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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1774 times:

When i am at school, walking home, delivering papers or going somewhere, i am forever looking at the sky, and the welsh hills at the weather. The last couple of days have been crisp and clear, the Welsh hills stand out and look like they could be just a couple of miles away. This makes me want to photograph aircraft so badly, it just makes the perfect picture.

Also, i see so many aircraft flying over, some of them just need to be photographed, quite often if there is an A300 approaching FZO or something is flying out of BRS this way i would be able to photograph them with a decent lens, in the sunset i see aircraft leaving into the sunset, i want to photograph them too.

Sometimes, on a busy day you will see 5 or 6 aircraft travelling from AMS/LHR/LGW to the USA, and they will fly across in steps, its quite hard to explain but each aircraft is flying a degree south of each other, so it looks like they are making a huge curve, but the aircraft fly straight, on a good weather day the vapour trails will cross each other and it just looks so great.

It makes me really realize how much i love this hobby, and how much we waste of the goodweather here, i would've done anything to get out to the airport on the last few days, i hope that Jason or Paul or Chris have been, because the pictures will be excellent (aren't they always?).

Does anybody else do this?

Regards

Dan

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User currently offlineLeftseat86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

I do! He He , great to know I'm not alone...
and I wonder why my neck always hurts... Big grin


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1637 times:

Nah I don't do that, you're both freaks!  Big grin

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

I find that I'm always somewhere inconvenient (usually work!) without a camera on beautiful sunny days. Especially when I see a/c fly over that would make great contrail shots. I suppose the trouble here is that we get so few good shooting days when we are actually ABLE to make it out to an airport, and so many occasions when we are able to go, but the weather is rainy (not that bad weather ever stops Jason!) Of course, at this time of year, the angle of the sun is fantastic, and there are some great shots to be had - if only you can get out to that airport while it's shining!

Let's hope it shines on the A340-600 at MAN tomorrow!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

My words EGGD!  Big thumbs up

User currently onlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1572 times:
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I am just like that too. One time I was talking to my dad outside and I saw a Lockheed Hercules US army plane going over my house. I also saw a ATA Boeing 737-800 too and I wished that I had my camera too!


"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1755 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1567 times:

i've been doing that ever since i was old enough to hold my head up as a young boy and look up at the sky...my dad has a picture of me in my high chair looking up at the sky and pointing up....i'll post it sometime...anyway sometimes you just look up at the right time..in this picture i was actually mowing the yard...and i happened to look up and saw this coming, so i ran and grabbed the camera and grabbed a couple shots...here's the result! my first contrail shot!


Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Jonathan Derden



jonathan d.



"my soul is in the sky" - shakespeare
User currently offlineCityBird MD-11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1566 times:

One of my cousins was married a couple of years ago at a country club not too far from DTW - missed about half of the ceremony looking skyward. Got a bunch of bruises in the side from my wife poking me and telling me to pay attention, though. Everybody else was frowning at the jet noise, and i was like "this rocks".

 Smokin cool
Norm


User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

I have a pair of binoculars ready and as soon as I see an a/c fly overhead I try to identify it. Also when runway 02 is being used, the approach is over our area, and when I hear an aircraft I always look out of the window to see what it is (today I saw Asiana 747-400, Saudi Cargo MD-11, DHL A300 and lots of smaller a/c).

Staffan


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

Gee why do you think i always pick the seats next to the window in class? So i can watch the departures from ORD, which are right above our high school. Anyways when i am home im spotting from like 4pm-Sunset on school nights and all weekend if i can.

User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

Dan,

Just wait till your working and you get to see a day like today thats just picture perfect and you cant do anything about it  Crying

In the UK we get so few days that are really good for shooting and when we do I bet most of us are working. Ever notice how its nice during the week and then it just has to be crap at the weekends!

I really prefer this time of year the sky is a much better blue and the lighting gives you an extra element to play with, just needs to be like it at the weekends though!

Cheers

Paul


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

Ouch, today was worse.

Firstly i started out at Sunset, and for some reason there were 2 Cessna 182's flying in formation above my house, they must have been at about 2000ft and flying no more than an aircraft length apart from each other.

Then, two aircraft did a went passed each other head on parallel to me in the horizon, and i'd guess that there was 100ft vertical, 1500ft horizontal separation, it looked really cool in the red sky. To top all this off, i watched a plane come over my head at about 20,000ft, and for the first time ever i have been able to recognise the aircraft/airline with my own eyes from the ground, considering it was near cruise altitude. It was a Northwest DC10-40, departing from AMS. It was lit up by the setting sun, and its vapour trail was a deep red, it just looked so fantastic!

Regards

Dan


User currently offlineYorkie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2001, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

At the moment I'm working to the north west of London and travelling around by bus so I walk along some quiet country lanes to get to where I'm staying. I like it when the skies are clear and it's dark, as I see a/c climbing out to the east from Heathrow, loads of a/c going round the holding patterns, executives departing Northolt, helicopter traffic on the heli-routes from London and, when it's still light, loads of private and G.A. aircraft in the Denham circuit. Plus the Capital Radio "Flying Eye" following the M25. It rounds the day off nicely as I don't see much that I wish I could photograph. Every night between 9.30 - 11.00 p.m. there are a succession of 747 climbing out heading for Asia. You can count what you like to help get to sleep - I count 747-400 noises. I love that throaty roar at full revs.

When I'm in Yorkshire I just get RAF Tucanos doing night flying training and they are rather irritating!!!


User currently offlineTomH From United States of America, joined May 1999, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

I've been doing that as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I lived next to a big Air Force Base, and there was always something at contrail height on a clear day. If it was a fighter you could often see the contrail become more bold when the pilot selected afterburner. Some minutes later the increase in engine noise would reach the ground-and distract me from my schoolwork!

If I'm not on a busy sidewalk I still always look up, usually in short glances. This is of course a defense mechanism, as that way the people I'm with don't know I'm doing it. Funny how most people don't know that there is often something interesting to see up there.

Last year at this time I saw an ATR-42 (Continental, no doubt) headed west at the usual time, and suddenly he began to produce a light contrail as he proceeded west toward the mountains. I came in to work and blurted the whole story out to the crew. Yeah, I wierded them out I guess-but then again, they know me by now.

Heads up!





User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

I am doing A Levels at the mo, (BS, T&T, IT) and I have a ton of work to do for those. I then work all day saturday so really I only get Sunday off! Then some most sundays are spent working as well and the evenings are so short this time of year I get hardly any chance of gettin up to an airport! I may be off up to LHR this weekend if I am lucky.

I have got 1 trip planned. Im spending the night at the renassiance for £33, reduced from about £55 due to the downturn in numbers at the hotel. Im gonna spend a night there 'a room with a view'! and spend 2 whole days up at LHR shooting.

I have 2 exams in the new year so I can hardly get to an airport then either. This studying better pay off or . . . .  Angry

LGW


User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

Yes, and sometimes you look up and see something interesting, have the camera bag over your shoulder, and it's worse than having no camera at all...

...because the very interesting thing flying over isn't high enough for a contrail shot (which would have been great in this case), but is way too far away for any other decent kind of pic...

Like...



 Pissed


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Who said it would have to be contrail height? If it looks good, it'll be interesting and when you put "taken from the ground, flying at 10,000ft" or something, and people would wonder what it will look like...

Did you upload it?

Worth a try i would think!

Regards

Dan


User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

Noooo... I didn't upload it.

This was today, about 12.30 - a little while after the A340-600 had left MAN, and I was on my way back to the car. I'd already shot quite a lot of contrails pics today (I'll post one or two in the next week or so), and the conditions were pretty much ideal, so I was keeping an eye on the sky looking for more, when I glanced up and spotted that Beluga overflying MAN, presumably outbound from Broughton.

On the original, it occupies a small section in the middle of the frame - I've cropped most of the outside off in the example above, so it's def. not A.N. material. Ironically, had it been at a higher altitude, and leaving contrails, then it would have probably made a really nice shot...


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

Oh, damn  Sad

Maybe we could accept 320x240 shots?


User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1755 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1420 times:

hey guys..i got the picture up from my first plane spotting experience!



here's the link if you can't view it
http://av8rphotos.com/tempics/jpd-plane.jpg



"my soul is in the sky" - shakespeare
User currently offlineAndyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1418 times:
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I'm always looking up to the skies. Checking for weather, aircraft anything.

Paul: What do you call a sunny day that follows a cloudy one?

Monday.

Andrew



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User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

Andy

You have got that one right!

Cheers

Paul


User currently offlineEricp From Singapore, joined Jun 2001, 53 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1376 times:

Jonathan D = E.T. (phone home)  Big grin Big grin Big grin



User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1755 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

EricP:

Hey now..i was just a wee little laddy....my dad took that picture...i forget how old i was...but i was old enough to look up at the sky..ever since then i have been fascinated with flight....guess i never grew up.. Smile/happy/getting dizzy

jonathan d.



"my soul is in the sky" - shakespeare
User currently offlineSJC-Alien From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

That photo taken last week...?  Big grin

I quit looking up when I stepped in a friggin 'chuck-hole' and sprained my darn ankle,,,now I stop first..

Alien


User currently offlineJdb From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

There is a great quote by Leonardo da Vinci :

'Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return'

Seems to sum it up for me!



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