Aviation Photography Spotting at Las Vegas McCarran Airport

Southwest Airlines in Las Vegas Departs Over Excalibur

Early this morning I was looking through some previous photo shoots from about 10 years ago, which today is my next edition of Throwback Thursday. In one respect, I can’t believe this was 10 years ago, it sounds so long ago when you say it like that, but when I look at the images, I can remember each day, each image, like I just drove over to the KLAS observation area yesterday.

Ten years ago, in my “off” time from work, I was all about aviation photography, and aviation spotting at whatever airport I could get to that week. I shot aviation photography for years until it just became too much of a hassle with local police and the FBI, who harassed me constantly about taking photos of planes in a post-911 world with big glass (most of the time the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 zoom). Most of my aviation images were posted over on airlines.net and more specifically mine are still at planephoto.net. These in particular were shot at the Las Vegas McCarran Airport observation deck. Back then, Deb and I lived in Las Vegas for a while, long enough to know Vegas as well any city I know, so I found every angle possible to shoot at KLAS, including when Air Force One showed up one afternoon.

One of the many things I loved about shooting in Las Vegas was the smog and dust from the desert of Nevada made for some incredible sunset photos, both aviation and the Las Vegas strip buildings. I probably took thousands of sunset and night images in Las Vegas but the one above was always one of my favorite, simplicity in flight.

Frontier Airlines Lands in Rain at Las Vegas Airport
Frontier Airlines Lands in Rain at Las Vegas Airport
Scott Fillmer Shooting in Las Vegas
Scott Fillmer Shooting in Las Vegas
Singapore Airlines in Las Vegas Strip
Singapore Airlines in Las Vegas Strip
Southwest Airlines in Las Vegas Departs Over Excalibur
Southwest Airlines in Las Vegas Departs Over Excalibur
Las Vegas Departure of America West Cactus
Las Vegas Departure of America West Cactus
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6 responses to “Aviation Photography Spotting at Las Vegas McCarran Airport”

  1. […] At the time I was using the brand new digital marvel of photography, the Nikon D100 and a super expensive (for me) Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 lens. Both the camera and the lens were extremely expensive, and the Nikon D100 was the first Digital SLR of its kind. The specs are insane by today’s standards, but a very respectable APS-C 6.1MP sensor. You couldn’t shoot RAW and JPG at the same time back then, so I just decided right from the start that I was going to shoot RAW knowing that down the road someday I might be able to have a better way of editing all those big pixels. […]

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