I went on an aviation tour a couple of years ago and at dinner one night it became clear to me that aviation photographers and spotters do not always see eye to eye. At the table there was heated discussion about the spots and the phots.
I remember growing up in Denmark we would spend Sunday afternoons recording auto license numbers and then trying to find out where in the country they were from. When I was in the RDAF I went on a recognition course, so I have been doing both spot and phot.Wikipedia definition of Aircraft spottingAircraft spotting or plane spotting is the observation and logging of the registration numbers of aircraft: gliders, powered aircraft, balloons, airships, helicopters, and microlights. When spotting aircraft, observers notice the key attributes of an aircraft. They may notice a distinctive noise from its engine or the number of vapour trails it is leaving. They will assess the size of the aircraft and the number, type and position of its engines. Another clue is the position of wings relative to the fuselage and the degree to which they are swept rearwards. Are the wings above the fuselage, below it, or fixed at midpoint? Perhaps it is a monoplane, biplane, or triplane. The position of the tailplane relative to the fin(s) and the shape of the fin are also clues to its type. If it is an antique or light aircraft it might have a tail wheel. Some aircraft types have a fixed undercarriage while others have retractable wheels.Wikipedia definition of Aviation photography Aviation photography is the act of taking images of aircraft, either in flight, or on the ground. Like other specialties in photography, aviation photography requires knowledge of special techniques and of the aircraft to be done properly. There are different types of aviation photography, including air-to-air, ground-to-air, ground-static, and remote photography. Military aviation photography, especially air to air, requires additional skills, as the photo and target aircraft often fly at velocities of over Mach 1, while under moderate to high G. The photographer also must have a VHF radio to listen and be aware of the aircraft's position.Let me hear some stories from both sides without slinging mud. This is supposed to be fun and there are no prices.
So get off your ***. c/n 1234 and start writing G-0101010 a short story about spot or phot.
Gravity always wins!