mygind66
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Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 5:01 am

Hi all:

Having a look to this pic I was wondering how were our places where we take pictures..


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I have to say to the Manchester spotters that you have a very clean, decent and why not beautiful place!! I envy you  Wow!

Here in Mallorca at PMI we have to fight against dirt, needles (heroin addicts who come nearby because the "local dealer" is located closed to the spotter place), dust...

Same thing when I've seen some pics from AMS for example..

Another point is the short distance you are from airplanes. I don't know why in my airport we are so far to the rwys..Do they worry about if we throw stones??

All the best
Enrique



 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 5:12 am

Hola Enrique,
Here in DUS, we have 2 very nice spotting places. There is one close to each end of the runway. This one:


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(sorry to plug, but this pic is good for this purpose)

is basically the roof of the train station of the airport, which is located slightly away from the main terminal building, at the threshold for runway 23L/R. It is very clean, and you can get extremely close to the aircraft as seen here:


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The other observation deck is ontop of the terminal building, ontop of terminal B. From here, photos opportunities are good, especially for planes landing 05L/R, and taking off 23L/R. The following photos were taken from there:


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sulman
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 5:17 am

The field at the end of 09L at LHR:



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mygind66
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 5:30 am

Sebastian..

That was a fast reply to the thread!

We used to have in PMI a terrace located in the main building during the 70's but somebody (very very clever) thought it was nothing necessary when the new airport was built...No windows, no open places or terraces where to take pics.
Now comes to mi mind the Mexico DF airport with huge stairs..

Enrique
 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 5:34 am

The 'mound' at SOU, looking North. The runway is off to the right.



The mound, looking South. the GA and executive ramp is just in front, the terminal is behind the hangar.



Apologies for the fairly sh1tty quality - I took these a while ago, for no particular reason!



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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 6:04 am

Another point is the short distance you are from airplanes. I don't know why in my airport we are so far to the rwys..Do they worry about if we throw stones??
I hear you, Enrique. At FRA you're close to approaching planes, but not close to the runways. The airport is surrounded by passenger & cargo terminals, Lufthansa maintenance & office buildings, 2 freeways, 20-metre-high walls (so that airport employees don't get distracted by the car noise), heavy woods & an air base. Not the best conditions for aviation photography if you ask me. Plus, you almost always have a taxiway between you & the runway.

Basically, there are just 3 spots: the terrace, the 25L approach & the Rwy 18 platform. Here are 2 pics from the vicinity of the 25L spot:







And here's the Rwy 18 spot:





I'm not a big fan of all those spots. Instead of a terrace a few dirt piles just beside the fence would do much more to better the photography situation.

Thomas

PS: Thanks to the crew for getting this FRA bug fixed.

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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 6:07 am

CGN:



EDDL
 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 6:17 am

Imageshack appears to be playing up.

09L at LHR. Landing light array is out of the frame to the right.


The mound at SOU, looking in both directions:









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mygind66
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 6:50 am

EDDL:

Well, we don't have such crowd watching airplanes
and is no necessary to fight for a place  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Enrique
 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 6:55 am

@Mygind66:

Usually there about 3-5 spotters on the viewing deck. Lots of space for everybody. The reason for the huge crowd can be seen in the background: AN225 Mriya ...

EDDL
 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 7:02 am

Hi folks,

I became a little bit envious looking at your airports. Here, in Belgrade, photography is not welcome by the police, and, believe me guys, those folks in uniforms are really paranoid!!

You are really lucky!

Enrique, from my point of view, PMI doesn't sound bad at all.


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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 9:34 am



Midfield Park at BFI. That's the other Bill ruining his roof.

Mt. Rainier can be seen to the right on the horizon.

 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 10:34 am

NY have a spotting place! The closest thing we have is Plainview park at LGA sorry no picture
 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 11:59 am

This is usually where I spot from:

 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 1:36 pm

Are these types of shots generally accepted? What is the criteria for accepting a shot of an observation area?

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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 1:38 pm

That's the other Bill ruining his roof.

OMG. Why doesnt he just buy a ladder and put it in the bed of his truck? cannot be more expensive than what it would cost to fix his roof. I damn sure wouldnt stand on the roof of my new truck.
 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 1:58 pm

Here's two shots of the photo holes location on the west side of MIA:

http://www.pbase.com/image/32251350
http://www.pbase.com/image/32251369
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sat Aug 14, 2004 8:08 pm

The viewing deck at DRS is a bit lousy is you ask me, only windows. But good shots are also manageable.


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Karine
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sun Aug 15, 2004 4:34 am

Hello to all


Here is where i take photos in LFMN (Nice France)


I can see landing on RWY 04L and take off RWY 04R


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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sun Aug 15, 2004 4:38 pm

mmmmh, I booked my flight to Nice just some days ago.
I'm really looking foward to spend again some days at the Cote d'Azur.

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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sun Aug 15, 2004 5:37 pm

Hi all,

this is not a real overview of the observation deck at HAM. but you can see the end of it. Offers a great spot for runway 23 operations...

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BTW; I'm also pictured in this one Big grin

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mygind66
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sun Aug 15, 2004 9:08 pm

General view with 2 of the most common places



From number 1:



From the left side of the road you can take pics without ladder ( The rwy is located on the right hand side ). Sometimes what you photogragh is a firefighter throwing water to a checkpoint from the airport!!



Typical photo from this side:

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And from place number 2:


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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sun Aug 15, 2004 9:14 pm

Sorry...Forgot to say was PMI airport.

Cheers

Enrique
 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Sun Aug 15, 2004 10:34 pm

Karine,
That is a nice photo....I see you joined airliners.net 6 days ago, welcome.  Smile........

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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Mon Aug 16, 2004 12:49 am

ExitRow - a "park" at midfield??? Is that something new? I did not see it during my visit in 2002. Do you get hassled over there?
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Mon Aug 16, 2004 1:10 am

Bruce.

Nope. It's been there. Most people think it's a private parking lot. It's directly below and to the South of the tower. It's just a parking lot so don't expect a swingset or teeter-totter.

BFI police know what spotters are and usually don't bother you there unless you do something stupid.

Here's a shot from yesterday's trip to YVR. Quite a turnout.



Notice Bo looking at this camera while everyone else is still shooting. HA! Small buffers suck.

I must say, after looking at this shot, we must look REALLY odd to the average person...
 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Mon Aug 16, 2004 2:04 am

Karine:

What lens(es) do you use? I've been to "the beach" there just 2 weeks ago. I was standing at the very outer edge of the beach to get a 737 full frame with a 70-300mm @ 300mm!
If you take photos from the position you are pictured above you need some monster glass without doubt  Smile

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Visitors Terrace:

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26 Approach:


And also, ZRH approach rwy 14...


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cheers,
Florian





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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:05 am

Florian

I use a Nikkor 80-400 AF-VR or a Nikkor 300 AF 2.8 with 1.4x Teleconverter

Cheers

Karine

 
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Mon Aug 16, 2004 5:11 am

At Faro, but note that usually we don't have so many spotters, in this day there were enthusiasts from all the country and foreigners, because of the russian traffic for the Euro 2004 games.



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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Mon Aug 16, 2004 5:29 pm

Plenty of places around my local here in Adelaide, Australia. They are always changing, especially because of the construction of the NEW terminal.

My favourite spot is at a skatepark located at the end of runway 05/23 and the views down the length of the runway are fantastic.

The spot: ------------------> --------------------------------------------------> The view:

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Good to see other airport spots for photography.

David.M.




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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Mon Aug 16, 2004 7:16 pm

Luis,

What a great day that was. I don't remember the last time there were so many cameras pointed at planes in Faro. There were 62 photographers, a great and hot day. Thank god for the tent that João set up, to give some shade.
and why do I always stay with my back turned to the photographer?  Big grin

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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Mon Aug 16, 2004 7:45 pm

This is how the best spotting place of OST looked like, still with the wooden fence...

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Now we need some creativity to get over the fence...


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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Mon Aug 16, 2004 7:58 pm

wow does this VOLVO have a reinforced roff or what? " people on the roof and it doesnt bend. Swedish quality eh?
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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:19 pm

It's Swedish quality with a Belgian homebuilt accessoirie Big grin

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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Mon Aug 16, 2004 9:07 pm

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

great pic sven .....

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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Tue Aug 17, 2004 5:55 pm

Sven,

Putting up a car like near the fence doesnt' attract unwanted attention from people passing by or the police? In Portugal, it wouldn't but at some other airports spotters would most likely get a visit from the police.

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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Tue Aug 17, 2004 8:39 pm

Digby...

Adelaide seems to be perfect with all these attractions (Skatepark, so close to the rwy...).
I'm encouraging myself and I'll write a letter to my local council to have one of those parks  Big thumbs up

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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Fri Aug 20, 2004 5:43 am

Luis, we never had any problem with the police, also not with the airport security. A lot of people who work on the airport are also spotters and they know us.

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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Fri Aug 20, 2004 6:50 am

Well....

TNCM/SXM is actually where I've spotted the longest for (shows how much i get to LGA/JFK) so I'll show you around.

Seems pretty clean to me! Sunsets are unbelievable.



It get's kind of windy sometimes...



Nice and crowded with NO authorities!



Going back in March.

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RE: Photographing Spotter's Places..

Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:47 am

Here is IAH 's enteries

From the garages at A/B

http://400scalehangar.com/forum/album_page.php?pic_id=243

and from the official observation area off 27.


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Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:49 am

I want to go here someday:


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