dc10tim
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Nice Or Geneva?

Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:11 am

Hi everyone,

I'll be making my annual trip to the South of England next month and whilst down there, I'm thinking of having a ride out for the day from LGW to somewhere. Easyjet have really good fares at the minute on the GVA and NCE routes, and the times are very good too.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend one or the other? Obviously I wont have a car at the other end, so I need to know really which airport has the best views for photography, within reasonable walking distance of the terminal (or even at the terminal?).

Regards,

Tim.
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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:29 am

Go for Nice if you can arrange to fly in late May, you might get quite some special bizjet visitors because of the F1 Grand Prix in Monte Carlo around the 28th I think.

Planned to go there, can't anymore...bugger  Sad

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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:35 am

are there really any good palce to shoot from in Nice?

If I remember right the only time the sun isn't right in your face is late in the evening.
 
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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:17 am

Geneva is good.

You can walk to the exec terminal and shoot through the holes in the fence of their car park which is right next to the hold.

Plenty of exec movements.

Light is good from that point aswell.
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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:23 am

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 2):
If I remember right the only time the sun isn't right in your face is late in the evening.

True unfortunately. I'd still pick Nice over GVA.... sea, sun and fun  Wink
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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:39 am

Thanks for the replies so far guys.

I'm flying down to LGW on 14th, so a day trip would most likely be 15th.

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 2):
If I remember right the only time the sun isn't right in your face is late in the evening.

I seem to think you're right Royal. I've driven past the airport before on the dual-carriageway, but never actually had the opportunity to photograph there. I was wondering if there is anywhere you can get to the south side of the approach lights?

Quoting UA935 (Reply 3):
You can walk to the exec terminal and shoot through the holes in the fence of their car park which is right next to the hold.

That sounds good. Can you get all the usual movements from outside of the terminal?

Regards,

Tim.
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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:51 am

Quoting DC10Tim (Reply 5):
I was wondering if there is anywhere you can get to the south side of the approach lights?

Sure! Rent a boat and you should be fine on the water on the south side of the airport!  Wink

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dc10tim
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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:07 am

Quoting ThierryD (Reply 6):
Sure! Rent a boat and you should be fine on the water on the south side of the airport!

Lol. I'm guessing it can't be done then?
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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Thu Apr 05, 2007 6:46 am

Quoting DC10Tim (Reply 7):
I'm guessing it can't be done then?

Not with a boat....needs to be a mid-size yacht in southern France  Wink
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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:13 pm

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 2):
If I remember right the only time the sun isn't right in your face is late in the evening.

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NCE is horror in terms of light. Other traffic than bizjets is also very boring. I rented a small boat the recent year to get the sun in the back. It took roughly 25mins when we were checked by some policeboat .... , we were told to leave the spot .... - so not a good idea with the boat.
Would be different if you have a 50m+ boat ....
I am flying to NCE this evening and guess what where I am going spotting on Saturday? I ll drive down the way to MRS Smile

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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:31 pm

Having been to both, would definitely pick Geneva over Nice, although both can be pretty quiet for airliner traffic with biz making up the numbers. GVA has much better photography opportunities and more biz.


Check out www.dpts.org for lots of GVA info

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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:02 am

Hey DC10Tim,

Never been to NCE but I would not go there for spotting, light and trafic isn't worth. If you plan to come to GVA I'll be glad to drive you around if you want. Just drop me an IM.  Smile

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dc10tim
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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:04 am

That's very kind of you Alejandro. I will most likely be booking GVA in the next day or so.

I'll drop you a line nearer the time.

Regards,

Tim.
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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:23 am

Nice is the one place in Europe I've had the filth stop me taking pictures. Some Gendarme on a moped was most objectionable there and only my BA staff pass stopped him going further I think. And yes, the sun is nearly always in the wrong place unless you get to the other side of the airport.

The other problem with Nice of course, is it's where JGPH1A lives which could be disastrous! Big grin

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RE: Nice Or Geneva?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:10 am

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 2):
are there really any good palce to shoot from in Nice?

Yes there are.......


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