We knew that the A380 was big but…OMFG!


This is how it feels to see 600 tons of aluminum flying a few meters over your head. I used a 17mm wide angle lens and even then I almost didn’t get the shot.

I was initially planning to stay on the viaduct that goes over Highway 13 but the thought of spending an hour in the wind with trucks passing right behind me was not really appealing. In addition we couldn’t see the approach so I was afraid that I’d miss it. Ultimately, Christiane and I decided to get right in the middle of things and we walked to the end of Pittfield Ave.

A few landings provided me with the opportunity to do some test shots, including a great image of an Air Canada A330. Ultimately these didn’t really prepare me for the real thing. Following a leisurely stroll around the island, the A380 finally settled into a final approach that seemed to take forever. That was just a size-induced illusion as it got in much faster than I anticipated. I got my approach shot, turned around, got down on one knee and barely had enough time to capture it going over the silhouettes of the other plane spotters.

If you send your images to Flickr, tag them with Montreal and A380.

10 Comments so far

  1. Justin (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    I wasn’t there but the photos don’t really seem to show the magnitude of the thing. It looks like a regular old plane..

  2. andre (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

    You’ll have 3 more chances to see it in motion. The following was taken from the comments in an earlier entry:

    13 Nov, CYUL/KCMO, departure CYUL at 13:00 local
    15 Nov, KCMO/CYUL, arrival CYUL at 10:00 local
    15 Nov, CYUL/LFPG, departure CYUL at 22:00 local

    Scratch that last one. A nighttime departure is gonna suck. Of course, you’re more than welcome to prove me wrong.

  3. LiveMtl (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 3:33 am

    It is so large it’s actually difficult to capture its magnitude. Andre got the best pics, all said.

  4. Justin (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

    Andre’s were the best EXCEPT for the shot published in The Globe and Mail today. It was in the front section and shot by Bernard Brault of La Presse.

    He shot it from the 13 but perpendicular to the plane facing south. The shot is as the plane is flying over the 13.

    You get a very good impression of the magnitude of it because you can compare it to the cars and trucks stuck in traffic.

    Sweet Mother of Pearl that thing is huge!

  5. andre (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

    I think I saw that shot and I remember it well since it’s very similar to the one I was planning to take. Unfortunately, Bernard choose the wrong viaduct. The sun was illuminating the left side of the plane and by positioning himself to the north, he photographed the shadowed side.

  6. Justin (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    I dunno I think he did a great job, you should check it out: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Business/978297.html


  7. andre (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

    Yeah that’s the one. The composition is great but the light sucks.

  8. andre (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    Check out the top image on this forum page. That is exactly the shot I had in mind.


  9. Justin (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

    Ok, you win. That last one takes the cake.

  10. andre (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    My cousin works for Air Canada and he offered to take me on the roof of the airport for tomorrow’s landing.

    Unfortunately I’m organizing a conference at UdM and I have to be there all day :-(

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