ba286
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Good Places To Spot And Take Pictures At SMF?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 11:51 am

Hello,
I had a rather bad experience spotting today over on Power Line Road. I parked my car on the edge of the street on a small gravel area and watched the planes come and go. But 15 minutes later the Sherriff shows up and tells me that the "people at the airoprt" are getting nervous! And he politely "asked" me if I could relocate. He was very nice and joked around with me, even told me about some other places I could potentialy go. I checked them out and they were ok, but too far from the runway. So I was wondering if anyone has some pointers about spotting at SMF.
BA286
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CO777
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RE: Good Places To Spot And Take Pictures At SMF?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:04 pm

Hi BA286,Try the top of the parking garage at SMF.For pics its only good in the afternoon.The only catch is you will only get Southwest,Delta and America West/US Airways.When i go there this time of the year i go there after 5pm.Thats when the light is at its best.

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RE: Good Places To Spot And Take Pictures At SMF?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 5:25 pm

The only good thing to see in Sacramento is the freeway sign that says "80 West: San Francisco."

Sorry. Couldn't resist. Though, Sacramento certainly isn't as bad as Fresno.
 
ba286
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RE: Good Places To Spot And Take Pictures At SMF?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 5:55 pm

Quoting CO777 (Reply 1):
Hi BA286,Try the top of the parking garage at SMF

Thank's I'll check it out, hopefully I wont have any problems with the Sheriff this time.

Quoting Chrisair (Reply 2):
The only good thing to see in Sacramento is the freeway sign that says "80 West: San Francisco."

Sacramento is a nightmare...especially for someone who has lived in Europe most of their life.
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CO777
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RE: Good Places To Spot And Take Pictures At SMF?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 11:59 pm

I have had no problems at the parking garage.Course what i have done is sit in the truck and then go out and take the pic when the subject is leaveing.
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JohnJ
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RE: Good Places To Spot And Take Pictures At SMF?

Tue Jul 25, 2006 11:29 am

I was there a couple of weeks ago and spent several hours along Power Line Road - no problems, and I liked the location a lot. I tried the parking garage but found it challenging with a 300mm lens - 400mm would work a lot better. Heat haze was also a problem up there until it got very late in the day. To be honest, since I'm not familiar with enforcement policies at SMF, I felt a lot more vulnerable up on the garage than I did along Power Line Road.
 
chrisair
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RE: Good Places To Spot And Take Pictures At SMF?

Tue Jul 25, 2006 4:30 pm

Quoting BA286 (Reply 3):
Sacramento is a nightmare

I couldn't have said it better myself.

At least there is a Cinna-bon in the airport.
 
CO777
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RE: Good Places To Spot And Take Pictures At SMF?

Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:32 am

There isnt much of a food court there.
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