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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9940 posts, RR: 15
Posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3624 times:

Hello everybody,

I might be going to SIN to attend a course (nothing planned now) and am thinking about doing some spotting. I have found below thread about this topic:


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As I like aircraft photography better when I have nice backgrounds I think that the observation deck at the airport hotel seems to be better for me. I have a few questions:


Has anything changed since the year of the above thread (2009)?

Are there still two observation decks open to the public as mentioned in the above thread?

Is the observation deck a public place where everybody can go or do I have to pay to go there?

I understand the observationdeck has glass but is it glass you can photograph through without reflections?

Are these photos taken from the observation deck (if so, which ones)?


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Which lense range do I need to photograph a 737 from the observation deck as seen in the above Air India Express photo? Is 300mm sufficient?

What about night photography? I've found several very nice photos taken at night (see below links):


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Are these night photos taken from those public observation decks? As I will need a tripod for night photography, can I do that? Will they send me away when they see me walking around with a tripod?

Any other additional information is welcome of course.

A388

[Edited 2011-02-03 04:47:02]

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User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2362 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3578 times:
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Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
Has anything changed since the year of the above thread (2009)?

That thread is a month old, all the information is current.

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
Are there still two observation decks open to the public as mentioned in the above thread?

All three terminals have observation decks but if you're going to be taking photos, only the newly refurbished T1's observation deck will work. You cannot get to the edge of the glass for T2 and T3's observation deck, so one cannot get decent shots without some panels blocking.

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
Is the observation deck a public place where everybody can go or do I have to pay to go there?

It's a public place.

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
I understand the observationdeck has glass but is it glass you can photograph through without reflections?

As I haven't been to the refurbished T1 observation deck yet, I am not sure, but judging from the photos from that spot, reflections shouldn't be a problem.

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
Are these photos taken from the observation deck (if so, which ones)?

Of the first five photos, the last three are taken from the observation deck at T1.

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
Which lense range do I need to photograph a 737 from the observation deck as seen in the above Air India Express photo? Is 300mm sufficient?

The Air India Express photo wasn't taken from the observation deck. A 300mm zoom might be slightly on the small side for a B737 sized aircraft.

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
What about night photography? I've found several very nice photos taken at night (see below links):
Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
Are these night photos taken from those public observation decks? As I will need a tripod for night photography, can I do that? Will they send me away when they see me walking around with a tripod?

Of the last five photos, the first two and last shot were taken from the public observation deck at T1. I haven't had problems bringing a tripod, but perhaps others can chime in if they've had any other experiences.

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):

Any other additional information is welcome of course.

Lots of good food in the food courts in all three terminals. The aircon is also nice, and there are lots of bathrooms throughout the terminals. Changi Airport is a really nice airport, I can tell you that. Have fun!


User currently offlineSIA6696 From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3574 times:

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
Has anything changed since the year of the above thread (2009)

I started that thread in November 2010. It is up to date.

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
Are these photos taken from the observation deck

The first two are taken form the Crowne Plaza Hotel. You have to pay, and ask for a runway view, normally a few photographers go together to share the cost.

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
I understand the observationdeck has glass but is it glass you can photograph through without reflections?

The only place you can take photos from the airport are the Crown Plaza and T1 Viewing Gallery. In T1 there is one un-tinted panel of glass which is good for photography. But from T1 there are mainly only small A320 sized aircraft and the occasional heavy. Spotting there will have limited activity and low variety. T2 and T3 have two highly tinted green glass so it is impossible to get a shot with sufficient quality to meet A.net standards.

If you can do without the nicer backgrounds, you can get more shots and more aircraft if you shoot from Changi Business Park or Changi Beach. I just came back from Singapore and spent most of my spotting days under a tree in Changi Business Park snapping shots of everything from small air force fokker's to SQ A380's. You might get lucky with a clear blue sky or some interesting clouds.


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These were taken at Changi Business Park



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User currently offlinespencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

Is there anywhere you can film from at SIN? (Behind glass is not good). I'm really looking for action, ie touch downs/rotations. Thanks.
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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9940 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

Thank you for the tips so far everybody. That is good news and bad news. Looks like I will have to do with the business park for air shots.

Where were these photos taken?


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Is this a public spotting place and easy accessible? Is this location recommended?

A388


User currently offline9VSWR From Singapore, joined Jun 2008, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3335 times:

Spotting At SIN/WSSS (by SIA6696 Dec 15 2010 in Aviation Photography)

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