Murcielago4me From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 14 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4866 times:
Hello everyone, this is my first post ever on airliners.net though I have been on the site for more than 2 years now. I was wondering if any of you are going to be photographing aircrafts at SFO from the Bayshore park near SFO Mariott in the coming few days / weeks. I would be more than happy to join you guys as I have never been there. I have a 18-55mm lens which is useless for this, I know. Thus, I will be renting atleast a 500mm. So please reply, if your are going to be there.
CaliSam From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4790 times:
I disagree with post #2.. bad weather actually makes great images, and this time of year the heat distortion isn't as bad as summertime.
Unfortunately SFO is a terrible airport for photography. Even with 500 the shots are too distant, and good luck getting anything on a.net. You might want to check out San Jose Airport, good spotting there.
I think there was a mixed response regarding using the open view point beside the elevators at the Terminal 2 AirTrain station. But on my visit, an airport official (remember this is land side) saw me with the camera and took the time to show me the best location
Brasila684 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4733 times:
I'v been wanting to ask this on a SFO spotting thread for a long time. If you take a boat onto the San Fransisco Bay, how close can you get to the 28 L/R runways and shoot aircraft coming in?? Or will the Coast Guard get you first??
Apollo13 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4701 times:
I am a former resident of the Bay Area (since moved to SoCal) and there is a group dedicated to SFO spotters. The website is http://groups.google.com/group/sfo-spotters?hl=en and its a pretty good site run by real nice people who will gladly set up a spotting time.
As for sites around or near SFO, I like the fishing pier near Coyote Point Park as well as Coyote Point Park. This particular location is about 1.5--2 miles from runway 28L/R so you can get nice shots of every airline and airliner coming into SFO.
Also about the caltrain station place, just down the road is "Lions Park" where there is a parking lot near the baseball field where you can get even better departure shots without risking the plane being in between power lines.
if you have any more questions or would like to see some samples of mine from these locations my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly show you them!
Also, if the weather is bad, then there might be a chance of getting arrivals on the 10's which means they fly right over the TanForan shopping center in San Bruno which makes for unique shots!!