I get the feeling from time to time that people think aviation photography as a hobby or even aviation in general as an interested is extremely bizzarre. If you think about it, the idea of people obsessing over and taking photos of loud, gas-guzzling, flying metal tubes that most associate with cramped coach-class seats and general discomfort does sound a bit peculiar, especially when you consider the fact that most of us stand out in the sun for hours on end just for the sake of plane spotting. My answer is that planes can be beautiful, gracious, and full of character, not far off from animals or people. Once you gain an appreciation for all of the hard work of people all around the world and numerous breakthoughs that made commercial aviation possible, these astounding beasts and products of human ingenuity will no longer be just another, and somewhat unfavorable method of transportation.

The bottom line is this: Aviation photography is an awesome hobby that may seem strange or boring at first, but it’s greatly entertaining and inspiring once you’ve gotten into it. To be honest, I myself connect to plane spotting almost on a spiritual level. I absolutely love making the hour-long journey to the airport on a Saturday and spending the afternoon watching planes land and waiting for the perfect photo opportunity. Aviation photography is a growing hobby, and one that I strongly recommend. Be sure to check out the rest of my blog for beginner guides and other helpful pieces of information. Happy spotting!