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Spotting In SFO

Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:59 pm

Where is a good place for spotting in SFO?? I'll be here in SFO for almost a year and wanted to go to a good place in SFO where you can take pictures? anywhere close to the runway??
 
fbgdavidson
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RE: Spotting In SFO

Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:35 pm

I fly into SFO every couple of months and regularly see what appears to be a congregation of spotters at this location:

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RE: Spotting In SFO

Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:19 am



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 1):



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 1):
I fly into SFO every couple of months and regularly see what appears to be a congregation of spotters at this location:

Thank you! I will go there to see!
 
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RE: Spotting In SFO

Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:50 pm

The other major location is Bayfront Park, it's right along the bay and gets you good views of both runways (though photos of flights departing off runway 1L/R is harder now since a fence was installed):


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It's located at the end of Millbrae Ave at Bayshore Highway, across the street from the Westin hotel and northwest of the Marriott hotel. There is a small free parking lot for the park at the northwest end of Marriott's parking lot.

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RE: Spotting In SFO

Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:38 pm

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RE: Spotting In SFO

Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:45 pm

Great!! thank you for the info! I will go there probably tomorrow (sunday) and have a great day taking pictures of this airliners!
 
alasdair1982
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RE: Spotting In SFO

Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:48 pm

When I was there, I found the zoo was good for viewing afternoon flights heading to Europe. You will need 300-400mm though

These were taken at 200mm with a Nikon D40, not great I admit. But it lets you see what can be achieved away from the airport

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4088146.../sizes/o/in/set-72157604852079347/

Above Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4088146...8/sizes/o/in/set-72157604852079347
 
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RE: Spotting In SFO

Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:40 am

PZ,

I live in Concord (about 30 miles east of San Francisco) and when i go out to SFO, I usually stop by the fishing pier close to coyote Point regional Park. If you drive down towards bayfront park. Stay on the road (i think its South Airport Blvd.) keep going for about 2.1 miles and you will see the road make a sharp right. Once you reach that corner, you will see a small left turn lane leading to a small fishng outcove. That is where i get some of my arrival shots.
 
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RE: Spotting In SFO

Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:15 pm

I've found SFO to be very difficult to shoot. Even with a 500mm lens, the shots turn out to be mediocre at best compared to what you can really achieve.

Unfortunately for us in the bay area.. there isn't anything better than SFO unless you get the hook up
 
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RE: Spotting In SFO

Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:46 am



Quoting CaliSam (Reply 8):
I've found SFO to be very difficult to shoot. Even with a 500mm lens, the shots turn out to be mediocre at best compared to what you can really achieve.

Unfortunately for us in the bay area.. there isn't anything better than SFO unless you get the hook up

it is troubling here. I only have a canon 75-300 lens and every time I go to SFO, i have to be very lucky to be out at Bayfront Park and get some nice shots.
 
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RE: Spotting In SFO

Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:00 am

What about from the terminal? Any good spots from there?
 
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RE: Spotting In SFO

Thu Oct 16, 2008 6:51 pm

Having just come back from SFO, I can confirm that the northbound platform at San Bruno Caltrain station is excellent for 28 departures, 300mm or more recommended

Also, the SFO manager / senior employee was more than happy for me to take pictures of aircraft taking off, also departing 28, from the open viewpoint beside the escalators at the Terminal 2 AirTrain station

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