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Aviation Photography VS. Spotting  
User currently offlineKetko2 From Slovakia, joined Sep 2006, 103 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3968 times:

Hi!

As a lot of people mention the fact that spotting and aviation photography arent really the same, I wanted to ask you, which of these two do you practise.

As for me, I do both, as I care about registrations of planes and try to get full fleets and feel dissapointed when i see always the same aircraft, but I usually photograph rather than just writing down number.

What about you?

Regards, Keishi

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User currently offlineBmiBaby737 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3959 times:



Quoting Ketko2 (Thread starter):
As for me, I do both, as I care about registrations of planes and try to get full fleets and feel dissapointed when i see always the same aircraft, but I usually photograph rather than just writing down number.

I must admit, I'm rather the same as you. Photography is my target, my main concern. Writting what I've seen and collected, just an add-on.

bmibaby737  Smile


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3933 times:

I don't spot as in logging or writing things - I have a fairly good memory as to what I have seen before, but am not concerned with registrations. I just like to be around the aircraft, hearing the engines and watching them take off. Photography is what keeps me interested.


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User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3907 times:
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Interesting question,

I personally would call myself a photographer or aviation enthusiast rather than a spotter, reg numbers are useful to me for filing photos not an end in themselves as they seem for some spotters.

A year or so back a recreation TV program did a segment on "plane spotting" here at SYD, the "spotting" community were ambivalent to the point of boycott. After the program went to air a local spotting newsgroup carried posts accusing the "photographers" of hijacking the program, well that isn't quite true. The offer was open to all and they chose not to participate. The whole episode illustrated the divide between the groups, an unnecessary one in my opinion.

Not sure I made any freinds with the "reg logging" crowd one day when one of them rushed over to ask if I knew which EK T777 had just landed, "a white one" was not the answer he was looking for!

Cheers

Chris

PS the "Great Outdoors" segment is available on YouTube



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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3898 times:

I'm just an aviation photographer and aviation enthusiast --- I don't write down anything  Silly

User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3889 times:

I personally don't see the purpose of taking registrations. Many a time I have seen logs from foreign airports and although interesting I don't consider numbers (and letters) on a piece of paper sufficient memorabilia. If someone tells me they've been to such-and-such an airport it's nice to see the proof, if you like, i.e. photo's. Scribble on paper means nothing and doesn't captivate the trip like photo's can.

An example of this:

OY-KIA (a SAS DC-9-15) looked very different when delivered in the sixties to what it looked like when retired in the early 2000s. A picture from the early sixties would be priceless and would not resemble one taken in 2000. Following the aircraft's history in pictures is in my opinion a lot more interesting, as the registration on paper would look the same regardless.

I'm not knocking reggie-chasers here, if they get a kick out of it then that's great. I'm simply saying that, for me personally, it's pointless. It's not what I want out of my hobby and passion for planes.

I am an aviation enthusiast, I love planes, and photography too. Combining these two hobbies has been great for me. In the end I suppose I fall into the 'aviation photographer' category. I sometimes get the feeling that many reggie-chasers are simply in the game for want of 'collecting something', whatever it may be. Just happens to be planes. When they get sick of planes they'll move onto something else, then something else. The passion for the planes turns into a mad scramble just to get numbers and tick them off in a book. Let's face it, you could probably do that with supermarket trollies and get a similar rush.

On the other hand, I believe there are a lot of reggie-chasers out there that still have a strong passion for the machines they record, and I have much respect for them. I am a MAN regular and spotters and photographers congregate in totally different places, rarely crossing paths. I don't like to be called a plane-spotter - I prefer to think of myself as both an aircraft enthusiast and an aircraft photographer.

Karl


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3875 times:



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 4):
I'm just an aviation photographer and aviation enthusiast --- I don't write down anything

Why write it down? You have it on the photos. I always thought the guys who were writing down were doing it because they didn't have a camera.  crazy 


User currently offlineCalfo From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3864 times:

If I am around aircrafts and don't have my camera, I get annoyed. Like some others, having the reg is a bonus.

User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3843 times:

I don't write anything down - but the registrations are usually on the photos. If not, I'll make sure I take one with it.

User currently offlineCalfo From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3836 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 8):
I don't write anything down - but the registrations are usually on the photos. If not, I'll make sure I take one with it.

Exactly like me


User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1656 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3831 times:

Two very interesting, but slightly different, hobbies in my mind. I'm a photographer, and by and large I don't care the registration of my subjects unless it's a brand-new airplane or a rarity. The make, model and paint scheme of the aircraft are much more important to me. I suspect for the hard-core spotter the inverse is true - the make, model, and paint scheme of the aircraft are secondary to a rare or unlogged rego. To each his own. I don't know if this is urban legend or not, but I'm led to believe the origins of spotting were in WWII when civilians in England were asked to log aircraft flying over for military purposes. If so, that gives the sport of spotting a couple of legs up in my eyes.

[Edited 2007-12-23 21:05:05]

User currently offlineKetko2 From Slovakia, joined Sep 2006, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3751 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 8):

I have to agree with that... Even if I make log sometimes, its just list of what is on photos rather than real log...


User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1533 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

The main interest for me is taking photos of the aircraft.

However, I do have a database on the computer which I will add to when I see an aircraft for the first time.



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User currently offlineTerryong From Singapore, joined Apr 2007, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3692 times:

For me taking photos of aircraft is my main priority. I will try to remember the registrations as far as I can. I don't keep a record of what planes I spot since I try to remember everything or just look at my shots.

User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3048 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3683 times:
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I always try to pursuade my wife and daughter that I am not a plane spotter  biggrin . In may respects being called a plane spotter here is only one step up from being a train spotter - and let me tell you, to many people this is a term of abuse and ridicule!

I am definitely a photographer. I did have a phase in my childhood of recording registrations and underlining them in my copy of 'Civil Aircraft Markings', but that soon went. My only real appreciation of registrations now relates to the possibilty of getting a double rejection here, and how my choice of motive might be affected by this issue. However, I cannot deny that a knowledge of registrations is valuable, particularly if it enables you to realise when you are seeing something interesting to the database.

All the best.

Paul


User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3667 times:



Quoting Psych (Reply 14):
I am definitely a photographer. I did have a phase in my childhood of recording registrations and underlining them in my copy of 'Civil Aircraft Markings', but that soon went.

Exactly as for me.



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User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1664 posts, RR: 62
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3652 times:
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I think that this is an interesting question and I have long felt that this started in the UK in the days of steam trains when there was a competitive 'game' of trying to see as many trains as possible. Whilst the same with aircraft certainly existed in the 1950s, the hobby became more popular in the mid 1960s with the demise of steam, something which to many, like me, meant the end of interest in railways. For me it was a smooth transition to aircraft spotter in about 1967 at the age of 14. I soon started taking photographs, something I had been too young to do with trains. I generally travelled with a friend who remains a spotter, ie writing numbers down and that was a great arrangement, he did the writing, I took the photos. I was a spotter for many years but slowly lost interest in that side of things as the photography took over and in 1985 with two young children competing for my time I stopped the spotting. It has however left me understanding the concept and I will not deride the spotter. At times I even regret stopping doing it as my old log books still fascinate me. I have given talks to aviation groups and they are eagerly pored over by other enthusiasts, a glimpse into the past. There were a lot of spotters in those days but not so many photographers, particularly of the light aircraft
I guess that in many ways I am still a recorder of aircraft but now solely with the camera. I love to watch aircraft but feel the same frustration that a spotter does when they do not get the reg if I miss the photo. Just like the spotter who tries to write down every registrartion, I try to photograph every aircraft.
My photos are not that popular but on an almost daily basis I touch a nerve with someone over an oldie in the same way that my log books do to enthusiasts. Take your photos, not only for today but with an eye on tomorrow - one day someone will love looking at them. I never expected mine to be seen by anyone but me. I took them for myself and still do so though obviously I now share them with anyone who is interested. This site and others like it are the biggest change to the hobby that anyone could ever have imagined.
Mick Bajcar


User currently offlineEgmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3614 times:

At the moment I have not got my camera with me as I am in Spain at my parents apartment for the first time. The trip isn´t really anything to do with aviation other than my journey.

At STN a did some spotting at the gate my flight departed from.

Generally it depends where I am going, how long I intend to be there and what the weather is like. I don´t take many photos due to the lack of dedicated viewing areas at my nearest airports to take clutter free pictures.

I tend to spot although some might I cheat as I use my sbs-1 virtual radar to help me. On a daily basis I go past my local airport on my train journey I always take a look as the train goes past. I am a member of a few airport mailing lists and keep a record of the aircraft I have seen on a database and the aircraft I have flown on.


User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2178 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3614 times:

Personally I don't collect registrations, before the aquisation of my DLSR, however, I did.

I don't mean to offend anyone here, but from my experience, the photography community is far friendlier than the "Spotting" community. I've walked upto many photographers, most commonly regular uploaders to this site, and have had good conversations and even the loan of the odd lens here and there.

On the other hand, I've asked many a spotter when an aircraft of interest is due in/out, and there's hardly a smile to be seen.

Just my two pence!

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineEgmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3607 times:



Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 18):
I don't mean to offend anyone here, but from my experience, the photography community is far friendlier than the "Spotting" community

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That matches my experience people tend to ask what you have taken pictures of? if I have had the dslr with me. Spotting may be many things but sadly civil isn´t the word springs imediately to mind.


User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3556 times:



Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 18):
I don't mean to offend anyone here, but from my experience, the photography community is far friendlier than the "Spotting" community.

I tend to find that the spotting fraternity seems to think us photographers are somehow depriving them of something. It's like we're a cosmic race to them half the time, as though we get in the way and shoudn't show ourselves around them. MAN is particularly bad; luckily photographers and spotters rarely meet. When we do, the spotters usually have something to moan about, like we're in their way or our lenses are sticking into their binoculars' field-of-vision too much.

They never wish you 'good morning' or 'good afternoon' and all they normally talk about is how many Air France A320s they need now.

I'm sure they aren't all like that but many seem to carry a chip on their shoulders, and many seem to be downright weird!

Karl


User currently offlineBmiBaby737 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3515 times:



Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 18):
I don't mean to offend anyone here, but from my experience, the photography community is far friendlier than the "Spotting" community. I've walked upto many photographers, most commonly regular uploaders to this site, and have had good conversations and even the loan of the odd lens here and there.

On the other hand, I've asked many a spotter when an aircraft of interest is due in/out, and there's hardly a smile to be seen.

It's bad to generalise, but I do agree with the above. Most photographers tend to talk alot more where as Spotters will often keep themselfs to themselfs, or stay only in their little group (if they have one). Often the case though at more major airports... at more regional airports (from my experience) there doesn't tend to be any gap between the two.

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 20):
many seem to be downright weird!

 rotfl 


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