In-terminal photography from Chicago O’Hare (ORD)

I remember feeling a bit bored when I was taking these pictures, and I was just doing it to pass some time between flights. It was a beautiful and sunny spring morning, I had my camera with me, and I had some time…so why not take a few snapshots? I did just that, just casually taking photos of any aircraft that happened to pass by the window. I wasn’t excited with anything that I got – they were all not-so-fancy shots of not-so-fancy aircraft.

But now that I’ve had a chance to think about it on my drive home, that shot of the Canadian 737-200 (C-GWPW) was a really nice score. Also, those Continental 737-500’s are rare and will be gone soon. And as strange as it may seem, that shot of the Air Canada A319 (C-FYIY) is one of the few decent Air Canada photographs I have ever taken. I’m not sure what it is about me and AC, but that is one airline that has successfully dodged my camera lens ever since I started out in this hobby. Nearly every time I have got a shot at an Air Canada aircraft, the conditions have been totally wrong. Maybe a trip to YYZ would change all that…

American Airlines 737-800

Air Canada A319

Continental Airlines 737-500

Continental Airlines 737-300

Continental Airlines 737-300

Comair CRJ-200

United Express Bae 146

Anyway, looking back on all these pictures is one of the things that I really enjoy about aviation photography. Photographs that seem totally mundane and common (and sometimes worthless) today will most likely be very interesting to look at many years down the road. I didn’t necessarily think much about that when I first started taking pictures of airplanes, but now I’m very proud of my aviation photography collection and I cherish every single shot in it.

That being said, there isn’t much else to say about this particular batch of photos. The fact that the sky was so sunny and clear in early March was a miracle in itself – and those of you who live in the midwest around the Chicago area know exactly what I’m talking about. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to get these photos.

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