Today, some night plane spotting photos for your enjoyment.
Spotting at night throws up some unique challenges. The aircraft need to be stationary, and the photographer requires good anticipation to capture the image in those few seconds between an aircraft’s arrival at the gate and it being swarmed by ground support equipment and people, or from the time of its push back till it taxies out, and it goes without saying, you cannot use a flash.
Despite these challenges, the results can be quite spectacular.
This is the passenger terminal building of the Bengaluru International Airport. Some may consider it a drab box, but it transforms in to an oasis of light during the night. Do observe the light trails of a business jet taking off over the terminal.
Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-400 D-ABTK arrives after its ten hour flight from Frankfurt. Standing almost 100 metres away did not prevent me from getting buffeted by the hot and strong exhaust gases, even though the engines were at idle power.
Cathay Pacific’s subsidiary Dragon Air operates an Airbus A330-300 to Bangalore. Here is B-HWI wearing the 25 years anniversary livery, just a few minutes before being closed up for departure back to Hong Kong in the wee hours of the night.
An unusual shot of the only Boeing 727 operating in India. This clean and gleaming plane N727VJ has oodles of shiny chrome and is one of the private jets of the Mallya family. It features winglets on which the beacon light shines like a bright diamond. A pity that Dr. Mallya does not ensure the other planes of his Kingfisher fleet are kept as clean as this one.
As usual comments are welcome. Images are the copyright of Devesh Agarwal.