The parking garage will allow you to some of what's going on, but only at fairly extreme distances. And much of the action is blocked by other buildings.
This location is only really good for watching what's going on at N-gate, and even then, most of it is blocked by D-gate, and everything is pretty far away (you'll need 400mm). You can't see very much of what is going on at S-gate from the roof, and even if you could, much of it is blocked by A-gate and that whole area is employee-only parking. Probably not a problem for a quick spot, but not so good to camp out in. You won't see anything that's happening at the cargo area or B-gate from the parking garage, and C-gate is only barely visible.
Unfortunately, without special access (i.e. you work there or have a professional relationship with the airport), it is very difficult to get on-tarmac shots of anything at SEA
. The entire airport is on a plateau above street level on both sides.
Out of all of my photos at SEA
, only a handful are of aircraft on the ground, and those were taken airside.
The best spots are South 188th st. and the water tower. The water tower in particular is a really nice place just because it's a nice quiet park. Both are generally "plane against a blue sky" kind of territory.
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Does anyone know what runways are generally used in arrivals and departures at Seatac airport during the winter (around December)? Would aircraft use the 16s or 34s?
It depends entirely on the wind, and there's no predicting that. There are multiple configurations that the ATC's use, however, to determine the which of the runways get the most use. For example today 16C was getting alot of use in the morning but many of the mid-day heavies were on 16L. Except for Asiana, which was on 16R. As noon approached, 16R got more use and 16C less. It pays to listen to the ATCs to determine where to be.