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USS Kitty Hawk

Postby cordy on Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:47 pm

Hi All,

I've seen in the news the last couple of days that the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk will be in town tomorrow/ thursday for a week.

Im guessing it will be moored at Garden Island, where are the best places to get shots from of the carrier and aircraft on deck - what length lens as well?

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Postby Yi-P on Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:15 pm

You can get a good view around Mrs Macquarie Chair which has a little hill coming around.

I'm not sure about the security there, but lugging a big lens taking photograph of a military ship is not such idea. But either way I might bring a 300mm prime with me... :lol:
I'd say 200-300mm if you want the planes, and around 35-50mm for the ship itself. Last time, the QM2 I had to use a 12mm lens to fit her in :P
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Postby cordy on Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:22 pm

Ahh yeah, just found a map of the area. Dont think security would be a issue, but I guess you never know

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Postby Killakoala on Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:29 pm

where are the best places to get shots from of the carrier and aircraft on deck


Probably from the flight-deck :)

If they are having an open-day then maybe you could get onboard.

There is nothing to stop you taking photos from Lady McQ's chair area. If anyone was concerned about people photographing the ship then it wouldn't be coming to Sydney harbour. But it's a big ship so make sure you have a wide-angle lens too, even from Lady McQ's chair vantage point.
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Postby Kyle on Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:39 pm

I want to get down and see it!!! :D
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Postby cordy on Tue Jul 03, 2007 4:19 pm

Killakoala wrote:
where are the best places to get shots from of the carrier and aircraft on deck


Probably from the flight-deck :)

If they are having an open-day then maybe you could get onboard.

There is nothing to stop you taking photos from Lady McQ's chair area. If anyone was concerned about people photographing the ship then it wouldn't be coming to Sydney harbour. But it's a big ship so make sure you have a wide-angle lens too, even from Lady McQ's chair vantage point.


Well thats what I'm hoping for, a open day. But beggars cant be choosers :D

Should 18mm be wide enough do you think?
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Postby gstark on Tue Jul 03, 2007 4:38 pm

Ferry ride to Garden Island perhaps? :)

Maybe take the Pasha Bulker tour.
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Postby Matt. K on Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:29 pm

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Everyone is entitled to take pics from a public place...big lens or short lens. What they don't want you to see will be covered with canvas or locked in a hanger. Security is their problem....not ours. They might even have an open day and it's not likely they will ban cameras if they do. :D :D
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Postby cordy on Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:21 pm

Yeah, the yanks usually like to show off their stuff when they are away from home
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Postby Kyle on Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:34 pm

If they have an open day i'll line up for hours i think!
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Postby obzelite on Wed Jul 04, 2007 1:15 am

another good storm and it could be coming to a beach close to you :)
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Postby Killakoala on Wed Jul 04, 2007 1:34 pm

Current news is that 'At this stage' no decision has been made to have an open-day on any of the US vessels visiting.

Also as a side note, USS Kitty Hawk is 46 years old and served in the Vietnam war. :)
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Postby drifter on Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:02 pm

I don't think they have had an open day on a US ship here post sept 11 .
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Postby drifter on Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:02 pm

I don't think they have had an open day on a US ship here post sept 11 .
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Postby cordy on Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:50 pm

Due in tomorrow around 10am
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Postby dviv on Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:21 am

news.com.au say that the ship will not be open to the public.
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