TOP TIPS Plane talk­ing

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1 Flight paths

Be­fore you set­tle on a com­po­si­tion, watch the flight path of a few planes as this’ll give you an idea of where to an­gle the cam­era, and how wide to go with your fo­cal length. We ended up us­ing a 16-35mm lens set to 28mm for a wide field of view, with the sun at the corner of the frame.

2 Run­way sched­ules

Run­ways can be over two miles long so some spots along the perime­ter will see more ac­tion than oth­ers. What’s more, air­ports with more than one run­way will of­ten switch things around to bal­ance out noise pol­lu­tion so it’s worth check­ing the sched­ules on air­port web­sites.

3 Wind di­rec­tion

It’s safer for planes to take off fac­ing into the wind, so if the wind di­rec­tion changes then the planes will too. When we ar­rived, the planes were mov­ing from west to east but the wind changed and they started tak­ing off from east to west. Heathrow’s Twit­ter feed kept us up to date.

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