cmarkland1
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New Aviation Spotting Map For Photographers

Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:31 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm a graphic design based in London and looking at designing a new map system for airports which point out the best locations for photographers to go. Is this something you guys would be interested in? For visiting unfamiliar airports...

I was thinking of using long exposure light trails from different points to capture the kind of flight path you get from different positions on the map.

But any suggestions are more than welcome! It's crucial to get your opinions for developing the best system. What kinds of information would you want to know on the map or would be most useful for photography?

If you have any suggestions or questions let me know! Thanks

Chris
 
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RE: New Aviation Spotting Map For Photographers

Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:58 pm

Quoting cmarkland1 (Thread starter):
Is this something you guys would be interested in?

Definately, but it's been done before in a more basic form, for example.

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RE: New Aviation Spotting Map For Photographers

Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:36 pm

I would definitely be interested in this. It sounds like an intriguing concept! The most useful information, in my opinion, would be focal length required and sun position info... for example would the lighting be better in the morning or evening.
 
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RE: New Aviation Spotting Map For Photographers

Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:10 pm

Darren, your link is broken !
 
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RE: New Aviation Spotting Map For Photographers

Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:03 pm

Quoting brianw999 (Reply 3):
Darren, your link is broken !

Sorry about that, it was fine at the time of posting! Try this.

Darren
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RE: New Aviation Spotting Map For Photographers

Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:07 am

Quoting cmarkland1 (Thread starter):
What kinds of information would you want to know on the map or would be most useful for photography?

In addition to the already mentioned focal lengths and sun position:

What operations are visible (takeoffs, landings, taxiing, etc.);
What runways/taxiways are visible;
Typical operation direction (which way they're taking off/landing/taxiing);
What kind of traffic the runway/taxiway typically sees (as applicable....may not be applicable to many airports);
Useful info about law enforcement/neighbors/whatever;
And of course, parking!
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RE: New Aviation Spotting Map For Photographers

Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:35 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 5):
In addition to the already mentioned focal lengths and sun position:

Focal length (for full-frame and cropped sensors) I agree.

Sun position can vary so much, especially the further north and south you go. IMHO, something like suncalc is far more useful as a stand-alone tool - http://suncalc.net which can show you exact sun positions for any given date and time.

For example, at Heathrow you have the following differences between the shortest and longest days this year:
Shortest day

Longest day
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