lynothehammer wrote: ↑
Mon 12 Jul 2021, 4:35 pm
Looking for a little advice, i've never been to Little Grandsen and considering trying it out this year so any advice on shooting into the sun, parking etc would be greatly appreciated.
Steve (and anyone else who isn't familiar with the site), I've knocked up this plan to try to help. I last went in 2019 so have based it on that (usual disclaimers apply if it's changed!). For starters the postcode is SG19 3BPso that should get you there. I've followed on with some notes that might help as well.
lt gransden layout
by Andrew Goldsmith
, on Flickr
The public car park (as A-D 210 said) is in the field opposite the farm / airfield entrance just to the west of the road, they used to sometimes park cars in the field to the south of the airfield as well but I don't think they did in 2019
The runway orientation is roughly east / west so if the wind is from the west ( that's the prevailing direction) they land over the road. Now a point to remember!!! the runway is not the display line
I'd put this in capitals but some people don't like shouting
The first year I went, eons ago I got some lovely landing pics of the visitors by sitting by the runway but found I should have moved into the main area for the display, okay you can get take off and landing shots but particularly later in the day you will be shooting into sun (south west-ish) as aircraft come up the display axis from the south.
I think (personal opinion obviously) that you want to be about midway or even further south down the main public area - they normally have a flag pole around the centre and I make sure I'm well south of that partly to ensure I don't get a round the flagpole rather than round the bend shot! That way you will avoid shooting into the sun almost completely until quite late in the display when the sun has moved round well to the west. Also by being further down the field you will get better topsides as the aircraft come round the bend round the trees - that for me is the classic shot at Lt Gransden, nearly as good as Old Warden.
I mentioned the visiting aircraft and the pure visitors are normally parked along the north side of the runway so if you want pics of those you do need to be up around the 28 threshold end of the public area as those won't come into the main aircraft park which is used for the participating aircraft.
The displaying aircraft taxi out to the runway through what is normally a very wide gap but on display days is narrowed down to make space for the public to walk between the two areas, the northern part near the 28 threshold is used for the majority of the classic cars so there is a lot of traffic between the two areas and there isn't room to sit there unless you are in a small disabled area that was located there last time but you can normally get pics from further back of the taxiing aircraft coming in and out - otherwise wait until the show ends and the departures commence, that is worth hanging about for.
here's a link to my 2019 pics as the most recent examples from a show day: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125470545 ... 5352/page1