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Good Airports To Take Photos At

Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:03 pm

What are some of the best airports to spot at?
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:32 pm

SXM hands up!

But actually it it depends on what you want to see. Do you want to be close to the aircraft? Do you want a big variety of airlines? It is a quite vague question...
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:29 pm

Any specific continent you want to spot at?
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:18 pm

Judging by your screenname, I'm going to assume you're from Florida?

If so, Miami and Fort Lauderdale (and to a lesser extent FXE and OPF) are by far the best airports for spotting in the region. I would argue that MIA has the best combination of aircraft traffic and spotting locations of any airport in the US, FLL isn't bad either if you like US domestic traffic. FXE and OPF are all GA traffic, but there are plenty of interesting things to be seen there as well (and if you're at MIA or FLL they're both within 45 minutes of driving.)
If you're up in North Florida, well, good spotting airports are far more sparse. You'll have to narrow down your region a bit more before anyone can give accurate suggestions.


If you really are looking globally for the best spotting airports, there are far too many to count. SXM of course is a spotter's Mecca. In Europe AMS, LHR, MAN, ZRH, and plenty others are famous for the spotting opportunities. Within the US JFK, MIA, LAX, and ANC are popular, but there are plenty more with lots of potential. If you like GA, there are thousands of grass strips and small airports that have plenty of potential...

I think your question almost defeats itself because there are too many answers. Narrow down the region or the type of aircraft you want to see, then you may get some better responses.
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:27 pm

Is OPF any good? A few of my buddies went there and they said its great but where can I find a spotting area?
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:31 pm

Quoting FloridaSpotters (Reply 4):
A few of my buddies went there and they said its great but where can I find a spotting area?

Um, ask your buddies?
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:54 pm

I also learned that LHR is a VERY good airport to take photos of is this true?
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:13 pm

Quoting FloridaSpotters (Reply 6):
I also learned that LHR is a VERY good airport to take photos of is this true?

The traffic is very good and the arrivals literally never stop, but there are better airports for the quality of the photography locations.

MAN used to be the UK's best but a new fence is changing all that.....

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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:53 pm

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 7):
Quoting FloridaSpotters (Reply 6):
I also learned that LHR is a VERY good airport to take photos of is this true?

The traffic is very good and the arrivals literally never stop, but there are better airports for the quality of the photography locations.

I would disagree. LHR has a myriad of different locations. A great place for aircraft photography.
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:30 pm

Quoting FloridaSpotters (Reply 4):
Is OPF any good? A few of my buddies went there and they said its great but where can I find a spotting area?

OPF isn't very good for viewing traffic (really no place to watch movements), but it is great for all the static aircraft parked there. Between the scrap yards cutting up DC-10s and 747s, the fly-by-night cargo planes (Beech 18s, E-120s, etc), airline MROs (737s, MDs, etc), and assorted GA traffic (including everything from DC-3s and 4s to private 727s), there's plenty to see through the fence. Just drive around and see what you can find, the variety has changed substantially every time I've visited.

Quoting FloridaSpotters (Reply 6):
I also learned that LHR is a VERY good airport to take photos of is this true?

LHR has loads to see, but no easy spotting areas. Everything around LHR involves spotting from private properties around the fence, so sorting out a place to park and where to walk to can be difficult for those who have never been there before. Both times I've tried for LHR spotting, I've been foiled by the wonderful London weather, so there's that to contend with as well. If you're interested in LHR, do a search for past threads, there's plenty of information out there.
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:25 pm

Is MAN a good airport.
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:34 am

Quoting 747438 (Reply 8):
I would disagree. LHR has a myriad of different locations. A great place for aircraft photography

Different of course for those with a convenient back garden.....  

Seriously though, unless you love landing/departure shots or have a lens that can be poked through the fence, your choice of locations is limited. Until recently, MAN was the undisputed king of UK airports from a photography perspective...


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New fence is quickly ruining all that though. Pretty soon I reckon the best UK photo airport will be BHX.

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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:25 am

Quoting FloridaSpotters (Reply 6):
I also learned that LHR is a VERY good airport to take photos of is this true?

I've had pretty middling luck. It's just such a massive airport to navigate (I've never had a car when I've been there) and you need the light, the weather (that's the hard part,) and your location all to work at once. Granted I have never arrived there with a great deal of knowledge of its operations. But it does have the advantage of pretty-near-nonstop activity.
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:38 pm

Quoting KPWMSpotter (Reply 9):
Everything around LHR involves spotting from private properties around the fence

The famous field at the end of Myrtle Avenue (27L arrivals) is not private property and easily accessible by bus/tube. Nor is the area around the Rising Sun pub in Stanwell (27L departures) but you do need a car for this.

If you can't find a spot you like here: http://www.plane-mad.com/airport-spo...gdom/london-heathrow-lhr-egll.html you're simply not trying   .

I would add the viewing park at CLT as one of the Good Places in the US. Best with an Easterly wind but still acceptable without.
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:34 pm

If you like a constanst stream of heavies, HND (Haneda) in Tokyo is fantastic. They have very good decks to photograph from.
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:03 pm

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 11):
New fence is quickly ruining all that though. Pretty soon I reckon the best UK photo airport will be BHX.

How tall is the fence going to be? It would have to be at least double the current height to ruin most of the pictures you've posted.
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:08 am

Thanks guys I made reservations with Qantas from LAX-SYD today to see my best friend who lives in the Sydney area and wondering if theres any good places to spot there because he is a huge aviation geek like me.
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Sun Jul 17, 2011 3:18 pm

Quoting FloridaSpotters (Reply 16):
lives in the Sydney area and wondering if theres any good places to spot there because he is a huge aviation geek like me.

SO many... the beach, Shep's Mound, Dog Park, International Terminal, Qantas Drive just to name a few.

With SYD the best location differs depending on time of day, runways in use, etc etc, just like most airports. Here are a few of my shots from SYD:

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I hope that gives some idea of how SYD is. There are many FAR better photographs than mine at SYD on Anet. Chances are you'll bump into some Anetters at SYD, I know I have met several and got many tips from them too. Best of luck and my apologies for the shameless self-plugging of my photographs!

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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:22 pm

Quoting derekf (Reply 15):
How tall is the fence going to be?

14ft. It won't ruin all spots but it will certainly hinder those without ladders. It's already gone up around the pub but unless the subject is heavy it doesn't do much damage.

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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:27 pm

Quoting saintex (Reply 13):
Good Places in the US

Also DCA. There's Gravelly Point just north of runway 1/19. The parking lot of the Air & Space Museum at IAD is good too, but it was $15 the last time I went there. There are probably better places and other options that are free.
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:36 pm

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 11):
Until recently, MAN was the undisputed king of UK airports from a photography perspective...

What happened ???????  
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:47 pm

Ok so Im going back to Russia to see my parents who live in Moscow I currently reside in Fort Lauderdale,FL wondering if the airport in the city is any good?
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:41 pm

Quoting FloridaSpotters (Reply 21):
Ok so Im going back to Russia to see my parents who live in Moscow I currently reside in Fort Lauderdale,FL wondering if the airport in the city is any good?

...which city?  
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:24 pm

where is sheremetyevo?
 
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:54 am

SLC is also a great airport to spot at, as is PHX and IAH. SLC has the scenery, IAH and PHX offer som GREAT spots from the top of their respective parkaing garages...
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:08 am

DCA is great at Gravely Point Park right near the airport. The aircraft literally fly low right over your head if they are on the River Visual Approach.
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:43 am

You really do have an awful lot of questions you could very easily answer yourself if you could be bothered to look. Sheremetyevo is one of two main Moscow airports and is quite a way outside the city. It would not be wise to take photos there unless you are with a group of Russians.

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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:50 pm

Ok! thanks for al your help but which camera should I buy from BestBuy?
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:55 pm

Quoting FloridaSpotters (Reply 28):
Ok! thanks for al your help but which camera should I buy from BestBuy?

You've been asking alot of questions about locations, and now you want Camera Advise........... Depands on budget and what your trying to achieve, blah blah blah

Kodak do disposables...............   
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:41 pm

Drifting off topic, by all accounts a new perimeter fence is going up at LGW replacing the current one. Higher and denser. No great loss per se but it is unclear what the implications for the 08 gate.
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:34 pm

Quoting FloridaSpotters (Reply 28):
Ok! thanks for al your help but which camera should I buy from BestBuy?

Well, I wouldn't buy a camera from BestBuy. BestBuy isn't a bad store, per se, but it definitely does not offer the best range of choices or the best prices on anything but point-and-shoot kinds of cameras.

What kind of camera you get depends on what you want to do with it and what your budget is. Very few point-and-shoot cameras are going to give you the kinds of photos you see on this site. There's probably a local camera store in your area that would be happy to earn your business...

As far as airports, of the meager number of airports I have photographed at, BFI, LGA, and LAS are my favorites. All offer great spots to shoot from and, if you are polite and law abiding, very little hassle from law enforcement. This is not the case at, say, EWR.

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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:42 pm

Where should I get a good camera?
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:25 pm

Quoting FloridaSpotters (Reply 32):
Where should I get a good camera?
Quoting Garyck (Reply 29):
Depands on budget and what your trying to achieve,

What kinds of pictures do you want to take and how much do you want to spend?
 
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RE: Good Airports To Take Photos At

Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:34 am

bewtween $500-$1000.

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