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St. Martin March 17th-21st

Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:30 am

Any fellow Anet members going to be down in St Martin.

I will be coming down on thursday(March 17th) from NY on AA.

Also this will be my first trip down there, so any suggestions about shooting locations besides Maho beach would be helpful.


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RE: St. Martin March 17th-21st

Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:58 am

Eric...You suck.

(j/k...I'm just jealous)

Here's my recommendation for you: BRING LOTS OF SUNBLOCK. I was down there in March several years ago, and it was friggin' hot as hell standing out there all day waiting for planes. But, thankfully, the Sunset Beach Bar sells cold........water and soda. Big grin

As for other shooting locations besides the beach, there are plenty of accessible locations around the airport perimeter. Since you've got some time, use it to explore the area. Check out some of the pictures from SXM that are deeper in the database and you'll see some insane photos taken from places other than the beach. I never had the time to go explore, but I wish I did. It's very easy to get around the airport perimeter, and I have never heard of a single person ever being harassed or questioned by anyone. However, just don't do anything stupid that you wouldn't do here in NYC (i.e., such as parking a rental car in a no parking zone on the side of a road).

Here's some ideas for pictures that I had been thinking about, even if others have done them before: (1) head-on departure shots from the other end of the airport; (2) departure shots from the mountain on the other side of the airport (this has been done, but there are so few pictures from this insane angle); (3) departure shots with the plane against the mountain background; (4) close-up touchdown shots from the beach; (5) shots of planes over the beach, taken from the water; (6) shots from the hotel(s) that line the edge of Maho Bay. I've never had the opportunity to do anything like this, but there are these possibilities and many more that you can choose from. Don't be put off by the recent threads by people bitching and moaning about how SXM shots are boring...those people are losers and don't know what the hell they're talking about. SXM is a fantastic place, with many different angles available for photography. You are going to love your trip to paradise!

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RE: St. Martin March 17th-21st

Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:37 am

thanks Josh,

I will be sure to check out as many locations as possible. I was thinking the same thing about the moutain shots.

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RE: St. Martin March 17th-21st

Fri Mar 11, 2005 5:10 am

I'm jealous too!

I suppose a trip to SXM for you guys is like a trip to Majorca for us lot over here (in terms of cost,etc.).
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RE: St. Martin March 17th-21st

Fri Mar 11, 2005 5:17 am


I'll be on AA flight 667 there on the 21st, most likely arriving around 1:00 PM. Seeya in the terminal. Big grin

You'll LOVE it.

Oh, and amen to the sunscreen. Last time I missed the part on my upper lip and it made me look like a certain Nazi leader whos name I shall not mention.... cough.  yuck 


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RE: St. Martin March 17th-21st

Fri Mar 11, 2005 5:58 am

Now I know why I am sick of those SXM pics - I haven't been!!!!!!!!! And all these other lucky buggers are going!!!!!!!!!!

Ah well, another exciting weekend hoping something different flies in to the island  grumpy 

One day, just you wait, one day......................

Have a good time  wink 

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RE: St. Martin March 17th-21st

Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:19 am


There are some holes at the top of the fence on the 27 end suitable for long shots of 09 departures. You will need a long lens.
The sunset is just about right for creative departures from 09 as well.
Drive to the new tower and walk the perimeter of the fence. With a 300 MM lens you can get some nice touchdown shots.
De-planing and the drive to the terminal also provide ramp shot opportunities if your gear is ready. The security guys will not rush you too extremely.
If you have breakfast at MARY'S BOON Hotel on the south side of the runway they will allow you to visit their little observation deck for TO shots, Have a longer lens, the light is right at 10 A.M.
The gate at the North side of the runway by the Red Cross office on Simpson Bay Rd. has wide bars good for taxi shots in the late afternoon.
You never know what may arrive on 09 or how low they might be, so any time spent at the Sunset Beach Bar in valuable before 9 A.M. or after 1 P.M.

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