With only 3 days to go before the departure for my ‘Belfast Titanic Challenge’, I’m starting to get excited. At the time of arranging the trip, I knew that I had only the time frame of the weekend available.
The ‘Challenge’ is to take advantage of every possible photograph opportunities throughout the weekend, including those provided by the flights.
I cherry picked my seat on the airplane so that (weather permitting) the outbound flight would provide good views of the isle of man, and the East Coast of Northern Island to photograph from 21,000ft. On the return flight Argyll, (The West Coast of Scotland) and possibly even some of the North West Coast of England will be in view out of the windows. You really don’t need to be an aviation buff like myself to do this. I promise!
There might be a mountain range that you’d like to take a photograph of from a birds eye view, a particular coastline, your hometown or village, or even your house!. The most important thing of all is that you get yourself on the correct side of the aircraft, and with minimal obstruction from the wings!
Checking The Route For Photo Opportunities
The easiest way to find out what views are available out of the window during your flight is to track an aircraft which is currently flying, or has flown the same route. There are a number of ways to do this, it can be done for free via flightradar24,com either live or by using historic data that they have available.
Trust me this is really simple! First check with your airline for the flight number of your flight, then on flightradar24,com follow the steps below:-
- Click on “Data / History”.
- On the screen you have just arrived at, click on “flights history”.
- You should have been taken to a new screen, on this screen, in the search bar, simply type in your airline.
- From the results, click on your desired airline.
- Use the search box again on the this screen, but this time type in your flight number.
- On the next screen, below the map of the world is a list of flights, click on any of those flights which says “landed” next to it.
Told you it was easy, now for the fun bit!
As you will see the path of your chosen flight has now been drawn on the map. Simply follow the track of the flight and look out for landmarks on either side of the drawn line that you might want to see. All you have to do now, is choose to sit at the same side of the aircraft as the landmarks on the map that you want to see.
Note: Do think about where the sun is! This could hinder your photography! Also note that if you’re flying during sunset, then you’re definitely going to want to be on the same side as the sunset, as the photographs can be quite Stunning (Especially over water, or an overcast sky)
Watch Out For The Wings
If you want to be 100% sure to avoid the wings obstructing your view, this can be made extremely simple by booking your seat as far forward as you possibly can. Whilst this will guarantee that you have no wings obstructing your view. A view from just behind the wings, where they can still be seen and included in your photograph if you choose, can often enhance your image, especially if the clouds are overcast.
seatguru.com, is a site which offers seat diagrams for hundreds of airlines and aircraft. Often the wings are drawn into the diagram. Using these diagrams will help you to place yourself just behind the wings, the place which will provide photograph opportunities both with and without the wings in shot. The photographs (below) are taken from such position, both images were taken on the same flight, and from the same seat.