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Question For The Photographers

Wed Dec 29, 1999 11:21 am

I just wanted to know how the heck you photographers get so close to those planes!? is it because you have really good zoom lenses or you can go out on the tarmack? I also was just looking at some pictures taken in Sydney, Australia and it really made me wonder, especially there.

Adam Beauchamp
Reno, NV
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RE: Question For The Photographers

Wed Dec 29, 1999 1:17 pm

Well, some folks are lucky enough to get on the tarmac. Most of us, like you said, use telephoto lenses. I have a 300MM lens myself.
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RE: Question For The Photographers

Wed Dec 29, 1999 3:28 pm

For places like Denver, all you need is a good, 4 wheel drive truck  
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RE: Question For The Photographers

Wed Dec 29, 1999 7:58 pm

Sydney is just great for shooting ... i use everything from 35-500 mm .... and all without ramp access .. all I need is my famous milkcrate ... fences are not that high in Oz ... and also being tall helps !!! If you don't believe it .. check out my shoots on airliner.net ... .

RE: Question For The Photographers

Thu Dec 30, 1999 6:13 am

Yeah, sydneys a great place, check out my new pics when they are uploaded,
if you ever want a holiday come here!!!

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RE: Question For The Photographers

Thu Dec 30, 1999 10:53 am

Australia is great for taking photos, i live in Melbourne but visit all Australian airports in the major capital cities at least once a year but Sydney would have to be the best for great shots. Melbourne is also good but we do not have the traffic like they do in sydney.
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RE: Question For The Photographers

Thu Dec 30, 1999 11:33 am

Some folks are really lucky they live close to an airport where good shots are possible without much hassle. Other folks work at the airport and have some level of access. Some folks ask to be escorted (some credentials can help). Others have big zoom lenses.

Another lucky thing is to carry your camera with you everytime you fly. Get a good window seat and if it's daylight and the window is not too bad, you can get some interesting shots.

The example below was taken from the cabin thru a scratchy window. Needed a bit of PhotoShop processing to get close to acceptable...


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Photo © Orlando Sotomayor

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RE: Question For The Photographers

Fri Dec 31, 1999 6:13 am

Simply answer: When possible I can go close to the planes and when not possible I use my 100-300 lens.
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RE: Question For The Photographers

Fri Dec 31, 1999 4:06 pm

I get both ramp access and shoot with my 300mm. A good lens and ladder (for us in the states where the fences are 6-8 feet hi)

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RE: Question For The Photographers

Sun Jan 02, 2000 12:48 pm

I live in Rio de janeiro, and the fences here are preaty far from the planes, but there is a highway close to the airport that very close to the runways, and there is a preaty good observation deck here at GIG.

ps: I've been to reno 2 years ago, it's a very nice airport! (and so is lake tahoe)
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RE: Question For The Photographers

Fri Jan 07, 2000 9:50 pm

Try Scotland. Prestwick is great with a wonderful viewing gallery. Glasgow International - you need gumboots and climbing gear to scale a muddy tip which overlooks the 07 threshold. Edinburgh - there's a car park under the 24 approach. Neither are particularly photographer friendly. Down in England, Manchester where there is a great aviation viewing park with fantastic departure angles, is first class.
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RE: Question For The Photographers

Sat Jan 08, 2000 2:52 am

I hunt for pilots. I just wander around O'Hare and every pilot that comes along I ask to take me on a tour. This is usually interior-restricted, but once in a while you meet a friendly one (an AA captain took me outside his MD-80, another outside his 737-800) who'll tour you around the exterior. I've actually been inside the wheel well of an MD-80 (that guy was awesome!)... Another thing about ORD is that one runway goes up to a road and the landing aircraft are about twelve feet above your head.

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