Sunrise photography at SAN

Having been pretty much burned out from shooting afternoon photos sessions at SAN last summer, I was once again looking for something different. Being that I live so close to the airport, I thought that it might be cool to try some sunrise photography – especially since it was approaching winter and the angle of the sun was at it’s best.

I know most of you are probably cringing at the thought of anything “sunrise” – but hey…I’ve always been an early riser so getting up before the sun to ride my bike out to the airport wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t something I wanted to do on a regular basis, but really, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds.

I’ve seen very few morning/sunrise photos from other photographers from Lindbergh Field, so I was excited to try something new. I think it was worth it. One of my favorite challenges with aviation photography is to get pics with the sun shining into the engines – seeing all the mechanical bits and detail really makes a photo pop IMHO. I knew that I’d have lots of opportunity during these sunrise sessions to get those types of images, so I couldn’t have been happier.

As you can see, I managed to get pictures of some really interesting aircraft this month. My favorite is the Aloha Airlines 737-700 (N746AL). Remember when they flew to San Diego? Other notable items are the screaming yellow DHL 727-200F (N748DH) and the Alaska Airlines Disneyland Livery 737-400 (N748AS).

American Airlines 757-200

American Airlines 757-200

American Airlines MD-82

Aloha Airlines 737-700

Alaska Airlines 737-400

Alaska Airlines MD-83

DHL 727-200

Delta Airlines 757-200

Delta Airlines 757-200

Frontier Airlines A318

FedEx MD-10-10F

America West 737-300

America West A319

America West 757-200

JetBlue A320

Northwest Airlines A320

Ted A320

United Airlines 737-300

United Airlines 757-200

USAirways A320

Southwest Airlines 737-700 Shamu One Livery

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