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.
The 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.
Thai Airways has a daily A330-300 (more passengers and lesser range than a -200) service to Bangkok.
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.
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.