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Aviation Photography In Sri Lanka

Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:19 pm

G'day fellow a.netters.

I am an Australian of Sri Lankan origin and I usually go on a holiday to Sri Lanka every few years. I would like to know if photography of civil aircraft in Sri Lanka is allowed (particularly at CMB). Sri Lanka was in a state of civil war and the conflict only ended in May of last year so security there is definitely high. CMB has been attacked by terrorists before so is casual photography allowed in Sri Lanka or is it just generally frowned upon?
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RE: Aviation Photography In Sri Lanka

Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:49 pm

There do seem to be plenty of photos online that are landscape/wildlife/ and others with some people so photography itself doesn't seem to be a problem.

Like many places, use your judgement. If it's something that has any security/military implications then don't even get your camera out.

The photos on the site here include quite a few from the Air Force museum(?) at Ratmalana, but few recent ones showing aircraft at the airport, other than from inside the terminal or onboard an aircraft. Because the Air Force uses the international airport I'd suggest not even trying to take photos there.

Suresh Atapattu, with the most recent photos could well advise the do's and don'ts.
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RE: Aviation Photography In Sri Lanka

Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:30 pm

Quoting A350France (Thread starter):
I would like to know if photography of civil aircraft in Sri Lanka is allowed (particularly at CMB).

The official policy (like that all over the Indian sub continent) is that photographs of sensitive areas such as airports are prohibited but with the advent of cheap digital photo technology in almost every phone this is hard to enforce. If you pull a camera out in front a cop or security guard he/she will most likely tell you to put it away.However, I have seen many people taking pictures of their trip to starting at the airport and beyond.

It is a case by case basis and use your discretion when you take a photo. If it is something that you think should not be photographed then don't do it.

The SLAF have a great aircraft museum and ,again, photography is unofficially allowed of the museum aircraft. This is probably due to the inability to stop camera phones. The official policy (as seen on their website) is that prior approval is needed). However, the operational aircraft (which are in close proximity) are out of bounds.

My photos taken in Sri Lanka have been with the cooperation of the Sri Lanka Air Force hence were cleared for public release.

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Sri Lanka was in a state of civil war and the conflict only ended in May of last year so security there is definitely high.

While this is true there is a far more relaxed atmosphere and no tension in the air. I found the environment 180 degrees different from my previous visits during the war years.

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CMB has been attacked by terrorists before so is casual photography allowed in Sri Lanka or is it just generally frowned upon?

If you mean the country side, it is a tourist haven hence photography is welcomed and encouraged. Military installations etc are not open photography locations hence standard rules apply. Photography of military aircraft and bases require prior approval and escort (as it would be anywhere in the world).
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