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User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9832 posts, RR: 11
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2937 times:

Hi everybody,


I am looking at planning a weekend trip to St. Maarten to photograph the aircraft there. I have a few questions:

Is the Sonesta Hotel the only hotel which gives you a view over Mahoo Beach? I'm looking at taking photos like these:


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Are these taken from the hotels you see in the background when photographing from the beach bar? A friend of mine told me that the AA 752 and LIAT DHC-8 photos were taken from the timeshare condos adjacent to Maho beach hotel, is this the hotel that is in front Sonesta hotel as seen on the photo below of the DHL Grand Caravan? Is photography from the pink and white hotel good. this hotel can be seen in below photo of a private Piper aircraft (N40267).


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And finally, what minimum lense range is required for the AA 752 and LIAT DHC-8 photos I have linked above? I told the Sonesta Hotel is the best location for aircraft photograhy but it looks far away from the beach, so I'm wondering what lense range (300mm?) is required for photography from that hotel. The Air Transat A313 photo I have linked above shows all three hotels but which one is recommended. Is the building in front of the Sonesta Hotel the timeshare condo building? Does anyone know the prices of this timeshare condo? Can it be rented just for one or two days or do you need to be a member? The reason why I ask is because there is a timesharing resort here in Curacao but you can also rent a room as a guest while not being a member. You don't have to be a member to stay over as long as you pay for the room it's okay. Does the same go for those timeshare condos?

Looking forward in your replies and thanks.

Roger

[Edited 2006-06-25 13:51:42]

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User currently offlineCxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

Hi Roger, I'm sorry I can't tell you what lens you'll need from the hotel but I know that the Sonnesta Maho Beach Resort is the best place to picture the incoming stuff, as per the top pics in your post, then of course there is the Sunset bar/cafe for shooting from the other side.

I can tell you that I used a Canon 5D (therefore full frame) when I went to SXM and I used a 24-70mm lens when shooting from the bar which was ideal. I guess a focal length of between 100-300mm would be about right from the hotel (depending on type) but as I didn't personally stay there, I can't be sure.

Good luck on your trip and don't be afraid to try some different shots of SXM - there are plenty of other places to go but very few people seem to.

All the best,

Stu  wave 


User currently offlineJetAv8r From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2886 times:

La Terrasse:


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Enjoy the trip,

Alex.


User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3996 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2876 times:

Hi Roger,

I've been there a couple of times in the past and from what I remember, 300mm "should" be fine. (Don't shoot me if I'm wrong though  Wink )


User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9832 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

Hey AirKas1,

It's been a long time hearing from you. Thanks for the tips, I hope a 300mm lense will do the trick when I take photos from the hotel. Nothing is planned yet, but I'm working on it  Smile

And JetAv8er,

Thank you for the photo links. It looks like those photos were taken from the side of the runway with the hotel to you right when facing the sea, correct? Did you stay in one the hotels there at Mahoo beach?

A388


User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

Hi Roger...

How about aerial views? I assume you'll be flying in on DAE from Curaçao right? If so, you might not have the greatest views while you're in the airplane on approach. But if you would fly in on a WinAir flight, you could get this:

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I stayed at Sonesta once and there is also a place outside of their main restaurant, on the cliff, facing south-east. THat place is not as good as the ones mentioned, the view would be this (use 200mm):

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Have fun there!


User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9832 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

Hey Edoca,

How's life over in Fiji. Thanks for your tips. I don't have anything planned yet and I will be flying DAE if I go. I just hope I will have similar views like I have posted above. If not I will just spend those days at the famous beach bar.

How's life over in Fiji, is it much different than the Caribbean? Have fun and take lots of pictures for us viewers!

Roger Big grin


User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 6):
How's life over in Fiji, is it much different than the Caribbean? Have fun and take lots of pictures for us viewers!

Hi Roger - it's very nice here, although I don't get so many chances to spot a few nice planes unfortunately. It's easier in the Caribbean, and especially in SXM! I'll let you know though...
W


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