A Day Of Many Firsts: Part 1 - 3/6/2021 @ KJFK

Yesterday, I headed down to JFK with my (not so) brand new Tamron 100-400! This was one of my top spotting sessions ever, and as the title says, this was a day for many firsts. This was my first time:

  • Spotting with my Tamron 100-400
  • Spotting the “State of Kuwait” A340(along with a lot of other specials)
  • Spotting a takeoff from 31R(which is very rare)
  • Panning
  • Night spotting

I stood on top of the T5 parking garage for ~4 hours with winds gusting to 30 knots, making pans and long exposures very hard to nail down. The forecast had originally shown it to be sunny today, but it actually turned out to be overcast with the sun only breaking out for two photos. However, the sun setting behind the clouds created a nice effect allowing me to get some nice shots of planes banking after takeoff.

This first part will include all the photos I’ve felt like editing so far, look out for the rest sometime next weekend. Without any further ado, here are the photos.

Airline: EgyptAir
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Registration: SU-GDO

One of the first aircraft of the day, I started off with a standard side shot to get my settings nailed down.

Airline: Neos
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Registration: EI-NEU

One of the first specials of the day, a Neos 787 stowing the reversers after landing.

Airline: JetBlue Airways
Aircraft: Airbus A321 NEO
Registration: N2043J

The 400 side allowed me explore some nice angles like this neo pulling out of the ramp.

Airline: China Airlines Cargo
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400F
Registration: B-18712

The ever majestic queen of the skies blasting off in a rare takeoff from 31R with some sunshine peeking through the clouds.

Airline: JetBlue AIrways
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Registration: N594JB

This JetBlue A320 was perhaps my most successful pan of the day(it also seems to have been repainted sometime in the last year, does anyone know the name of this tail design?).

Airline: State of Kuwait
Aircraft: Airbus A340-500
Registration: 9K-GBA

The sun broke through for 5 lucky minutes to shine some beautiful golden light on this State of Kuwait A340 parked in front of the iconic “Welcome to JFK” sign.

Airline: KLM
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER
Registration: PH-BQH

A KLM Asia 777 staring me down as they turn off of the runway.

Airline: Virgin Atlantic
Aircraft: Airbus A350-1000
Registration: G-VPOP

Finishing off with a Virgin Atlantic A350 sitting at T4- a hint of the night shots to come in the next topic!

Please do not use any of my photos without permission.

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Equipment Used:

Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS STM
Tamron 100-400 mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD


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Amazing pics as always, @Guxk !

I don’t really remember… maybe Shantay? It was one of the options for the next livery addition.


100-400 gang


Canon Rebel SL3 gang

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Sick photos!

No idea how you are so skilled at taking these pics!


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point camera and hope I don’t screw anything up

real answer is lots of practice

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This one is called “Spotlights” :)

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actual heavies go brrt

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All of them 🤩

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I really like the Virgin Atlantic in the dark with lights shining on it

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Colors be sharp asf


The long island vibes are strong with this one. Incredible shots :D

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heheh that rhymes

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thats whati thought

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Gotta love the overcast LI days 🥰

Nice spotting!!!

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Lost of words. Those are amazing!

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