Corfu May 2013 - Updated 21/06/13

Corfu May 2013 - Updated 21/06/13

Postby Jetnoise on Wed 12 Jun 2013, 7:32 pm

Had a holiday with my wife and another couple in May - they made the mistake of leaving the hotel choice to me! Although not the busiest time of year, there were enough movements to keep me happy (although only a C-27 satisfied my primary interest of military).
Firstly, the hotel - we stayed atthe Corfu Holiday Palace at Kanoni - right at the end of the runway. If booking this hotel, ask for a "lake view" room on the highest floor available - I emailed the hotel direct and we were on the top floor (floor 7) in room 749 - the end room nearest the runway. There are no night flights so noise was not an issue.

1st departure each day was the Aegean flight to Athens - about 07:15 departure. This was taken from the room's balcony with EOS5D Mk.2 and 100-400L:
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SX-OAQ_A320_AEE_D_CFU_20130515_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

Also from the room's balcony a little later in the morning......
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PH-TFC_B738_ARK_D_CFU_20130512_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

Even the smaller stuff was good at 400mm with a little cropping......
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SX-SEH_JS31_SKY_D_CFU_20130511_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

Shots of movements back-tracking for departure were also possible from the room....
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VQ-BDP_B738_TYA_T_CFU_20130525_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

Of course, the wife wanted to go to the beach which also provided good views of the approach over the monastery and mouse island...
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G-FCLI_B752_TOM_A_CFU_20120524_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

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D-AGER_B737_GMI_A_CFU_20130511_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

The other good photo spot for the mornings was the Royal Cafe which overlooks the approach and the threshold turning area.....
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EW-277PJ_CR200_BRU_A_CFU_20130518_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

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G-TCAD_A320_TCX_A_CFU_20130513_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

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OO-JEB_E190_JAF_T_CFU_20130513_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

The Royal Cafe was also a nice spot for a drink in the evening (this is a Ryanair B737 on approach).....
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Ryanair_over_Mouse_Island_20130521 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

Obviously other accommodation options are available in the Kanoni area, but the Corfu Holiday Palace half-board deal was good value, wife and friends enjoyed it and also offered up good photo opportunities.
Hope this was useful and any questions/comments welcome.

Added a few more:

In the afternoon as the sun moves round, you can cross the breakwater at the end of the runway to the other side for photos - to illustrate, here is the breakwater with the Cafes and Hotels of Kanoni in the background...

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G-FCLE_B752_TCX_A_CFU_20120513_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

From the breakwater, good shots of aircraft turning on the threshold after back-tracking can be had....

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D-ASTA_A320_GMI_T_CFU_20130513_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

The weather was not good for the whole two weeks - here a Ryanair departs during a storm (taken from hotel room)...

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EI-EGB_B738_RYR_D_CFU_20130512_2 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

But any storms are short-lived and the sun soon comes out again! (Taken from hotel room)....

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SX-OBD_DHC8_NOA_D_CFU_20130513_2 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

The moist air produced some nice vortices (taken from Royal Cafe).....

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D-ABKQ_B738_BER_A_CFU_20130518_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

Saturdays were particularly busy with German arrivals.....

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D-ATUE_B738_HLX_A_CFU_201305nn_1 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

Hope you enjoyed them.

Cheers,
Ralph
Last edited by Jetnoise on Fri 21 Jun 2013, 5:49 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: What I did on my holiday - Corfu May 2013

Postby Lumix on Wed 12 Jun 2013, 8:21 pm

That's a fine set of shots! ....and great backdrops! :clap:
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Re: What I did on my holiday - Corfu May 2013

Postby Danmadole on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 11:35 am

Great shots Ralph.

Gary
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Re: What I did on my holiday - Corfu May 2013

Postby Joshnatlyd on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 1:45 pm

Beautiful shots Ralph - the last one is a corker.
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Re: Corfu May 2013 - Updated 21/06/13

Postby Jetnoise on Fri 21 Jun 2013, 5:50 am

Had a chance to add some more shots this morning - hopefully not too big a post?

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Re: Corfu May 2013 - Updated 21/06/13

Postby bristol_rob on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 3:01 pm

Really nice shots!

This is defo a place I will travel to in the future! Sun, sea and planes! :)

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Re: Corfu May 2013 - Updated 21/06/13

Postby FOTO4 on Wed 17 Jul 2013, 12:32 pm

Great place to photograph in the sun
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