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Dublin Spotting Tips Needed.

Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:26 pm

Hi all,

I've done a search and found some helpful info, however I'm after a little more...

Myself and a friend (Gavin Bowler) will be at DUB for the day Tuesday 16th June (£2 RYR flight!) and I'm wondering if any Irish photog's want to meet up with us?

If not, maybe you can give us some photography tips?

I notice in another thread that there's a spot opposite the terminal where line-ups and arrivals can be shot on runway 28 - when is the light good here? Also, I saw a shot recently of the DL Skyteam which appears to have been shot from somewhere in/on the terminal? Where are the best morning/afternoon spots and what traffic (besides EI) can we expect?

Many thanks,

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RE: Dublin Spotting Tips Needed.

Sat Jun 13, 2009 1:47 pm

Maybe I can be abit of a help here. I was down in Dublin on Thursday doing a bit of spotting for the day on a day trip from Belfast. Unfortunately I am flying out of Dublin myself this Tuesday thus can not meet up. The location opposite the terminal and the start of runway 28 is good from about 9.30 onwards for most of the day, although before 9.30am, aircraft arriving can be caught taxing to the terminal in the opposite direction after departing the runway.

It takes roughly 30 minutes from the terminal to walk to the first spotting location. Just walk past the new terminal, and through the temporary walkways set up until you exit the airport, and then take the first right after passing 3 medium sized circular storage tanks. Follow this road for 10 minutes then take the first right. This road will be parallel with the runway.

The first spotting location is marked by a small roadside carpark, and a second position is a few minutes walk further along the road. These two positions are good for arrivals on runway 28.

If runway 10 is in use, and if you could be bothered, you could walk to runway 10 which is another mile down the road. If you couldn't be bother, then you can still catch the departures in the morning lighting, but be aware of heat haze. If it's sunny, heat haze can almost ruin any shots no matter how close the aircraft is.

If you need any more help, maps, or sample pics, let me know and I'll see what I can do! Enjoy your trip, and look out for an Aer Lingus A320, EI628 to Helsinki, departing at 9.40am Big grin

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RE: Dublin Spotting Tips Needed.

Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:12 pm

Sunlight is good on 10/28 for the main part of the day (as it runs effectively east-west). Currently the weather on the 16th is forecast to be good, with a southerly wind, so you could see either 10 or 28 in use. If 10 is being used, in my view it is worth continuing along the road which parallels the runway, to get touchdown or lineup shots from the grass embankment opposite (though, as others have mentioned, heat haze is likely to affect shots of aircraft on the ground). Wherever you choose, you should stock up on food and drinks beforehand, as without a car you will be a long way from refreshment!
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RE: Dublin Spotting Tips Needed.

Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:24 pm

Thanks guys, very useful information. Can anyone meet up with us for a session?


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