Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1591 posts, RR: 7 Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1220 times:
I've got two days off near Memorial Day weekend giving me a 5 day weekend. I have a $350 travel voucher on Continental Airlines that I'd like to use for a photography trip. My choices so far are Anchorage or New York City (EWR or LGA). Where should I go?
Pros: (1) Very scenic. I'm hoping it would be the best photography I've gotten so far. (2) Would get to beef up my collection of cargo aircraft. (3) Could do a day trip to Fairbanks for additional photography. (4) Sun is up early and sets late. (5) Would be able to get some photography that stands out from the "usual" stuff you find in the U.S. (6) Always the possibility to shoot something rare.
Cons: (1) Hotel rooms are very expensive. The best I can find right now is a Hampton Inn for $130 a night. (2) Would burn two days just traveling. It would take all day to get there via DEN-PHX-SEA-ANC and another day to get back leaving on a red-eye on the reverse route back for the best fare. (3) May not be a lot of variety. (4) I'm very unfamiliar with the area and don't know anyone there. (5) I don't know what the security/hassle situation will be in May. (6) Airfare is at least $100 over what my voucher is good for. And that's for a weird routing. With one connection the fare would be over what I can spend.
New York City
Pros: (1) Lots of variety. (2) I can take CO 777/764/762 flights to EWR. I always love checking aircraft off my lists. (3) Probably much cheaper for a room and rental car. (4) Doesn't take 2 days just for travel. (5) I'll finally shoot somewhere on the east coast instead of the left coast all the time. (6) There's a slight chance I can shoot something rare. (7) My voucher would cover the full airfare.
Cons: (1) I'm very unfamiliar with the area and don't know anyone there. (2) I don't know what the security/hassle situation will be in May. (3) I don't know if late May is good for photos. It could be the worst time of the year for all I know.
Anything else I need to consider?? Thanks in advance for the comments...
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29840 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1150 times:
I just talked to an airport operations guy three nights ago.
The Pt. Worzonoff road that goes out to the end of 32 is open from 7 am to 11 pm daily. They are still shutting it down to vehicle traffic at night but the assinine security checkpoint still isnt' there.
I don't belive they have opened either of the back roads into Lake hood yet. Forgot to ask him about that.
That is the first weekend of tourist season so you are going to see the higher hotel rates. but I think you might be able to do better. Just am not sure where.
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
Alaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1145 times:
Shawn , I was out on Woronzof Road today. I parked out at Postmark and hiked to RWY 32 to get takeoff shots. Will the cops get at me if I drive in? It does say restriceted area, but I see a lot of cars in there.
Brick, ANC is very good for spotting. All the spots are spottable, they may be a little hard to get to after 9/11, but are still availiable. Let us know if you decide to come up. Maybe I can meet up with you?