Sunday, August 23, 2009

Plane Shooting !

It was one fine day when a friend of my, Wingz the Nobleman called me and asked me if I want to "ta fei kei" or not. Well, as a healthy man I am, sure I want, but since this is kinda private and I wouldn't do "that" to anyone else but my wife.......

Of course not "that TFK" !! LOL

Wingz got a special permission from someone in MAS so to let us get into a secret place near to KLIA where we can take photographs of plane landing and taking off without been chased by the guards. Instead, we will be protected by guards. LOL

Since this is kinda once in a lifetime experience, why not ? Hence, early in the cooling morning of Saturday, I sacrificed my lovely sleeping hours and drive all the way to KLIA to shoot aeroplanes landing and taking off.

After about 1 hour of driving, we reached at a small hill top where it's indeed a very nice place for couple to do their "thing" here. I basically can see every corner of the airport, and the scenery is so nice ! But due to security precaution, not anyone can access to this place. Without a permit from MAS, we would be locked up for sure, since we showed out with our camera gears ! LOL

Anyway, I am not sure either is our air port is not busy one, or our air port is not a popular stopping point for airplanes, I got bored of waiting for planes to land. We were chatting more than taking photographs of aeroplanes landing. LOL. Hence, we shifted to another spot, where we can see planes taking off.

To be frank, I have absolutely no idea and in-experience of shooting aeroplanes. I didn't know what to do, and the weather at that morning was so not photography-friendly: grey sky, dull lighting, and even going to rain some more. And the position where we were standing on the west side of the airport, meaning the sun is actually directly shine to us ! What could possibly we can take any good photo under this condition ?

Well, since I got this opportunity to take airplanes taking off without chasing by guards, and it's all good will from MAS, hence I must also take MAS airplanes lar. I must do that because there ain't much aeroplanes taking off from KLIA that time: almost all planes are either from Air-Asia or MAS punya airplanes ! LOL

Anyway, without much idea what to do, and without any longer zoom lens, I tried the artistic approach then. I found the MAS hanger is just directly opposite where I stand. I figure out that would be a nice back ground for any plane that takes off. Hence, I compose that way lar.

Air Asia flying over MAS hanger !

If I am not mistaken, this is an AirBus, MAS punya for sure.
This time I got it right ! LOL

Then haze coming. Everything became so dull....
I got bored....
then, when I saw this.....

Cool that he holds his cam-corder with the bread on his hand.

I like this pic, so got feeling inside, hence I add words in this photo.
Can't read chinese ? Too bad. LOL
It says :"Waiting..."

Then, few minutes before we called it a morning, and few minutes before the rain pour like cats and dogs, we saw at the far end a Boeing 747 was queuing up ready to take off. Quick quick I composed and wait for it to fly over the MAS hanger ! Quick quick press my shutter button to get some shots and I am happy to get this:

Got feel bo ?

Anyway, special thanks to Bro Wingz, who invited me to join this wonderful outing. Second of course to the MAS people who allow us to go to these place taking photos without worrying being accused as terrorist (well, we submit our IC number to them...). And of course must mention the guards.

They took very good care of us !
Basically follow us anywhere we go. :p

And the guards over the fence.
They must be freaked off to see about 20 photographers turned out with our super long zoom lenses pointing at each aeroplane that takes off ! LOL

To wrap up, this is one kind of the experience I had. Never thought of a chance to go such near to a highly secured place for a plane shooting without any worry to be chased away. Although the weather was not in the favour of photographing, but I am pretty satisfy of what I got.

Well, this indeed one kind of shiok sendiri kind of experience lar. LOL


Azuan said...

Very power bro... cool experience i guess... there are alwayss a group of 'aircarft spotters' in KLIA. They got chased all the time hahaha

It's cool to see you being escorted! Cool photos also.

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qiqi said...

hey. may I know where is the exact place that u r went?? I really wanna see aeroplane take off. hope can reply ASAP. tq

Templar Tan said...

Hi qiqi, here is the google map of the spot we went for the plane shooting:,101.704373&hl=en&sll=2.734385,101.720181&sspn=0.04561,0.077162&vpsrc=0&t=m&z=13&source=gplus-ogsb

Enjoy ! :D