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Plane Spotting Why?  
User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

I have been in the airline business for almost 17 years now and have never understood plane spotting. Maybe I don't have the love for airplanes, that some of you have but I just don't get it. Without labeling me a heretic and giving me the third degree, how can you sit at an airport and take pictures of the same plane types over and over? I guess it's like bird watching, I don't get that either.

TechRep


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User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

I just like it, can't explain why.
We want to get as many regs as possible on Film, not just types.

Alexander


User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

Tech,
how does my father golf- to me its boring as heck. how do people go to the beach and just sit there all day- boring.

We enjoy something that is different and fun to us. and to some of us it is a second job- there is a demand for airplane pictures and there are alot of people who are willing to pay alot of $$ for pictures for their collections. email me and ill forward you to a site where slides are auctioned off- when you see some of the prices people pay you'll break into a sweat.

Joe


User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

Getting tail numbers on film is kinda odd don't ya think? Honestly, I think down deep, your looking to capture possible air crashes on film. I maybe wrong here but this must play into sitting in a car for hours watching planes fly over. I mean you would probably get better pictures of the young couples making out in the nearby car. All in fun people just curious.

TechRep


User currently offlineDSMav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

I think a lot of it is just a pure love of aviation... I have to admit, I always thought the true spotters with their notebooks and binoculars were a little strange as well. Yet, here I was doing the exact same thing, except I was using a camera! The spotting aspect still doesn't interest me much, I just do what I do because I love photography in general, plus aviation is my lifelong passion. Aviation nut + photography nut = aviation photographer.  Smile


Aric Thalman
Omaha, NE



To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home
User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

Different people, different interests.
Thankfully.
wouldnt it be boring if all people had the same interests?
Peter



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User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2032 times:

Tech,
keep in mind alot of us are regular guys- i have a wife and kid and a dayjob as do many of ther others, though there are alot of single guys in their high teens and 20's here. but we're not some dopey nerds.

Joe


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

We are all mentally disturbed individuals...jk. I think, for me anyways, it started with my father doing air frieght and he would take me on the ramp and I'd sit there and watch the planes (I must have been 4 years old), my aunt and uncle working for CO, my grandparents working for TWA in STL, and me living 3 miles from MCO under the approach for the 18 runways. With all those factors thrown at me, airplanes/spotting kinda grew on me.

Justin
(Was the only 2nd grader that knew the difference between a DC-10/L1011, and knew that the fuel went in the wings and not engines!  Laugh out loud )


User currently offlineMilldoh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

I don't understand the reg # thing either. I mean going to airports all over the world with a notebook and writing down reg #'s. I'm really not concerned about the reg #'s. But who am I to criticize, I take pictures of the damn things.  Nuts

I guess it's just a combination of a love of photography and a love of aviation. Plus it's better than sitting in front of a tv all day!

If I saw people making out in a nearby car, I would be sure to get that as well.  Big grin


User currently offlineBlackhawk From Afghanistan, joined Oct 2001, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

Jow wrote:
but we're not some dopey nerds.


Having said that there are some right heads out there.

And befoer soemone says it, no im not one of 'em



User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

Tech you a pilot, if so ever gone down to the local airport and critque landings. Just wierd things that people do.

Oh well I could never fly straight and level for more than an hour, I would always be banking or doing something, I don't get how the airline captains do that either.



At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

I am a Technical Representative for Fairchild/Dornier and provide technical assistance to airlines. I usualy come into the game when they can't fix a problem or work with engineers to come up with a long term fix. I was a mechanic for 16 years and would drive to work and "spotters" at LAX when I worked there. When I was waiting for a plane to arrive and I was close to the gate, the same guys would always ask, "what reg is coming in". I had no idea what the hell they were talking about. Then it dawned on me, once I decrypted the lingo, they wanted to know what tail number it was.
I just thought it was a little odd and they would always get harrased. We had one guy come to ABX for almost 2 years, finally we adopted the guy and would let him sit in the maintenance truck with us. He would take pictures like crazy, snap snap at everything. He showed up like clockwork till one day he never showed up again without notice. We were all very worried but we never bothered to get his personal info. Hell I don't even remember his name now, but he drove a motorcycle and was about 50 years old.

TechRep


User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3122 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

Man was not made to fly. The sky is not our natural element so everytime an aircraft takeoff into the sky it's challenging the mother Nature.

This challenge is fascinating, that's the secret  Smile


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Luis


User currently offlineLGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

I guess it would be like collecting baseball cards, you try and get(in this case shoot) everyone there is. That is the best wasy I can explain it.

Stephen


User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

What's the absolute pinnacle of the hobby. What makes others say "Damn he's the best!"

TechRep


User currently offlineEBOS From Belgium, joined Jul 2001, 520 posts, RR: 49
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

The answer is simple if you know the OST locals... drinking some beers next to the rwy when a Tu-134 departs at 2am, pure Soloviev music... Big grin

Sven



An-225 stalker: 1 x LUX, 1 x EIN, 1 x DXB, 2 x SHJ, 3 x CGN
User currently offlineMilldoh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

TechRep, check out some of these:

http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?specialsearch=COOL&static=yes

You'll see plenty of great shots here.


User currently offlineYorkie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2001, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1948 times:

The important thing to me is that you have a healthy interest in life which you can take off with and relax as you see fit. Some people spend hours trying to catch fish. Some collect postage stamps. In England some people knock my hobby and poke fun. It often turns out that they have shallow lives which are centred on getting drunk or fighting or sometimes both. Each to his own.

I personally don't treat it as a competition to beat the other guys. I prefer to be more laid back and the fascination for me is visiting airports without knowing what planes are going to show up. You can get 'dead' days or a stack of rare visitors if you are lucky. In any case you get fresh air, also travel, meet people and discuss the aviation 'scene'. It also takes quite a while to get into it, learn the type recognitions, improve your photo skills - without the 'knowledge' it may appear meaningless to the outsider.

It's like women, you can have a great time with both but aircraft don't let you down so often!!!




User currently offlineEDIpic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1943 times:

... and aircraft don't talk either......

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1939 times:

I just want to take photos of aircraft, can't explain it, something beautiful, spectacular. I want people to see it too, and capture them at just that very moment.


Regards

Dan  Smokin cool


User currently offlineIgnat From Russia, joined Jan 2002, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1929 times:

Hello !
I have a rest when I take photos of aircraft after a busy week. Blue sky, sun, fresh air, Tupolev, Antonov or Ilyushin - it is what i need at such moments  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 730 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 1922 times:

Well, I'm not sure I understand pure spotting - I can never figure standing under the flight path without a camera  Smile

But when it comes to photography ... well I guess for me aircraft are the perfect example of form following function - these things are, in my opinion, the epitome of design. Couple that with their natural environment - I mean the sky and clouds can be just beautiful, but most people just give it a passing glance - add a flash of sun off polished metal, some wild colour schemes - photo heaven! Plus there's the thrill of the chase - both in capturing that rare bird, but also looking for a way to portray a 737 in a new way.

For me the "spotting" is an incidental - I don't collect regs, but like any specialised photography, the more you know and understand your subject, the better able you'll be to get the right results.

I think anyone who has seen people hanging around the airport taking pics and decided to have a go themselves has discovered there's a bit more to the hobby than would appear at first glance - esp. when they try to upload to A.net!

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3923 posts, RR: 23
Reply 22, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 1932 times:

TechRep,

Let me ask you this. What do you enjoy doing as an avocation and why ? Frankly, I have never understood the fascination with Golf, Tennis, or many of the other so called 'normal' hobbies ?

To be honest however, the 'reg chasing' is not my thing. I am merely looking to get some stunning images on film of a mode of transportation that I have had a fascination with since I was in diapers.


Thomas




"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 1923 times:

Well thanks; the posts were very insightful to me. It seems that "reg spotting" is not the pure form and photography is the real draw here. Some of these photo's I must admit are awe-inspiring.

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 24, posted (12 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

Golf Rules!!! how can you guys not like golf?!??!

25 777lover : The Almighty wired some to be mesmerized by airliners
26 Lanpie : I have been working for an airline for almost 33 years and 26 of them at an airport. I took my first photo of an aircraft in 1969, I was also collecti
27 Tu154m : My Dad used to like poking around airports when I was little and I guess it grew from there. I now work for a US major and have only met a handful of
28 Post contains images Jderden777 : because i love it....ever since i could hold my head up and look into the skies i have loved flying... when i was little and my parents were feeding m
29 Silverfox : A loy of the posts on here have said that they dont collect reg nos. That i can equate to but surely you do it in some form to keep a note of what you
30 CityBird MD-11 : I can't believe it took so many posts until thomasphoto60 asked this cat what he likes to do with his spare time. Everyone has different interests and
31 BO__einG : Do any of you guys have relatives or parents who once did are are currently a part of aviation? (pilots/mechanics/Airport guys?) Unfortuneatly I am th
32 AKE0404AR : Even though the topic has already seen many replies and different perspecitves have been pointed out, I myself never understood either all these photo
33 Post contains images An-225 : I've been an avid fan of aviation ever since I was little - 2 or 3. I lived by Domodedovo airport in Moscow, and I saw all kinds of planes - from An-2
34 Post contains images Mikephotos : I myself never understood either all these photographers who are trying to have a whole fleet on film. Vasco...fleet shooting is definately not for ev
35 Planeboy : What more can I say ? Airplanes are certainly one of the "wonders" of this world. Look at the craftsmanship and technology that goes into the manufact
36 Aerorobnz : I'm a rego hunter/fleet collector/plane photographer/bird watcher/ I do it because I have a perfectionist tendency so everything has to be just right,
37 Tpk : For me it's not as much about keeping track of which registrations I have seen as it is about the composition of the shot. Even in taking 1000 or more
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