Those photos from my trip to SLC did it. After such a long period of not doing any aviation photography at all, the pictures I took during those two days of travel reignited my interest in aviation photography in a huge way. Problem was, I didn’t have a proper camera and lens anymore! All I had at the time was my trusty old Digital Elph which was hugely insufficient for any decent outdoor photography at the airport – especially SAN, which requires at least 200mm to get anything remotely decent.
Long story short, I bit the bullet and picked up a brand new Canon 350D (Digital Rebel) and 100-400mm lens. If you’re keeping track, this was my second 100-400L – I sold the previous one a year prior due to the fact that I thought that I was done with aviation photography for good. Funny how things work out, eh?
Anyway, I’ve been having a great time getting to know that camera. Never mind that the summer months are the absolute worst in terms of light quality at SAN, but I’ve worked hard to get a handful of decent shots. I took most of these photos at the corner lot at Laurel and Harbor drive, standing on top of that popular little green electrical box during sunset. I have the photography itch so bad that I even went out there a few times when the marine layer (clouds/fog off the ocean) was thick just to see if I could catch anything interesting.
I think my favorite shot fwas the Delta Airlines 737-300 (N309WA) touching down on runway 27 in a cloud of smoke, right at sunset. I normally hate backlit shots, but I hurt my arm trying to pat myself on the back for that one. But really – don’t let that one shot fool you. For every great photo I took, there were 20 losers to go with it. The poor lighting didn’t help me get a lot of keepers.