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Old Mar 22, 2012, 6:00 PM   #1
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The Air France version flies right over my office into IAD every Thursday (and I think Fri-Sun) and I finally remembered to bring my camera today

I might try to step out tomorrow with a longer lens, and a little closer to the airport, for some approach shots.

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Old Mar 22, 2012, 6:09 PM   #2
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The white whale is a big airplane. It is very pretty comfortable to fly on. Not as noise in the cabin
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You lucky dog...you! Great composition! I'll be in the DC area n June...any recommendations for spotting locations? I heard that the parking lot of the Air & Space Annex is good for afternoon arrivals into IAD.

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Yes, that's a great place - but be aware you do have to pay to park there even though entrance to the museum itself is free. My wife and I went there the week it opened and watched the sun set and planes land and take off all evening from the tower. It was spectacular.

My office is actually on the opposite (North) side of IAD, which is where the A380 flies in. My first encounter with the moster was driving back from lunch with an employee. I had the top down and the beast flew directly over our heads - it was really incredible. I was so bummed I didn't even have my phone camera handy.

Alternatively, the Airbus doesn't fly into Reagan National, but there's a park just north of that airport in Arlington called "Gravelly Point Park" where you are literally yards from the end of the runway, and can see all types of aircraft landing and taking off from very close. Do an image search for that and you'll see some cool stuff!

Another employee's husband works for some division at the airport, and he's going to see if he can get me in when the Space Shuttles arrive in mid-April... I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

Kind of far away (only brought 24-70 today), but this was the plane approaching over the trees:

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Nice shots...

BTW, I think I see dust spots on your sensor!
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It was on the UV filter

BTW, the plane was like 1/2 hour early today, I missed it! LOL
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Could you leave the EXIF next time please?
What equipment do you use? I'm luvin' the image quality...
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Thanks, Marawder, details below:

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0 step - Exposure bias
70mm - Focal length
3 - Max aperture
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