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User currently offlineJmorgan41383 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 18 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2699 times:

I will be visiting Seattle (SEA/BFI/PAE) soon and was wondering where are the best places to shoot without a ladder? I've read the plane-spotter website, lots of great info. For BFI area 31 looks great, is a ladder needed for this location?

Thanks Jonathan


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User currently offlineSaintex From Canada, joined Apr 2009, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

If this "secret" area 31 is where I think it is, you don't need a ladder. You're also trespassing.

In fact using a ladder anywhere around BFI on a non-show day is liable to generate a vist from a gentleman in a uniform. If 31 is in use I'd stick to the Museum parking lot. There's a gap by a gate where you can get line-up shots and if you stand on the terrace outside the cafe you're above the fence line. Southerly traffic is more problematic; roll-out shots through (not over) the fence at the Midfield Park by the tower is about the best of bad options. Some departures may be high enough to clear the fence though.

The place at PAE is the Future of Flight parking lot; sun behind you and mounds to see over the fence. Only good for Southerly traffic, I've never found an acceptable location on the other side.


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9623 posts, RR: 68
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2620 times:
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Quoting Saintex (Reply 1):
If this "secret" area 31 is where I think it is, you don't need a ladder. You're also trespassing.

In fact using a ladder anywhere around BFI on a non-show day is liable to generate a vist from a gentleman in a uniform. If 31 is in use I'd stick to the Museum parking lot. There's a gap by a gate where you can get line-up shots and if you stand on the terrace outside the cafe you're above the fence line. Southerly traffic is more problematic; roll-out shots through (not over) the fence at the Midfield Park by the tower is about the best of bad options. Some departures may be high enough to clear the fence though.

This entire post is factually incorrect.

You can shoot all you want at Area 31, and it isn't trespassing. You can use your ladder all you want at BFI.

Wow.


User currently offlineJmorgan41383 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2613 times:



Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 2):

Thanks Royal, I'm looking for the best locations to spot without a ladder. I'm visiting and have no access to a ladder. Is a ladder needed at area 31 or is there better locations?

Thanks Jonathan



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9623 posts, RR: 68
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2604 times:
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If you need a ladder while you are here I can get you one, shoot me an email through my profile.

User currently offlineSaintex From Canada, joined Apr 2009, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2591 times:



Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 2):
You can shoot all you want at Area 31, and it isn't trespassing. You can use your ladder all you want at BFI.

I stand corrected. blush  Obviously not the spot I was thinking of. Perhaps if it wasn't so secret....

We have twice been accosted by King County PD for using ladders at BFI, perhaps we just look "suspicious".

I was right about PAE though wasn't I ? Unless there are secret spots there too !


User currently offlineAlevik From Canada, joined Mar 2009, 971 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2569 times:
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Quoting Saintex (Reply 5):
I was right about PAE though wasn't I ? Unless there are secret spots there too !

Sorry, but no. There is a spot on the side opposite The Museum. It is secret.



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User currently offlineMattcawby From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 206 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2548 times:



Quoting Alevik (Reply 6):
Sorry, but no. There is a spot on the side opposite The Museum. It is secret.

Here is a picture from the secret spot.

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