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Spotting In SFO  
User currently offlinePZ From Paraguay, joined Oct 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4700 times:

Where is a good place for spotting in SFO?? I'll be here in SFO for almost a year and wanted to go to a good place in SFO where you can take pictures? anywhere close to the runway??

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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3708 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4679 times:

I fly into SFO every couple of months and regularly see what appears to be a congregation of spotters at this location:

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User currently offlinePZ From Paraguay, joined Oct 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4657 times:



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 1):



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 1):
I fly into SFO every couple of months and regularly see what appears to be a congregation of spotters at this location:

Thank you! I will go there to see!


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3195 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4640 times:

The other major location is Bayfront Park, it's right along the bay and gets you good views of both runways (though photos of flights departing off runway 1L/R is harder now since a fence was installed):


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It's located at the end of Millbrae Ave at Bayshore Highway, across the street from the Westin hotel and northwest of the Marriott hotel. There is a small free parking lot for the park at the northwest end of Marriott's parking lot.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...ode=FbfNPQIdqay0-A&z=17&iwloc=addr


User currently offlineFlamedude707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4628 times:

http://flygga.tripod.com/

Try that.



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User currently offlinePZ From Paraguay, joined Oct 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4601 times:

Great!! thank you for the info! I will go there probably tomorrow (sunday) and have a great day taking pictures of this airliners!

User currently offlineAlasdair1982 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2008, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4415 times:

When I was there, I found the zoo was good for viewing afternoon flights heading to Europe. You will need 300-400mm though

These were taken at 200mm with a Nikon D40, not great I admit. But it lets you see what can be achieved away from the airport

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4088146.../sizes/o/in/set-72157604852079347/

Above Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4088146...8/sizes/o/in/set-72157604852079347


User currently offlineApollo13 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4386 times:

PZ,

I live in Concord (about 30 miles east of San Francisco) and when i go out to SFO, I usually stop by the fishing pier close to coyote Point regional Park. If you drive down towards bayfront park. Stay on the road (i think its South Airport Blvd.) keep going for about 2.1 miles and you will see the road make a sharp right. Once you reach that corner, you will see a small left turn lane leading to a small fishng outcove. That is where i get some of my arrival shots.


User currently offlineCaliSam From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4335 times:

I've found SFO to be very difficult to shoot. Even with a 500mm lens, the shots turn out to be mediocre at best compared to what you can really achieve.

Unfortunately for us in the bay area.. there isn't anything better than SFO unless you get the hook up


User currently offlineApollo13 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4245 times:



Quoting CaliSam (Reply 8):
I've found SFO to be very difficult to shoot. Even with a 500mm lens, the shots turn out to be mediocre at best compared to what you can really achieve.

Unfortunately for us in the bay area.. there isn't anything better than SFO unless you get the hook up

it is troubling here. I only have a canon 75-300 lens and every time I go to SFO, i have to be very lucky to be out at Bayfront Park and get some nice shots.


User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4241 times:
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What about from the terminal? Any good spots from there?

User currently offlineAlasdair1982 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2008, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3919 times:

Having just come back from SFO, I can confirm that the northbound platform at San Bruno Caltrain station is excellent for 28 departures, 300mm or more recommended

Also, the SFO manager / senior employee was more than happy for me to take pictures of aircraft taking off, also departing 28, from the open viewpoint beside the escalators at the Terminal 2 AirTrain station


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