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New To SFO: Any Good Spotting Areas?  
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1751 posts, RR: 26
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5473 times:

As I have just moved to San Francisco, I am new to SFO (I've never been there before).

So, from any SFO regulars on here, I'd like to know more about spotting spots at SFO--good spots for photography, views, how to get to them, etc. I'm living in the Mission Bay area.



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User currently offlineFlamedude707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5425 times:

SFO isn't much good if you don't have at least 400mm of glass. Also, there isn't much of any place to spot inside the terminals, and whenever I seem to get a good shot, the windows leave this ugly green tint resulting in a color rejection. There is a great website for all the three bay area airports, explaining almost everything you need to know. For some reason the link i try to post isn't working so just type "Golden Gate Airliners flygga tripod" into to google and it is the first hit shown.


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User currently offlineAAL151Heavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5375 times:
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Photography at SFO is difficult due to the distance. Although if all you want to do is to watch, Bayfront Park is an excellent location for that. I suggest drive yourself south and come to SJC where the weather and photo conditions are so much better.


User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5346 times:

Quoting Flamedude707 (Reply 1):
Also, there isn't much of any place to spot inside the terminals, and whenever I seem to get a good shot, the windows leave this ugly green tint resulting in a color rejection.

I disagree completely. Terminal photography at SFO is quite nice. There's a lot going on, and reasonably clean windows. Just walk up and down the piers and catch what you can. I can plug - err, I mean reference - some sample photos if you're interested.  cheeky 

The train between terminals also offers a good view as you go to the rental car building.

User currently offlineScotland1979 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 548 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5275 times:

SFO, you need to have 400mm lens I went there last December - it was bad for first time visitors, I had alot of rejected but one. Obviously SFO you need alot of practice to adjust. Yes SLC is much better but sorry you wont see much international airlines outside of USA (most domestic flight)
If I go SFO again, I better bring 400mm with f/2.8 IS USM

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