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Advise About PHX

Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:51 am

I see that Delta has $160 roundtrip TPA-PHX. but I see that PHX is an east-west oriented airport. Are their good photo oppurtunities at this time of year? At work now, can't show any specific pics as examples.
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RE: Advise About PHX

Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:59 am

While East-West, all the terminals, and thus gate taxiing, are north south

But the sun is almost always in a good position for runway shots this time of year at PHX.
 
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RE: Advise About PHX

Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:20 am

The Thunderbirds will be kicking off their season at Luke AFB next year. That Open House and a day at PHX could make a good trip.

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RE: Advise About PHX

Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:59 pm

Oops, that should read advi C e

Most shots seem to be in the transition seasons (fall, spring)

So, if I'm on the parking deck, looking towards the gates/taxiways/runways, will pics be backlit?

What about that bridge crossing?


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RE: Advise About PHX

Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:05 pm

Well... being aviation photographers we almost have to be sun-worshippers (or else the dreaded backlit or contrast shots, and believe me I know how those feel!). Just follow the sun...

In late fall to early spring the sun is further south, so shooting anything facing north should be good. In the hot summer when the sun is farthest north you'd want to face south especially 2 hours before sunset...so at PHX, I'm assuming that you can turn around and face the south ramp/runway and still get good shots?

As for the bridge crossing shots, If I recall the PHX map you would be facing west or east when shooting shots like the ones posted above? That would not work too good in late afternoon.

what about shooting areas on the ground? is PHX pretty friendly toward photographers/enthusiasts?

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RE: Advise About PHX

Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:59 pm

Quoting Bruce (Reply 4):
what about shooting areas on the ground? is PHX pretty friendly toward photographers/enthusiasts?

There are some, next to rwy 26 and the parking lot in front of 25L/R. There is a fence though...If you stand on one of the roofs of the terminal there will be a possibility you'll meet up with the police or security. Some of them don't understand why you're up there (especially if your not American) and it'll take you quite some time and you'll miss the BA747  Sad
 
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RE: Advise About PHX

Fri Dec 08, 2006 3:10 am

I spent a couple of days at PHX in early Feb and the weather was great the first day, but very dull the second. From the perspective of sun position, shooting to the south from the car parks is tricky when the sun is shining. The taxiway bridge can be good morning or afternoon (but need to change car parks), anything to the north is good all day.

Personally, I found T4 car park the best. You'll either get good take offs or landings on the north runway (it was take-offs when I was there).

From T4 to the north runway:

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From T4 to the ramps:

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The bridge from T4 and T3:

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You can use a shuttle bus to get between the terminals. It is also possible to shoot from T2. I never went there, but I have heard that the views are somewhat obstructed. In winter the top of T4 is fine (but still warm), but the top level of T3 has a fence - you need to go down a level. I believe there is a spot to the south of the south runway, but that would require a car (which I didn't have in Phoenix).

I really liked PHX - lots of variety (both airlines and types), several reasonable places to shoot. I was checked out a couple of times by security, but it was all very friendly.
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RE: Advise About PHX

Sat Dec 09, 2006 4:08 am

The bridge crossing, how much zoom would I need for, say a 757? I only have 300mm, non-digital.
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RE: Advise About PHX

Sat Dec 09, 2006 3:19 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 7):
The bridge crossing, how much zoom would I need for, say a 757? I only have 300mm, non-digital.

300mm would be more than adequate for the bridge from either T4 (morning) or T3 (afternoon). This is assuming you have zoom, not a 300mm prime (I think that would be too much for the bridge).
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