dullesguy
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Spotting, No Car

Sat Dec 04, 2004 9:21 am

Hey all, I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas of where the best place to go for spotting would be, if one didnt have a car to get around in? Its gotta be within the USA b/c thats all I can afford. Don't wanna go home, so I can use this winter break to finally get a chance to take some pics. Any help would be appriciated!


Stephen
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Marco_Polo
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RE: Spotting, No Car

Sat Dec 04, 2004 9:45 am

In term of what you are looking for I Phoenix Sky Harbour is probably the best spot for you to photography. There are 3 terminals all with-in shuttle bus reaches and each has its own parking garage which all spotters used for spotting. There are hotels nearby on Broadway or Univeristy Dr. that provides shuttle free of charge to and from the Phoenix Sky Harbour. The only international you'll get here is BA and the rest is domestic with heavy traffic all day long. Winter time between now and the end of February to the best time to spot. You'll have good lighting all day with great sun rise and sun set. PHX airport itself is very friendly and police friendly also. Yes, they will do round from time to time just checkin-up, take info, photo-id and if not sometime they can chat up a conversation for hours. Most of the time you won't even be bothered at all. Here are some photos from the great local spotters.

Night photography is also magnificient here so you might want to give that a shot also.


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Well you probably get the point, but feel free to e-mail any of these guys to know more about spotting at PHX. Contact or look at this website to learn more about PHX.

http://www.cactuswings.com/

cheers - Jay
 
ordflyer
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RE: Spotting, No Car

Sat Dec 04, 2004 12:54 pm

MDW is quite spotter friendly for someone without a car. You can take a walk to the top level of the parking garage, or walk a block south on Cicero Ave and have lunch/spot at White Castle. Great views from the corner of 63rd and Cicero if they are landing on 31C. There is also a Giordanos Pizza on that corner which has very good food if you are looking for Chicago pizza. Other than that, if you are feeling energetic you can walk around the entire perimeter of the airport since it is surrounded by sidewalks. That's about a 4 mile walk total. Most of the airport is surrounded by "soundproof" walls that you can't see through, but you can still stand under landing planes as they pass very close overhead.
Not a ton of variety...mostly WN (and TZ for the time being) but you can get close to the action.
 
AdamWright
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RE: Spotting, No Car

Mon Dec 06, 2004 4:38 am

Washington DCA.

You can shoot from Gravelly Point and then walk the 10 minute hike up to the terminal along the 'Jogging' path. You can make shots from inside the terminal and just outside the terminal from the concrete parK:

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Gravely Point:
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-Adam

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