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    The 10pm to 11pm outbound crunch at San Francisco International Airport on Friday, July 17th, 2009. Departures on Runways 1L/1R as seen from Millbrae.

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    Edit: credit to papa_sierra for letting me know there were some good vantage points in Millbrae.

    Qantas Airways Limited flight 74 (Boeing 747-400) can be seen crossing midfield left to right and then departing on 27 28 for Sydney (YSSY).

    Before the crunch, there's about 20 minutes where the airport almost goes silent. I also noticed that after 10pm only one departure happens at a time, whereas side by side takeoffs were occuring prior to that. I assume that's for noise control reasons.

    Stack of 31 exposures. And to the Millbrae residents who saw me shooting on the sidewalk near your houses, sorry if I bothered you.

    [ Edit: This image appears in the September 2009 issue of San Francisco magazine in the "click" feature. Thanks, San Francisco magazine! ]

    [ Edit: For inquiries about prints please see my Flickr profile. ]

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    1. DrSeaMonkey 33 months ago | reply

      This photo is simply wonderful. I love night plane trail pics like this. I tried a few when at SFO once, leaving the shutter open for about 15 minutes. I think that, as you show, it's much better to stack several shots. That's what I'll try in the future. Very nice photo!

    2. Zaphod Beeblebrox 31 months ago | reply

      Woah! Brilliant!! If you ever get a chance again, borrow a second camera and shoot these in 3D. You'll need the cameras a couple of meters apart.

    3. Fransois 27 months ago | reply

      Your wonderful picture has been seen in

      Artistic Perspectives

    4. Rozanne Hakala 25 months ago | reply

      Yowza! Absolutely brilliant stuff Terence!

    5. smbobde 24 months ago | reply

      Awesome work!!

    6. Cremantus 23 months ago | reply

      Great work!

    7. The Mirfak Voyager 20 months ago | reply

      oh wow.i m speechless.

    8. gabevans 17 months ago | reply

      Wow. Just... wow.

    9. ssorcdivad 11 months ago | reply

      Great shot! Many airports provide their schedules example PDX www.portofportland.com/flights.aspx so you could find a time when the most flights are departing/arriving to help set up the best shot

    10. kacam 10 months ago | reply

      ¡fantástica imagen!

    11. Linda Enfield 8 months ago | reply

      Came across your photograph on google+ and fell in love with it! Never thought about an airport for long exposure but it's an absolutely brilliant idea :) Love your portfolio by the way :D

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