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Spotting At MEX

Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:53 am

Hey there,

In a few weeks, I'll be heading down to MEX to visit a fellow a.netter. As he is not a photographer, he doesn't know of any good spots. Looking through the database, I see quite a few good shots from MEX. Where are these taken?

I found something about a pedestrian bridge on Google. It's spot 3 on this link:

http://www.scramble.nl/airports/publish/mmmx.htm

Are there any examples in the db of shots taken from there? Also, what kind of lens is needed there?

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Kai
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RE: Spotting At MEX

Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:54 am

Kai,

I was just down there a month ago and shot from the bridge that you speak of. It is about a 10 minute walk from T1 along the main road to the overpass where you can take a photo such as this, mainly in the afternoon hours as the sun swings around. I found the light good, albeit more off the nose, after 3pm when I went but as the sun angle changes through the springtime, it should actually be more favorable. There is enough room for about 5 people to occupy the edge of the fenceline on the bridge, where you'll see you will have no problem poking a lens through (the fence is full of gaping holes).

There is one unfortunate security camera/pole that precludes the side-on shot to occur along the taxiway I'm afraid which answered my question as to why these shots never appeared, but you can expect to get a shot like this:


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The Interjet A320s, Magni 733s and some Click Fk100s will come along a side taxiway which will have the best light.

Lens wise, a short zoom 28-105mm will work for a shot like the B717 above, and that was for slide shooting so digitally, you'd be fine with a 1.5 ratio. Anything larger will work for planes on runway 05L though.

Hope that helps, good luck! I plan to return again in April when Volaris hopefully is flying there to catch up on some more Airbus frames for my slide collection.

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RE: Spotting At MEX

Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:02 pm

Thanks  
Quoting A340Spotter (Reply 1):
I found the light good, albeit more off the nose, after 3pm when I went but as the sun angle changes through the springtime, it should actually be more favorable.

So afternoon is the best time to go?

Quoting A340Spotter (Reply 1):
Lens wise

I have a 18-55mm and a 75-300mm (film lens, so I guess it's more like 112.5-450mm with crop factor

Quoting A340Spotter (Reply 1):
I plan to return again in April

That's my plan too  
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