Trip to New York(2000/03/29-03/30)
I visited New York during Spring break. The purpose of this trip was
finish my battle with Concorde Airplane!! Acutally, I visited
Heathrow airport to take photo of Concorde several years back. But,
at that time, I couldn't take a nice picture because it was too cold.
I arribed at runway end of Heathrow airport at 8:30 in the morning.
I was standing there waiting for Concorde landing until 15:30. But,
I couldn't see Concorde. It was in February and it was too cold to
wait long time. Two years back, I went to Portugal for research
presentation. Eventually, Concorde airplane came to Lisbon airport
for re-fueling. I tried to take photos at that time also, but double fence
prevented me from taking a perfect picture. On the way back from Lisbon,
I stopped at Charles de Gaulle airport for transit. I spent
one whole day in the airport to take photo of Concorde. Well, I took
some photos. But it was cloudy. I'm not satisfied with that photo
(See this page). So, my three
attempt to take photo of Concorde airplane was not successful. As
a result, Concorde became my kind of fated rival (^_^;)
This is my fourth attempt to shoot Concorde by my camera.
I wanted to go to New York by an airplane. But I should have reserved
ticket earlier. All cheap tickets are sold out. So I decided to use
AmTrak. 11 hours ride from Pittsburgh to New York. AmTrak itself was
comfortable, but 11 hours were too long.... Anyway, I came to New York.
Prior to go to JFK airport, I obtained time tables at
British Airways and
I refered to
Concorde - FOREIGN HOMOEPAGE
for radio frequencies. But, I didn't know where to take photos.
I heard that only Terminal 2 and 3 allow non-passengers to come in.
But, it was two year old information. They might have changed the policy
so that no passenger is allowed to come in to the terminal. This was
only one unclear thing to me. But, it turned out nothing to worry
about. I could come in to Terminal 2 without any problem.
But I made one big mistake. I left time table to the hotel. How stupid
I was! So only thing I could rely on was airband radio. I tried to
hear any single word of airband to catch "Air France Concorde XX" and
"British Airway Speedbird XX". Unfortunatelly, I missed first British
Airways concorde. That one was totally a surprise attack to me. I
even couldn't take one shot. But, I knew I had two more chances. I kept
listening to the radio, and at last I heard "Air France Concorde 02,
Taxi Runway 31 Left...."!!
From terminal 2, I could see take off and landing at Runway 31 Left
which exactly the Air France Concorde 02 was about to go. Furthermore,
if Air France Concorde 02 was parking at Terminal 1, it should taxi
right in front of Terminal 2! It was a first big chance!
Finally, Air France Concorde 02 came out from the behind of Terminal 1,
heading to runway 31 left! It's coming to right in front of me!
Sky was almost clear, scattered cloud. Concorde is in front of me and
the Sun was behind me. Usually the best condition for the photo is
often not the best for these white airplanes. Because the airplane is
white, it reflects too much light. If I take photo by auto focus, auto
iris, I'll get just a white thing. Maybe no blurred letters and airline
symbols. Auto iris measures all lights coming in to the camera. So,
if the target is brighter than the background, I have to reduce
exposure than auto iris (use higher iris than the camera says) not to
lose details. I chose F6.4 and shutter speed was 1000. The film was
I leaned on the wall for the camera support to reduce motion blur.
I took photos under perfect condition. The result was those pictures
that I put between paragraphs. They are not bad, are they?
On the third day, I visited
Intrepid Sea, Air, Space Museum.
U.S.S. Intrepid is moored on the shore of Hudson river, and lots of airplanes
are displayed on the flight deck.