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User currently offlineUA935 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 612 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2878 times:


I was just wondering about photography opportunities at Birmingham.

As it is a long weekend this week I am thinking of going on Monday morning as I haven't visited for some years.

What is photography like from the car park behind the Eurohub, I think it is the long stay car park with the viewing area. Can you get over the fence with a step ladder or is photography possible through the fence?

Any advice gratefully received.

Regards Simon

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User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2863 times:


I've not been personally since I've been into photography, but my dad called a month or so back when he was in the area.

Apparently, from in the car park (I guess the spot you mentioned), you have a good clear view with a stepladder.

He has a 70-300mm lens and has some excellent shots from there.


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User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1716 posts, RR: 61
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2841 times:

I hadn't been for years until fairly recently as I had always thought of Brum being hopeless but was very pleasantly surprised. The long stay car park is the place to go if they are landing that way (help me with runway nos somebody) but that is very expensive. The sun moves around so that for approaches it gets rather difficult after about 1pm so get there early. Taxying shots are easy and you could manage until much later for them. Steps are needed to clear the fence unless you are very tall. I am 6'4" and can only just manage.
The last time I went they were landing the opposite way and I went to Marston Green and parked near the station. They inevitably changed direction and I simply got on the train to the airport (every few mins £1.25) and caught the free bus to the long stay car park.
It worked out dead cheap too.
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User currently offlineUA935 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 612 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2832 times:


Mick, thanks for your response, what size ladder do you think you would require?

Would a small household one with say 3 steps suffice? I am 6ft.

Regards Simon

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User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1716 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 days ago) and read 2828 times:

A very small stepladder will do. The first time I went I didn't take any but a luggage trolley from the car park was enough to raise me the couple of inches needed.
Real short arses, ie less than about 5'11 1/2" might need two steps, certainly no more.
I enjoy it there and Fridays are interesting with the Uzbek and Turkmenistan 757s

User currently offlineSignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 days ago) and read 2818 times:

You might have been on this site:


Its very helpful, and this:


Cheers, Ryan  Smile

User currently offlineGPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 834 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2802 times:


Runway 33 : Go to the long-stay car-park and go as far as you can go and get as near to the end of the runway as possible. This part of the car park is new and very handy. You can get shots of traffic taxiing to, spooling up on and landing on runway 33. If runway 15 is in use you can get shots of aircraft taxiing to the terminal and taking off, although this is more difficult.

Lighting is ok in the early morning at this location, but soon gets on the wrong side of you by mid-late morning creating backlit conditions.

I've only been a couple of times this year and so that is pretty much all I can say. Oh, you'll need a small step ladder to see over the fence. Highlights for the times I go are the Continental 757's in early to mid morning and the Emirates 777 (between 12 and 1 o'clock arrival). There are other spots, but I haven't checked them out yet so won't comment, including the viewing area which was great years ago, but the fence looks a bit too much of a distraction these days.

I would like to go Monday morning, but have a weekend of someone's wedding, a house-warming to attend and visitors. Somehow I don't think I'll be able to make it! But on the off chance, if you see someone operating from a dark green VW Golf, white stepladder, glasses and dark hair in a pony-tail, pop over and say 'Hello'.

BHX Photos from my last trip can be found by typing 'jim groom birmingham 2005' into the search engine.

Best regards,


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