Aer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1537 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5438 times:
Just post the airport(s) NEAR YOU that are Photo-friendly and the ones that ARE NOT Photo-friendly in general. Include SHORT descriptions if possible (ie one or two lines). Please only post information on your local airport as this can maximise the authenticity of the current situation. Updates can also be posted if an authorities stance changes. However if we dont happen to have any locals form say Tokyo Haneda or Beijing for instance then people who were there recently can maybe enlighten us on the situations there. The aim of this maybe is to inform anyone who may be traveling to the destination to have the latest information on the authorities stance on us photographers and also to keep all the individual updates we often get in one post.
Try to keep it in the following format:
Dublin Airprort, Ireland (DUB) - No restrictions whatsoever outside the perimeter fence Weston Aerodrome (General Aviation), Dublin, Ireland - Once you stay within the viewing/picnic area provided then there will be no hassle. The area is really close to the action so there should be no need to stray away from it
MDL_777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 267 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5250 times:
CLT - Charlotte, North Carolina: Reopened observation area overlooking Runway 18R in April. Also there is a small aviation muesum on the other side of the airport with good vantage points as well. Also, you can pull off to the side of the road behind 18R for approach shots. I have done this several times and have not been bothered once.
Donder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 23 Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5227 times:
GVA-no problems and several excellent spots
LHR-ditto and unlike other major airports(CDG etc)its hard to mioss the action
LGW-good too but you need to like walking if the 9s are in use
LTN-1 very good spot for taxiway shots although the 'London Luton Airport' sign is a pain not big prob.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3786 posts, RR: 24 Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5237 times:
IAH- Probably the photo friendliest major airport in the US.........so far.....There are 2 major observation areas. For touchdown and approach shots the observation area adjacent runway 27 offers unparalleled spotting and photography. The big birds scream right over your head as many of my approach and touchdown pics indicate. If you are more into rotation shots, well IAH has you covered in that area as well. The observation area just off of runway 15R/L on the west side of the field offers some stunning photo opportunities, again check out some of my work. Recently Joe Pries , Ben Wang, Jay Davis and others were here for a convention and during their off time managed to grab a few knockout shots from this area as well. Photography from the car parks of C and A/B is also allowed and can offer some nice views.
A new area that I have been taking advantage as of late is the Marriott Hotel car park. Some of my most recent uploads, namely the 2 shots of the COEX ATRs and the Fedex 'DC-10 'wave' shot were taken from this vantage point. As this is private property I try not to abuse the privilege of using this area for my work and so far have had no problems.
HOU- I am not certain as I have yet to any serious photography out there since 9/11. I'll have to get out there when time permits.
Sinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1563 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5149 times:
FLL: Not bad at all, If your from out of town rent a pickup not a car and put a ladder in the back. Just keep all ladders 10 feet from the fence. You can also shoot fot the top of the parking garage, But you need 300mm or more. You can shot a 763 at about 280mm.
MIA: Some days good most days bad. Unless you know somebody.
Sunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 15 Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5113 times:
BWI and DCA are both spotter friendly; however, the caveat is that they are only friendly if the winds are right.
For BWI, if the wind is from the north-ish and runway 33 is in use, you can get great shots from the observation park at the approach of 33 in the afternoon. There is also an indoor observation area in the terminal that is accessible by the general public without a ticket. Views of the runways are ok but you will mostly be looking at the B/C gates (I think).
For DCA, if winds are from the south-ish and runway 19 is in use, you can shoot from Gravely Point in the afternoon. You can also spot from the terminal without a ticket.
At both airports:
- there have been cases of people being questioned and even turned away while spotting inside the terminals... even in the "observation" areas! Does not make sense but it has happened.
- shooting through the glass is possible but not ideal.
- if the winds are from the other directions there are no spots where you can stay comfortably, relax and shoot/spot.
Mighluss From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 934 posts, RR: 9 Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4966 times:
BCN too, no problem outside the fence, you have a lot of different spotting places.
I was very surprised in LGW, what a terrace...without glass, good view... and I took some photos in the rail station, very good view of approaches!
2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8 Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4945 times:
San Diego (SAN/KSAN) A decent viewing area at the approach end of RWY 27, (Corner of Harbor Drive and Laurel St. Across from U.S. Coast Guard Station.) From here you can get decent taxi/hold shots and approach shots. The actual touchdown point is too far to the west to take photos of. No issues with photography unless you are on of the idiots who likes to climb up on the fence. No photography available from inside the terminal itself unless you are a ticketed passenger.