My story actually starts the night before, After I got off work at 11pm. I came home, had some serious business to do. First on the agenda was to take a shower, because hey, seven hours of working isn't gonna make you smell like rosemary. Then I had to eat, so EZ
mac it was. After I got the necessities out of the way, I got down to the real business. First, I got onto the forums to make sure nothing had changed and the final plans were set. Good, that's done. Second, Clearing my memory cards and charching the batteries.
After I cleared my memory cards, charged my batteries, and emptied my pictures folder off my hard drive and onto a CD
-R, and about 2:30am, it was time for some rest.
7am and my alarm clock goes off to the KBPI Locker Room. I quickly pull myself out of bed and begin getting dressed. Once that task is completed, I go to put on deodorant, gel in the hair, brush my teeth, and shave. I'll explain why I had to do all that in front of a mirror later, but I digress. I went downstairs and had a quick breakfast of Trix cereal (it's good stuff), and then put my work uniform in the car, along with the camera and tripod. With Tool's "Lateralus" in the cd player, and a Red Bull down the hatch, it is 7:30 and off I go, planning to meet with Vitaly, Kyle, and Ryan at 9am in the conoco parking lot.
Ok, who knew that it only takes 45 minutes to get to the airport from my house? Apparantly I didn't, as I was merging onto E470 at 7:45.
I arrived at the conoco parking lot at 8:15 am. Being that I am 45 minutes early, I decide to go into Conoco for some orange juice. As I go in, Murphy's Law make's it's first appearance, as several aircraft depart runway 25 as I am inside. When I come back out, nothing is happening.
Around 9:00 Ryan pulls up in his saturn, and we wait for the others, as Kyle, and later Vitaly show up. Just as Vitaly shows up, a UA744 arrives on 16L. We drove down the road a little to see it taxi to Concourse B. This was the view from Rental Car Road:
After taking a few shots, we head out to 96th to shoot the arrivals on 16L and 16R. This is the area where Alex Kroychik took his belly shot of the 744, the planes come in low over here.
I know this isn't maho beach, but this is low for Denver.
Anyway, after being here for a few minutes, Officer Romero showed up, along with some of his compadres, in what seemed a little bit overkill. Slow day, I guess. Romero just took our ID
's and our plate numbers, and chatted with us about the hobby. At one point he looked at all of us, looked at Vitaly and said "you seem relaxed," looked at Kyle and said "you look alright," looked at me and said "yeah, you look pretty relaxed," then looked at Ryan and said "you look like you are about to have a heart attack, calm down, I don't wanna call an ambulence out here!" That was about it, then they left. Pretty soon after, some FirstWatch guys came out, and talked with us, same spiel actually, then they left, came back again for our ID
's and plates, and left. Again.
All in all we were visited by 3 DPD Suburbans and 1 Sedan, and 2 Firstwatch vehicles (Twice).
After shooting several arrivals, Jeff showed up, and we continued shooting. The plan was to stay and shoot Phil's arrival, but right as we decided to, the winds shifted, and the 34's were used for takeoff. This wasn't a bad thing, though, as we found out, because the UA
744 was ready to depart at this time. Unfortunately for us, it was departing runway 34L, so we had to jog about a quarter mile to get there, but here was the result of our endeavor:
After that, it was a nice leasurely walk back to our cars.
in this picture (left to right) Vitaly, Jeff, Ryan, and Kyle.
We then went back to the Conoco parking lot, where we were joined by Phil, Aaron, and Jason. From here we decided to head to Quiznos for a bite to eat and chillin out, at this point we were joined by Alex "The Mad Russian" Kroychik.
After we ate, we decided to head back for some spotting at the Conoco parking lot. While we were there, Jeff let me try out his 100-400L IS
, and I gotta say that thing is impressive! Big thanks to Jeff for letting me try it out!
After I took these shots, we noticed that there was a whole lot of smoke coming up near the 35's, so we pretty much broke ranks then, Phil and Aaron wen't to catch flights to LAX
, while Alex had work. Me, Jason, Ryan, and Kyle went to investigate, but it turned out to be a grass fire.
All in all, it was an awesome time, and i'm glad I got to meet so many new people. Looking forward to doing it again, cheers,
And all at once the crowd begins to sing: Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same