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User currently offlinecmarkland1 From UK - England, joined Mar 2012, 1 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4808 times:

Hi everyone,

I'm a graphic design based in London and looking at designing a new map system for airports which point out the best locations for photographers to go. Is this something you guys would be interested in? For visiting unfamiliar airports...

I was thinking of using long exposure light trails from different points to capture the kind of flight path you get from different positions on the map.

But any suggestions are more than welcome! It's crucial to get your opinions for developing the best system. What kinds of information would you want to know on the map or would be most useful for photography?

If you have any suggestions or questions let me know! Thanks

Chris

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User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2888 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4794 times:

Quoting cmarkland1 (Thread starter):
Is this something you guys would be interested in?

Definately, but it's been done before in a more basic form, for example.

Darren



Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX
User currently offlinecalibansa333 From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4620 times:

I would definitely be interested in this. It sounds like an intriguing concept! The most useful information, in my opinion, would be focal length required and sun position info... for example would the lighting be better in the morning or evening.

User currently offlinebrianw999 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 312 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4496 times:

Darren, your link is broken !

User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2888 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4479 times:

Quoting brianw999 (Reply 3):
Darren, your link is broken !

Sorry about that, it was fine at the time of posting! Try this.

Darren



Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX
User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9790 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4445 times:
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Quoting cmarkland1 (Thread starter):
What kinds of information would you want to know on the map or would be most useful for photography?

In addition to the already mentioned focal lengths and sun position:

What operations are visible (takeoffs, landings, taxiing, etc.);
What runways/taxiways are visible;
Typical operation direction (which way they're taking off/landing/taxiing);
What kind of traffic the runway/taxiway typically sees (as applicable....may not be applicable to many airports);
Useful info about law enforcement/neighbors/whatever;
And of course, parking!



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User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12394 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4383 times:
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Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 5):
In addition to the already mentioned focal lengths and sun position:

Focal length (for full-frame and cropped sensors) I agree.

Sun position can vary so much, especially the further north and south you go. IMHO, something like suncalc is far more useful as a stand-alone tool - http://suncalc.net which can show you exact sun positions for any given date and time.

For example, at Heathrow you have the following differences between the shortest and longest days this year:
Shortest day

Longest day



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