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User currently offlineCschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1246 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5196 times:

Previous archived threads discuss runway construction that means there aren't many opportunities from the parking garage right now. But would the garage still be worth it for ramp shots...or is it better to just head out to sunset park for landings? I'm hoping to get there mid November.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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User currently offlineAdamWright From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5186 times:

When I was up there, I didnt see any possiblilty of getting a 'good' ramp shot.

But, exploring is what most of picture taking is about to me. So, be creative and try new things. You can be lik 90% of everyone else and shoot from the viewing park (Which I am guilty of) but going out and finding a new spot can be twice as fun. (I'd stil drop by the viewing park though between 3-5 pm ! to get some of the killer light).  Wink

-Good luck!


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7458 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5181 times:

I'll be there for Nellis in 3 weeks  Smile I tried Sunset Park (down by Taco Bell) for approach shots when I was there in April. Too bad I can't get Phillipine (they come in around 6PM and you know in Nov,it'll be dark @ 5pm  Sad


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User currently offlineFightingDingo From United States of America, joined May 2004, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5166 times:

Is the viewing park located on sunset road?
What road is Sunset park on?
What runways are usually in use during the winter?

Thanks,
Zach


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7458 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5164 times:

Sunset park is like a mile past the viewing area. Down by the plaza w/Taco Bell in it. On the right . You'll see the Tennis Courts.


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User currently offlineDavidYYC From Canada, joined Sep 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5142 times:

I will also be in LAS over the week-end of 12-13th for the Aviation Nation Airshow. Anyone else ever been to that airshow in the past? Any good opportunities for photos?

User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7458 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5090 times:

David,this will be my first time @ Nellis,too . Not sure what to expect.


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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5086 times:

Yes I have shot in various spots on Sunset. Don't forget that spot right in front of Jacks on LVB. I believe the runway construction has closed 19L, if they are using 19R for departures you can get some great rotation shots from that spot. One of my favorites!

User currently offlineCschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5086 times:

Sounds like going up and down Sunset makes sense. Thanks for the tips.

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7458 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5083 times:

There is also a spot I found by accident. There is a small turn-off across from Mandalay.I got a nice shot of a Thomas Cook 763 from there between the gate posts. Also,I found a nice spot down by FX.


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User currently offlineUALDUDE From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5072 times:

For approach shots for 25L, which is most common arrival runway for airline traffic, there is shopping plaza on the southwest corner of Sunset/Eastern. I use this all of the time. The aircraft are at a perfect height, but you do have to shoot between light poles. This seems to be the perfect spot because at Sunset Park I find them to be too high and further down Sunset you start getting the fence in your approach shots. The parking lot on Sunset is great if you have a ladder, the fence is tall. If you are good at shooting between the fence it will work also. I find this very difficult. Good luck! If I am around those days, I will come out and meet you guys.

User currently offlineFightingDingo From United States of America, joined May 2004, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5058 times:

Quoting UALDUDE (Reply 10):
there is shopping plaza on the southwest corner of Sunset/Eastern. I use this all of the time. The aircraft are at a perfect height,

Is this the place you were talking about?

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/4816/453453hhgbn7kc.jpg

What do the cops think of this spot? Last time at LAS I was spotting on Patrick Ln. and was told to leave by the FAA.

Zach


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5051 times:

Yep, that looks like it's it. I have never been hassled anywhere in LAS when I shoot. That spot is good for arrivals on 25L.

User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7458 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5039 times:

Oh yeah,I found this nice spot when the 1's are used late in the day  Smile

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Photo © Scott Kerhaert


Especially neat to see the 'Janets' return home.



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5036 times:

Quoting United_fan (Reply 13):
Oh yeah,I found this nice spot when the 1's are used late in the day

Nice shot! Did you shoot that from Terrible's? They don't use the 1s a lot but when they do it is awesome!  biggrin 


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7458 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5028 times:

NIK,Close . It's @ the intersection by the old car carriers. I also read that the Embassy Suites is good for the 19's. Is it ?


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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5027 times:

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 15):
NIK,Close . It's @ the intersection by the old car carriers.

Oh Ok, I was getting gas one evening and had this WN 737 come right over me! Real close!

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 15):
I also read that the Embassy Suites is good for the 19's. Is it ?

That's on Paradise. Most spot's there are good. I shoot in the UNLV parking lot. If the sun is right they come right past you on short final to 19R. There is also an opening in the fence where you can walk right up and shoot through the openings and get good shots. Though with 19L closed you won't have them right in front of you.


User currently offlineUALDUDE From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4985 times:

Yes, that is the spot in the picture. I have never been hassled there ever in 10 years of shooting from there. I was shooting there a couple of weeks ago and some cops were transferring a prisoner from the police car to the paddy wagon in that parking lot and they didn't even hardly look at me. Like I said, the only down side is that you have to shoot between light poles, but they are a good distance apart and it really is pretty easy.

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7458 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4957 times:

I was only talked to by the LVMPD once , but I saw the cop looking at me,so I walked up to his car. He was very cool,telling me that people come from England to watch planes. You see,in LAS,they understand that people watch planes as a hobby. While here in ROC,you're viewed as a weirdo-o terrorist.

Lastly,Sundays are great days to spot. VS,JL,BD and My Travel come in then. I'd love to get a Omni DC-10 and HA 76 shot this time . Just can't drink too much Sat Nite  eyebrow 



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User currently offlineDacman From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 444 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4803 times:

Hello All,

There will be a group of us (A.Net photographers) at LAS Nov 9th - 13th for LAS shooting and the Nellis AFB Show on Saturday.

We will mainly be at the spots mentioned (Sunset Plaza / Eastern and Sunset) and the (observation lot / on Sunset). If in the observation lot look for a group with one very tall 10ft ladder (I use it in the lot this way I don't violate the 4 foot rule next to the fence / never a problem with Ops or P.D.)

This is our annual get together in Vegas and everyone is invited to join us. I drive a Ford Windstar van with (LGBGUY) as my license plate you can't miss it.

Hope to see some of you in LAS next week.

Mike
dacman
LAX/LGB Local



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User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4788 times:

See you in LAS hopefully then Mike - I might even bring that slide!  Wink

Andy

PS: Not arriving until Friday evening though, leaving again the following Monday evening


User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7458 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4778 times:

I'll definitely look for LGBGUY's license plate . Looking forward to some nice weather and the European heavies on Sunday!


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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4773 times:

Quoting Dacman (Reply 19):
We will mainly be at the spots mentioned (Sunset Plaza / Eastern and Sunset) and the (observation lot / on Sunset). If in the observation lot look for a group with one very tall 10ft ladder (I use it in the lot this way I don't violate the 4 foot rule next to the fence / never a problem with Ops or P.D.)

Your right, it was so funny I was spotting at the viewing area one day last March and some guy had come to shot the Primaris 757. He kept taking his ladder out of his car and putting back in his car for every plane he shot because he was paranoid. Too funny.

Won't be getting out there till the Dec 30th.  mad 

Enjoy guys. Don't forget to indulge in some night life too!  sly 


User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4773 times:

Glad to see a good group will be going to the airshow. It will be nice to put faces with names. I hope to do some photography at McCarran as well as Nellis. My wife and I will be there on Friday departing Sunday evening. She tolerated the Moscow show really well and should do likewise here.
Gary
Cottage Grove, MN



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User currently offlineDacman From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 444 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4743 times:

Andy,

Great, I look forward to seeing you.

Shoot me an e-mail and I will give you my cell number so that you can contact me when you arrive in LAS. We are staying at the Palace Station which is located on W. Sahara Ave.

I'm just back from two weeks in the U.K. so I'm still getting back in the swing of things here in SoCal. Had two beautiful shooting days, one day in Glasgow (a week ago Thursday) and this past Tuesday at Gatwick. Only rained on me three days during the trip.

I look forward to seeing the slide too......hehehehehe.

See you next week.

Mike
dacman
LAX/LGB Local



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25 Post contains images United_fan : The weather is supposed to be mostly cloudy next Sunday,but hopefully the forecast will change. I'd at least like to have Sunday be nice
26 Post contains images CO777 : Mike,see i told you i bring good weather to all. Jason Whitebird
27 Dacman : Jason, I'm still not convinced, due to the fact that both you and Bill Hough will be in LAS this week, I feel the "Perfect Storm" brewing ........hehe
28 Post contains links and images QANTAS077 : i'm headed to Vegas in 8 weeks...can someone point out the better spots on this airport map for me? thanks
29 NIKV69 : Once you are there Monty it's easy to find the good spots. Sunset Rd will probably be your best bet since they are working on 19L. If they are using 1
30 QANTAS077 : thanks for that Nick, looking forward to LAS and the nightlife especially! tried to make it out in dec 2004 but my back injury was in full swing back
31 Post contains images NIKV69 : No problem Monty, Ahh yes, the Vegas nightlife. Quite good. I pull into IFP December 30th. Let me know when you are in town. I plan on many trips up t
32 QANTAS077 : i am in town from 28 jan to 1 feb... iten is as follows Per-Mel 16 jan Mel-Lax 18 jan Lax-Ewr 20 jan Ewr-Ord-Mia 24 jan Mia-Ord-Las 28 jan Las-Lax-Jfk
33 DLKAPA : Myself and nosedive will be in town on the 3rd of January for the day, if anybody could show us around the place a little bit that'd be nice.
34 Post contains images F4wso : I thought the Vegas Nightlife would be spent in a hotel room editing the day's photography? What else is there to do? Whatever it is, it surely can't
35 Post contains images NIKV69 : Great time to be in Vegas, wx should be nice! I will drive up one of those days. I should also be able to drive up that day. Like I told Monty it's v
36 F4wso : I am sure my wife would prefer this option Gary Cottage Grove, MN, USA
37 QANTAS077 : don't make it the 31st whatever you do, i plan on driving to the Grand Canyon that day and returning on the 1st for my redeye back to JFK. let me kno
38 Post contains images NIKV69 : I could do whatever, I always take two to three trips up to LAS where I stay 3 days. Or I can just drive up in the morning and drive back. We will fi
39 Post contains images QANTAS077 : 29th or the 30th are the best Nick, 28th i arrive late in the arvo from Chicago and i like to allow 2 days in case the weather goes to shit n back! ni
40 Post contains images FLY2HMO : Me and pretty much the whole ERAU PRC campus will be at nellis for this weekend. I guess it'll be easy to identify a bunch of geeks with tripods and h
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