jensobreuer
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Taking Photos At SIN

Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:13 pm

Hello everybody,

I just used the search function but can't find any information. I'm going to travel to Singapore for photographing in february but I can't find any actual information about photo opportunities and locations around the airport.
It would be great to get some help!

Thanks and best regards,

Jens
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:42 pm

Hi Jens,

Hopefully others know better spots but from the Changi Beach Park it's possible to shoot approaches for Rwys 20L and 20R.

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To go there you can use a bus to the terminus in Changi Village which seemed to take quite a while from the city centre.

Maybe it's not your cup of tea but there's also a small Air Force Museum at Paya Lebar, with a bus stop in front.

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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:40 am

Thanks Peter - perhaps anyone else has some further information?
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:30 am



Quoting JensOBreuer (Reply 2):
perhaps anyone else has some further information?

Don't bother going anywhere near the perimeter fence. Most of the perimeter now has double fencing anyway, except for the crashgates, but those are checked by police very regularly.
Bottom line: basically you can only take approach shots. Changi Beach is your best bet. No problem with authorities there either. Spotting at SIN doesn't result in very interesting photos from a photography point of view, but from a spotters perspective you'll get some interesting traffic.
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Sat Nov 22, 2008 5:30 am

Try booking a room at Crowne Plaza Changi and request for a tarmac view. From there, you can get terminal 3 B-gate area tarmac shots and also a great runway 02L/20R view.
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:11 pm

Yep, basically we are now down to Changi Beach for 20R and Changi Business Park for 02L.

All approach shots. Sad to see so many great spots bite the dust.

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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:52 am

Thanks for the information! Which runways are mainly in use at SIN? Does it make sense to fly there from Germany for these two spots?
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:02 am



Quoting JensOBreuer (Reply 6):
Does it make sense to fly there from Germany for these two spots?

Going to Singapore only for spotting?  Wow! I'd say no, that doesn't make sense.
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:36 am

I'm planning a little Asia spotting trip in January or February. Bangkok seems to be quite perfect - now I'm searching for other great spotter-friendly airports. I thought SIN would be good - but that seems to be past. Any other suggestions which destinations could be quite interesting from a spotters angle of view?
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:57 am

China perhaps. Places like Guangzhou or Shenzhen? Can take train from HongKong.
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:12 am



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China perhaps. Places like Guangzhou or Shenzhen? Can take train from HongKong.

China is already shortlisted - I'm just looking at destinations like Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Shanghai or Peking. But I can hardly find any information ressources on the internet ....
 
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Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:32 pm

And perhaps Tokyo and/or Osaka Itami?
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:52 pm



Quoting JRadier (Reply 11):
And perhaps Tokyo and/or Osaka Itami?

Yes, that's of course a very good alternative - but without BKK in one trip. It's quite northerly -so a flight from south east Asia to Japan is another longhaul flight. That's quite expensive.
The costs are also the problem with china. Beside the costs for flight and hotel you need an expensive visa in china. That's the reason why I planned Singapore/Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur etc.
Perhaps I have to rethink ...
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:16 pm



Quoting JensOBreuer (Reply 12):
Yes, that's of course a very good alternative - but without BKK in one trip.

I wasn't aware that you were trying to combine them, sorry. If you need info on HND/NRT and ITM, let me know, just returned from there.
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:42 pm

Is new BKK that good? All I see are approach shots.
Judging the photos on this site, KUL is much better than BKK or SIN.

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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:40 pm

With BKK it seems to be the same like SIN:

Quoting IL76 (Reply 3):
Spotting at SIN doesn't result in very interesting photos from a photography point of view, but from a spotters perspective you'll get some interesting traffic.

I plan to visit two airports in Asia - perhaps somebody who has been in BKK, SIN and KUL (PVG, HKG, PEK) can give an advice where he would travel to to get quite interesting traffic at best with great photo positions ....

A quite good alternative would be ...

Quoting JRadier (Reply 11):
And perhaps Tokyo and/or Osaka Itami?

Thanks a lot for your help - I'm glad to be a part of this community!

Jens
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:58 am

Assuming there haven't been any changes or security hasn't clamped down in KUL over the past three years, you can rent-a-car and drive around for various shots.
There is a viewing area inside the terminal but most action is too far away.
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:22 am



Quoting Carpethead (Reply 16):
Assuming there haven't been any changes or security hasn't clamped down in KUL over the past three years, you can rent-a-car and drive around for various shots.

That's our plan!
I think our biggest problem is SIN - when I'm there I would like to spot from dawn to dusk - but it's quite hard to find positions where it is possible ....
But our decision is made - we'll visit SIN and KUL - it's challenge! Due to the political problems BKK will be a possible destination on our trip 2010 - not at the moment!

More information regarding SIN and KUL are appreciated!

Jens
 
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RE: Taking Photos At SIN

Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:49 am

The Crowne Plaza Hotel at SIN is excellent. Ask for a room on the 7th, 8th or 9th floor that overlooks the runway. There is an area between rooms X08 and room X10 ( substitute X for the floor you are on ) that is open - ie it has no windows etc, making it easy to take photos from here. In the morning's you can get some good shots of taxiing aircraft in nice light - although these will be mostly side on shot's.

Best of all you overlook the B gates at Terminal 3. During my stay, I have been looking down on sometimes 2 or 3 A380's parked just in front of the room window.

Current wind directions favour a 02L / 02C for arrivals and departures. Changi Business Park is the place to go in the afternoon for shooting arrivals on 02L. You will get a good mix of traffic from 737/A320 sized aircraft up to the A380. To get here, get the MRT system from either the airport or the city to the EXPO stop - Expo is the stop before the airport if coming from the city. It is relatively cheap. When you get off the train, Changi Business Park is to the south of you - the Expo centre is to the north - there are outlets like KFC, Subway, Burger King and others here if you are hungry or thirsty. About a 10 to 15minute walk from the Expo train station is a street called Changi Business Park Vista. There is a park type area here. This is where you want to go to shoot arrivals from. The aircraft pass by pretty close - I was using a 70-200 with no problems here.

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