Hello IFC! Here’s part one from what will be a four-part series of spotting in Sydney. I had a chance to visit Australia this past December and my parents were kind enough to take me spotting there. I can say this without a doubt: Sydney is the best airport I’ve ever spotted at.
This part comes from my first few hours in Australia, right after stepping off TR12 from Singapore. Unfortunately I missed an Etihad A380 special due to some woman yelling at me that I couldn’t spot where I wanted to, even though there were already spotters there. Shame.
Shot on Nikon D7500 | Tamron 100-400 USD | Manfrotto Element
Quick Tip for Spotters
I’m not the greatest at panning but I feel like this session taught me well. What I learned was 1) use a tripod, it may not seem like it helps too much but trust me it does. I was able to hit at least 75% of my shots at 1/60 between 250-400mm. Last year in Zurich, I hit 5% at 1/60 at 240mm (tripodless). 2) Since panning is normally done with side shots, aim for a specific place on the aircraft. I suggest the engine. If you just aim in the general direction of the plane your success rate won’t be too high.
Goodbye! Here’s my ride, 9V-OJJ, speeding up for Singapore. This aircraft would later fly me again on my first leg back.
Whoever or whatever delayed this plane an hour, I’m forever thankful.
The fact that Hawaii is almost the same distance to Sydney than it is to me in New York is mind-boggling.
Sydney has an overload of Emirates A380s. It’s almost too many.
I didn’t know this one was coming so this was a pleasant surprise.
Right before this one’s arrival was sunset, so it started getting really dark really fast.
A bit of a spotting fail, whoops…
My best pan of the night.
This photo was so extremely underexposed when I took it, only the power of raw could save it (kind of).