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Free time at San Francisco International

747 approachingMy Friday flight home from WWDC (San Francisco [SFO] to Portland [PDX]) wasn’t set to depart until 9:15pm, probably putting me in the door around midnight. In an effort to get home somewhat sooner, I headed to the airport around 5pm, as there was a 6:15ish flight to PDX, and I thought maybe I could get on that one instead.

However, when I reached their gate, the departure board indicated “delayed,” and the estimated new departure time was 9:40pm–well after my booked flight’s departure. With no pressing requirements for the next four hours, I made my way to the end of the C concourse, where I had a good view of the planes taxiing by–as well as a view, though quite far away, of landings on runways 28L and 28R.

Thinking simply “I wonder if someone will come question me about this,” I got out the Nikon, attached the 70/300mm zoom, and started snapping pix. Amazingly, over the course of an hour’s worth of picture taking, I was completely ignored by Homeland Security. (The first few images were snapped from a café near the international terminal, outside the concourse proper.)

The pictures may only be of interest if you’re a true aviation nut; most aren’t even that good. I do like, however, the nose-on shot of the China Airlines 747, which was snapped as it maneuvered on the taxiways just outside the concourse. It makes a most impressive desktop image when cropped to fit 1920×1200! (As always, if you ever want a full-size version of any image, just ask.)

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  1. I once got stopped by security at the Las Vegas airport for taking pictures. Interesting thing was I was on the top level of the parking garage and I was facing away from all the airplanes and airport infrastructure. I was actually taking a picture of a small mountain east of the city that had snow on it that morning (this peak, unlike the ones to the west almost never gets snow). They just asked me to move along. Of course, this was in the pre-9/11 days back in 1998. Maybe they were worried about jumpers on that high structure.

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