for most of the day to sightsee and came back at around 4:30 p.m. and got off at the Hatton Cross tube stop. I took a 285 bus over to the Renaissance Hotel, then transferred to the 81 bus. There was no "Moor Bridge" station listed on the map at the bus stop, so I simply went to the roundabout at Stanwell Moor Road and got off, then walked down for a few hundred yards to catch arrivals on 09L. There were two cars pulled off to the side with spotters in them, and I saw a little trail carved down into a field where I could take some shots. It wasn't a great location, as the late afternoon light meant I really need to be shooting off to the east as much as possible. I went back up to the road, which yielded a good angle, but man, what an unpleasant spot! Cars, trucks and buses whizzed by at probably 60-70 mph just a few feet away. Coupled with a brisk, chilly wind and generally overcast skies, I was not a happy camper. This was NOT Myrtle Avenue, but maybe next time I'm in town landings will be to the west.
BTW, did I get the location right for photography or is there a better spot than this for 09L arrivals?
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1620 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1374 times:
"Most photographers use the field along side the road but set back from the approach lights towards the line of trees!"
I was afraid to go far into the field as I was crossing a fence line and thought that I'd be doing some pretty serious trespassing by going in there. I didn't want to get anywhere near those approach lights and have someone think I was trying to cause harm. Of course, that's probably just my U.S. mentality showing through, but in unfamiliar turf better safe than sorry, I suppose. I do, however, acknowledge that field would be a good spot in better weather. And yes, I've experienced the dog mess at Myrtle Avenue, plus some rather foul-smelling decaying animal that was somewhere in the hedges along the border on my last visit there.