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Protocol for aviation photography around airports

ultrafast

New York, US
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Mon 11-Jun-12 03:51 AM | edited Mon 11-Jun-12 03:54 AM by ultrafast

Hi all,

I am a long time photographer and aviation enthusiast, but I have never combined my interests. I am looking to get into this a bit, but I have a few worries.

My biggest question is what the protocol is for going to/near commercial airports and photographing airliners, with regards to security concerns. I am afraid that I might be viewed with suspicion if I bring my 200-400mm VR lens and a tripod. I do not want any bad encounters with police, security forces or even just over zealous individuals.

How do you guys handle these issues, and what kind of vantage points would you recommend for this type of photography?

Below are two I took this afternoon as they flew along their approach just over my house. I would like to get a better angle on these guys, which requires them to be at a lower altitude.

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McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) MD-80

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Dassualt Falcon 2000

Nikon D300, 200-400mm VR (400mm, f/4), 1/8000s, ISO 200, VR OFF, Handheld
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