ua777222
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LHR Spotting/Shooting

Tue Dec 26, 2006 7:41 pm

I have a feeling that I'll be stuck in LHR for a night before having to take a flight from LHR to SFO. What are the best times to photograph and what are the best ways to go about spotting? My sister and mother are going to Berlin on the 13th and I have a flight out of LHR on the 14th at 10am. I was hoping to catch an early flight to LHR, check into my hotel, and go out shooting....

Thanks for any help.

Matthew
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chachu201
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:30 am

Well, try and get into the Renaissance, as youre directly next to the runway, and good shots are possible from the hotel car park and bar (which is very good), and if you can be bothered, just walk across the road to the perimeter fence, and you can get very close to the aircraft.

Weather at heathrow is totally crap right now, but you can see weather 7 days in advance here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/5day.shtml?world=4583

As regards spotting spots, ill let someone else do the talking: http://www.plane-mad.com/guide_view.php?guide=lhr

If you can be bothered, see this: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lhr/

As regards police and security, theyre pretty tense now, with routinely armed officer around, which isnt normal for the UK. A couple of times there has also been military support. So if a copper tells you to move, I would advise you do. They have plenty of very comfortable holding cells at Heathrow Central Police Station Big grin

They dont particularly like you coming up to the perimeter fence as well, so within minutes of getting there, expect to be moved on, as they patrol around the fence very thoroughly. Best thing to do is use a long lens and take photos from the hotel bar  Wink

I might have missed something out, but I hope I have helped!

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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:14 am

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jamesbuk
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 4:26 am

Quoting Chachu201 (Reply 1):

I went about 2 months ago, stood down by the fence at 27R for about 30 mins, didnt get moved on ( i was right against the fence) then moved round to the knocked down total garage by 27L was there for ages and didnt get moved on.




Thats what i got when i went. Enjoy your time there!

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chachu201
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:04 am

Well, James, maybe I just look naturally suspicicous! I was always moved at every point except one.

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cosec59
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:14 am

Quoting Chachu201 (Reply 4):
Well, James, maybe I just look naturally suspicicous! I was always moved at every point except one.


I've been a regular at LHR for 30 years or so and have never been moved on.
UA777222, if you would like a tour of LHR then please let me know via my profile.
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chachu201
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:32 am

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 5):
I've been a regular at LHR for 30 years or so and have never been moved on.
UA777222, if you would like a tour of LHR then please let me know via my profile.

Huh? Why me? I seem to have always been the victim of being moved on! Bloody ridiculous  Sad
 
jamesbuk
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:58 am

Quoting Chachu201 (Reply 6):

Maybe the gaurd was just having a bad day?  silly 

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cosec59
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 6:01 am

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 7):
Maybe the gaurd was just having a bad day?

Good job he wasn't a member of the spelling police  Wink
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ua777222
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 6:44 am

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 5):
UA777222, if you would like a tour of LHR then please let me know via my profile.

Sent.

Thank you,

Matthew
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 8:04 am

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 5):

I've been to LHR many times around the fence, never got moved.
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chachu201
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 8:25 am

Quoting Vice911 (Reply 10):

I've been to LHR many times around the fence, never got moved.

Damn it, now im really annoyed!
 
JakTrax
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 8:50 am

Wanna be more annoyed? I've never been moved on either - and I've regularly been spotted by police partols!

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jamesbuk
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RE: LHR Spotting/Shooting

Wed Dec 27, 2006 10:06 am

When i did go though, I was standing on them big concrete blocks by the demolished petrol garage. Some guy drove past stuck his head out of the window and was shouting something. We couldnt hear him as a 747 took off as he shouted  silly 

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 8):
Good job he wasn't a member of the spelling police

 shhh   shhh 

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