777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12836 posts, RR: 17 Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5719 times:
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I'm in Miami in June for a couple of days and was wondering what are the best areas for photography for MIA movements? Do any arrivals come in over the city?
I've been reading about roof top bars in Downtown Miami and was wondering if anyone could tell me the locations of these roof top bars? I'm interested in night time/scenic photography so any help on the roof top bars locations would be very helpful.
When there are westerly winds, they come in just north of the city on 27, and over the Brickell area (just south of the city) on 30. The two runways (26L and R) are further north and may not be suitable as they'll be too far away. Easterly winds are more common though, and the arrival to runway 9 usually involves a flyby close to or over parts of city (usually south of it) but they are almost always high.
If you look at a map of MIA you can get a better idea of the line up. Also check out flightradar24.com to see live aircraft movement around the city / airport.
As for rooftop bars, I have no personal experience with any of them unfortunately. However, if you're lucky enough to get westerly winds, I'd recommend finding something close to or in the Brickell area. It's scenic and you'll get the traffic arriving on 30.
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1725 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5617 times:
In my experience, the westerly winds darreno1 references usually occur during bad weather. That may not matter if you're looking for a night shoot, but having done a two-year South Florida stint, approaches over the water and over downtown at both FLL and MIA are pretty rare on sunny days.