Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 897 times:
I red your post about starting photography so I know that you dont have camera with big zoom. At BWI is one spot at the end of the runway, but you will need minimum 200mm zoom. From Observation Deck in the terminal you can take pictures mostly of Continental, Delta and Northwest jets because is located between gates of those airlines. Best time to take pictures from there is before sun get to the point. (so best time for pictures from observation deck is before noon).
Best airport for beginners I think is DCA.
I am kind of beginner too, I started taking pictures 3 years ago and I'm still going to DCA to learn more about aviation photography. Let me know when you are in area, maybe I can show you some spots around here.
Gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4314 posts, RR: 22 Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 885 times:
you are super good man. I love all of your pictures. Especially the 1000mm zoom photos.
Hmm, I saw someone at DCA last sunday April 16 around 2pm with cameras and I thought maybe it was you with some family. Oh well...
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4420 posts, RR: 35 Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 872 times:
I live in the DC area too. Although I've taken pictures of planes for years I've only recently started to develop my skills as an aviation photographer. Rafal is correct that the best airport for beginners in Our Town is DCA. My last pic posted to airliners.net is a Kai-Tak-ish takeoff shot of the new terminal with Crystal City in the background. (BTW, nice aerial shot Rafal).
Be very careful about window reflections inside DCA's "crystal cathedral," esp the main hall. At Dulles, there's a food court around the base of the control tower, on the departures level, that allows good apron shots over the top of the old UAX gates. I don't know the perimeter roads, but riding on the mobile lounges one can get good shots. I've never had a problem getting through security without a flight ticket at any of the three airports.
At BWI, be prepared for heavy traffic on the Balt-Wash Parkway if you go northbound in the morning rush, or southbound in the evening rush.
Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 849 times:
I'm going to DCA minimum 2 saturdays/sundays a month. I think it wasnt me that time because my family dont like what I like Sometimes my girlfriend is going there with me.
Anyway, If you see a guy seating on the roof of black Honda Accord, listening ATC and holding camera that must be me
Now we have small variety of new airplanes coming to DCA.
We have American Trans Air (B757-B727) American Airlines (B737-800) Comair (CRJ)
Delta is flying more B757s, ASA is applying for 8 slots at DCA with their ATR-72 and CRJ.
That airport is groving.