727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6698 posts, RR: 20 Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2596 times:
I see that Delta has $160 roundtrip TPA-PHX. but I see that PHX is an east-west oriented airport. Are their good photo oppurtunities at this time of year? At work now, can't show any specific pics as examples.
I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5067 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2512 times:
Well... being aviation photographers we almost have to be sun-worshippers (or else the dreaded backlit or contrast shots, and believe me I know how those feel!). Just follow the sun...
In late fall to early spring the sun is further south, so shooting anything facing north should be good. In the hot summer when the sun is farthest north you'd want to face south especially 2 hours before sunset...so at PHX, I'm assuming that you can turn around and face the south ramp/runway and still get good shots?
As for the bridge crossing shots, If I recall the PHX map you would be facing west or east when shooting shots like the ones posted above? That would not work too good in late afternoon.
what about shooting areas on the ground? is PHX pretty friendly toward photographers/enthusiasts?
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
Prok From Netherlands, joined May 2005, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2499 times:
Quoting Bruce (Reply 4): what about shooting areas on the ground? is PHX pretty friendly toward photographers/enthusiasts?
There are some, next to rwy 26 and the parking lot in front of 25L/R. There is a fence though...If you stand on one of the roofs of the terminal there will be a possibility you'll meet up with the police or security. Some of them don't understand why you're up there (especially if your not American) and it'll take you quite some time and you'll miss the BA747
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 13112 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2477 times:
I spent a couple of days at PHX in early Feb and the weather was great the first day, but very dull the second. From the perspective of sun position, shooting to the south from the car parks is tricky when the sun is shining. The taxiway bridge can be good morning or afternoon (but need to change car parks), anything to the north is good all day.
Personally, I found T4 car park the best. You'll either get good take offs or landings on the north runway (it was take-offs when I was there).
You can use a shuttle bus to get between the terminals. It is also possible to shoot from T2. I never went there, but I have heard that the views are somewhat obstructed. In winter the top of T4 is fine (but still warm), but the top level of T3 has a fence - you need to go down a level. I believe there is a spot to the south of the south runway, but that would require a car (which I didn't have in Phoenix).
I really liked PHX - lots of variety (both airlines and types), several reasonable places to shoot. I was checked out a couple of times by security, but it was all very friendly.