Photos: Starry Starry Night — night shots of Air China, Singapore Air, Thai, Air France

Today’s dose of spotting photos are all taken at night and incidentally, all are the national flag carriers of their respective countries.

First, is an Air China Airbus A319-100. This is a rare visitor to Bangalore, coming in only twice a week, at 03:00. Turning around and leaving in less than 45 minutes. That is about as fast as I have seen for an international flight. I call this flight the “Cisco special” since it connects the three major Asia facilities of Cisco — Bangalore, Chengdu and Shanghai.
Air China Airbus A319-100 Bangalore Chengdu Shanghai B-6038 Night Photograph Bangalore India CiscoThe next two are A330s taken by Aviation Photographers India member Vedant.

Air France operates a six times a week A330-200 service to Paris. Here F-GZCC is getting ready to taxi.
Air France Airbus A330-200 F-GZCC Bangalore ParisThai Airways has a daily A330-300 (more passengers and lesser range than a -200) service to Bangkok.
Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 HS-TEK Bangalore Bangkok New Livery
The last is from the airline I used to be a over-frequent flier with — Singapore Airlines. Here is their Boeing 777-200 getting ready to depart to Singapore.
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200ER Night Photo Bangalore India
In case you are wondering how to get the star-burst effect on the lights — the secret is to stop down the aperture to around F/11 and increase the time the shutter is open i.e. reduce shutter speed.

In all the above photos, the shutter speed was about 15~30 seconds, so you will further appreciate the timing and anticipation required to get you these wonderful photos, not to forget a good tripod like a Manfrotto.

Photos used with permission of the copyright owner. Creative Commons license not applicable.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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