A bit of Airplane photography at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Train vs Plane!
- Train vs Plane? What the blazes is this?
- Off to St Pancras on the Early Train (Virgin Trains Birmingham to London Euston), St Pancras Departures Lounge
- Eurostar train 9114 London St Pancras to Amsterdam Centraal
- A walk around Amsterdam
- Setting the timer off: Off to Amsterdam Schiphol
- A light bit of spotting at Amsterdam Schiphol
- British Airways Terraces Amsterdam Schiphol
- BA441 Amsterdam Schiphol to London Heathrow
- Into London, stopping the stopwatch and Chilterns home
- Who wins?
The Amsterdam Schiphol Panorama Deck
I headed out to the observation deck, and scanned around. And there’s a lot of blue.
And as well as a lot of blue, a lot of visitors.
And more blue too.
There’s also a Fokker 100 on the deck. Because that’s the best plane you can stick on a viewing deck.
Whilst it was a lovely day for a Royal Wedding and a Football match in the UK… conditions at Schiphol were a lot more… grey.
Never mind, it’s time to make the most of things. I swapped the lens on my camera from the 24-105 to my favourite aviation lens – the Canon 100-400 f4 to f5.6 L series.
I’ve written about it countless times on this blog… and nothing has changed in my eyes about it other than it’s a heavy beast of a lens that can help you develop good arm and shoulder muscles.
I watched a few planes land before clicking in all seriousness – least of all, I was trying to work out were planes were landing, and where they were taking off.
Alas – where they were taking off was the Polderbaan. That would represent fun for later. For now, let’s have some plane pictures.
There was also some wildlife flying around.
Of course it wouldn’t be Schiphol Airport without some KLM blue.
With Schiphol being an entry/exit point for Amsterdam, it’s unsurprising the amount of cargo traffic that passes by.
There’s also a mix of traffic – not just traditional carriers, but holiday traffic too.
Whilst it was late in the afternoon, the evening bank of long haul traffic was on its way in as I readed to depart.
There was also short-haul traffic too.
And unexpected traffic above too
Just as I was about to head off, Flighradar pinged an interesting long haul arrival. I hung around – and was rewarded with a KLM Boeing 777-300ER coming in to land.
With time marching on, I decided to enjoy the lounge for a while before heading back to London.
Overall: For a free facility, that is open to all – and without much security – Amsterdam Schiphol Airport ticks many boxes in the aviation geek’s boxes. There’s great clear views, and a variety of traffic, with not too many obstructions if you’re using the right lens.
If you have time between flights, or want to spend a day out watching planes take off and land (without leaving the airport), this is an excellent choice.
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