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Weather = Sh*t, Would You Still Go Spotting.  
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2868 times:

Picture this, you have a chance to go spotting at an airport you don't normally visit and would really like to go. However, weather reports predict heavy winds and tons of rain. There is a big risk that you may not get many good pictures. To make matters worse, this is a fairly rear opportunity for you (going to that particular airport). And to top it off, you don't even have the worlds best access to the airport.

Do you still go...?

Those of you with a sharp mind probably realise that this is the kind of question I'm faced with now. I feel I have nothing to lose, so I may go for it.

Thom@s


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
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User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3149 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2823 times:
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Probably I would still go, unless I could use the time in another sensible way.
I would at least try to get some shots for myself...
In fact, I have mostly poor weather shots from Kai Tak, but that's better than having none, and the memories of having been made it well worth.

Konstantin



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User currently offlineJoakimE From Sweden, joined Nov 2001, 408 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

Hell yeah, no wind, rain, snow or extreme cold could stop this fanatic  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineLugonza_2001 From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 315 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

Hi!

Here in Madrid temperatures have been below 0ºC (32ºF), i plan to go this weekend because it seems it´s going to be cooler.

If you go, try to go with tons of coats, umbrellas, gloves,... seriously, the day you want to go just wake up and see how the day looks like, sometimes (many i would say), weather forecasts are totally wrong!

I know many spotters from Northern Europe and Northern USA still go spotting during extreme conditions, all my respect to you.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

Hell yes, crap weather can also provide the opportunity for some of the most artistic photos possible, if you know just when to hit the shutter.


-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineJFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2685 times:
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To steal a line from fishermen:
"A bad day of spotting is better than a good day at work"

If you have the chance to go....go....always go, because when you find out you could have seen a plane you have always wanted to see and you missed it you will never forget it.

Corey



C'mon Man
User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

I'd go, oh yeah baby  Big thumbs up

Ivan



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User currently offlineMoose From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 53 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2651 times:

Gotta go. You got something better to do? I didn't think so.  Big grin  Big grin

User currently offlineAAGOLD From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 545 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
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Go for it! Who knows you may never get back there again and maybe you'll be just lucky enough to catch a real gem. At least the pictures you take will be memories of your visit whether they're good or bad.

Art


User currently offlineAlaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

I go only when there is something rare, but otherwise I don't enjoy bad weather all that much.

But being cold doesn't mean anything, I was out spotting yesterday and a week ago, temps yesterday were -10 and -20 last week, didn't stop me..... Smile

Here are the results from last week:


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Some might consider this bad weather, but for a spotter, its paradise. But, I do agree it was COLDDDDDDDDDDDDD!  Big grin


Thats only a couple, have more.

-Dmitry


User currently offlineAviationIvi From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 777 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

Weather = Sh*t, Would You Still Go Spotting.

not anymore! not worth all the expenses!
just my 2 cents...

Ivica


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

At my home airport: Only if something rare is coming in, and if my wife is a bad mood  Big grin

Far-off location: If I am close by, and I am assured of getting a lot of registrations that I don't have, I'll go. But if I have to go a long way, and the weather is really lousy, forget it.

Charles


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Ok, so most of you guys would go despite bad weather. I was thinking so myself when it suddenly turned out I couldn't go after all. Ironically it wasn't due to the weather, but the fact that I lost my ride to the airport. (Driver wasn't going after all, and poor students like myself can't afford public transport everytime I feel like going spotting.) Oh well there's always a chance in March.  Smile

Thanks for your oppinions everyone.

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlinePlaneboy From India, joined May 2005, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2603 times:

Dmitry - those are great shots !!

Thomas - In crap weather I would go fishin' - cause fish bite real good when the weather is such. Or I might stay home and play the guitar.

I've never shot much plane pics in bad weather...


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2594 times:

Spotting is more interesting in bad weather, photography is easier in good weather.

I'd still go, because most of the time I have no choice and I have such bad luck with this sort of thing that every time I go it rains or it is dark and cloudy or raining..

mprrrfffffh.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Fishing isn't really an option for me at the time Terry,  Smile

It's not like I haven't taken pictures in rain before, an earlier spotting trip nearly drowned me. But there is infact one type of weather worse than rain for a spotter...


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OVERCAST, ARRRGH!

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineKLAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2510 times:

I'd go if it was somewhere different, but never here unless it was a weekday...


-Clovis




User currently offlineRayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2484 times:

Well, I f I had travelled that distance, I'd give it a go, just so I could look back at those pics to give me a reminder. However, I'd probably only stay at the airport a short while and then go sightseeing. The chances are I'd forget about any photos going to a.net, but you never know, there could be interesting conditions and it could clear up later in the afternoon.


Remember, there are other things to enjoy other than planes!


R


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2468 times:

GO! You'll never know what you could miss.

User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

I would. You never know, sometimes you can get some nice photos in shitty weather........


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Plus you never know and the weather forecaster could be wrong and you could end up having better weather than forecasted.

Richard Silagi


User currently offlineRWY-16 From Switzerland, joined Dec 2000, 106 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Yes, I also take pictures on bad weather, but I try to make the picture interesting:


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Regards, Andi


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