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User currently offlinePearson From Indonesia, joined Jul 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

Does anyone know if DFW's any good for photography? Annoyingly, I will not have a car so does this severely limit the photographic positions?

Also, if I decide to go in summer, ie August, will the heat haze seriously affect the photographs?

Appreciate feedback.

Cheers.



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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

Yes. Without a car you will be limited to just a couple of spots in the terminal which still isn't that great for photography. The summer time is probably the worst time to be there also.

With a car, there are good spots for photos. I'd highly recommend going in the winter though.

Mark Abbott
Minneapolis, MN



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User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3965 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

Yeah,I agree with Brick, I would not recommend DFW in Aug...unless you like 100+ temps and 80% humidity. Although I have never shot at DFW, I understand there is a place called 'Founders Plaza' which is alongside one of the more active runways.

I am sure a DFW spotter will voice in on this, there are few that frequent this forum.

Thomas



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User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4347 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

Hi, I'll be flying to DFW on Dec. 25 on AA and wondering any spots inside or outside of the airport? I do remember long time ago on a 727 fly from IAD-DFW, afterlanding and exiting the runway, I saw a park from the left side of the plane and a flash from a camera. If you know what I'm talking about, can you direct me to that spot? Maybe it will be on planespotting.com.

I'll be staying in the DFW for 6 days.

K. Cook/Arlington,VA/DCA



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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

Here's some information on the Founder's Plaza: http://www.dfwairport.com/guides/visitors/founders.htm

The best time of year for this place is in the winter. Don't expect widebody traffic here. This taxiway is how aircraft get to/from runway 13L/31R. Since it is one of the shorter runways, you will mostly see AA F-100's, MD-80's, and 727's.

Also outside the terminal, I poked around the maintenance buildings off of West Airfield Road. Off of 38th street there are some good views.

Inside the airport, go to Terminal B and take the escalator up to the TrAAm station. At the top of the escalator there is a window that provides a really good view of American Airline's gates B-6 through B-10 and one of the taxiways.

Hope this helps!

Mark Abbott
Minneapolis, MN



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User currently offlinePearson From Indonesia, joined Jul 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

It's remarkably annoying: I am only really free - as a student - in the summer, the same time as the vast majority of airports are perhaps "no-goes". Frustratingly, this severely limits my possibilities.

Is there anywhere within the US which is worthy of serious consideration for a trip in the summer, ie August? Sadly, I cannot hire a car so am limited to the terminals areas and any worthwhile photographic positions accessable by public transportation. As i'm just a photographer, I'll be spending my time doing that... help!

Mark A. has been absolutely fantastic in helping me with my various "problems". I would also like to thank everyone else for their help.


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5057 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1710 times:

Is there a good spot to shoot from that gives you a view of the longer runway?

Also, for founders Plaza, how long of a lens would you recommend to get good shots considering the distance of this location?

bruce



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User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1755 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

hi,
there are several good locations outside of the terminals to shoot. One you can access without a car would be the old general aviation ramp. if you get out there early enough, AA heavies will taxi right by you (MD-11, 777) taxiing from the hangar to the gate. Directions:

take the TrAAin to the hyatt west hotel. walk through the lobby of the hotel, go straight through the hotel until you are in the parking lot. continue walking until you find a good spot!! that's about all i can say about this, there are many good areas here to spot from. nobody should bother you, so long as you don't try and venture out onto the taxiways.


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If you have a car, i would recommend the LH Cargo building or the American Eagle hangar for shooting in the afternoons. They are located on the west side of the airport, near the west control tower. follow w. airfield drive and you will find it easily. The sunlight will be at your back, and you have a great view of operations on 18L/R. excellent for spotting. here are some photos from this location (the AE hangar)


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and one from the LH cargo building:


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hope this helps!!

jderden777



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User currently offlineDFW-JETS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1707 times:

Pearson,
Unfortunatly, most of the better photo spots at DFW are located around the perimeter of the airport. However, you should be able to shoot some decent photos out of certain windows that arent tinted or have a sunscreen attached to them. Like somebody posted earlier, the upper level in terminal B where AAs gates are has a nice big window that is really good in the morning when the sun is still behind you. Also you might try Delta's satellite terminal, its out closer to the active taxiways, and you can get some up close shots of the planes, also ASA/Comair and Canadian park at this location as well as a few delta flights. The summertime here is a little harsh with temps getting up to 100+ with high humidity as well, but the sun stays out a long time, you can shoot past 8pm.


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