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SFO Light Trails | by AJ Brustein
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SFO Light Trails

SFO October 1, 2019. Drove around for a while to find a good vantage point of the San Francisco International Airport with full view of the runways 01L and 01R. I don't know much about airports but knew that whenever I fly into SFO, I wasn't landing on these runways so figured these were the ones I want ed to track takeoffs.


Interestingly enough, in my 1.5 hours of shooting here, 3 planes actually taxied the wrong way down the longer runways, 28R and 28L and then U turned and took off down them. I know how other iaports work, but SFO definitely has their work cut out for the air traffic controllers who have to manage perpendicular runways and two way traffic.


Anyway I start shooting around 9:30 and for the first 50 min, no planes took off down the lefthand runway and just as I was about to give up, a tiny plane took off and then started alternating between L and R for 30 min.


I was shooting from the sidewalk in front of a very understanding homeowner 2 miles from the airpot and could still hear the larger planes fire up their engines when they got the green light to take off. IT was a very educational photoshoot albeit boring as hell, and stacking 30 images and editing them was even more boring, considering I rarely edit photos.


Anyway, voila, my most time consuming edit ever. Hope you enjoy.

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Taken on October 1, 2019