Category PHX

PhxSpotters New Contributing Photographer

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Phxspotters is happy to announce that we have gained another Contributing Photographer in our ranks. We are very happy with Ben Cowdens love for photography and  love for aviation.

Ben Cowden

“Ben is an up and coming aviation photographer and long time aviation enthusiast.  As an aviation photographer, Ben constantly strives to produce images that generate a feeling of realism, but that also evoke more visceral emotions of wonder and curiosity.

Developing a passion for aviation at a very young age, Ben has grown to develop and focus his love for flight by pursuing and attaining his private pilot certificate with instrument rating, and is presently in training to attain his commercial pilot certificate...

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Holiday Spotting

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I had a very nice Sunday morning spottng with a couple of friends. There was Scott our new contributing Editor and Matt who is the Co-Founder of AZAP and a personal friend Jeff who had to make like 4 barthroom breaks but its ok Jeff we understand…. Rookie. We went to several diffrent areas around KPHX and got a real nice treat when 2 McDonnell-Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus BuNo 165579, VMA-311 “Tomcats”

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KPHX Rail Update

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Well construction is going smoothly at Sky Harbor Airport. The picture above is some of the progress that has been completed.

Studies show that automated trains are the most efficient way to move people through airports. The PHX Sky Train™ may potentially result in more than 20,000 fewer vehicles per day at the Airport – nearly 20 percent of a day’s traffic – and significantly reduce curb congestion and pollution.

Stage One of the PHX Sky Train will transport Airport visitors and employees between METRO light rail, east economy parking and Terminal 4, which serves 80 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers. Construction will be complete in early 2013. Stage Two, which will continue through the Airport all the way to the Rental Car Center, will be up and running in 2020.

A new gateway to Sk...

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Monsoon season in Phoenix

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The photo of the lightning over PHX was taken on August 17th, 2010 at 7:49 PM, right at the height of the monsoon storm. This was my first attempt at shooting lightning, and out of the 90 or so photos that I took from this very shot, only 2 had lightning in them whatsoever. I believe that getting a nice shot of lightning is 90% luck, and 10% skill. After all, when the lightning really strikes, your camera is either not pointed at the sky or your are in between photos.

But for this shot, I suppose I got lucky, as not only was my shutter open and was pointed in the right direction, the lightning bolt was the biggest one of the night, by far. The photo was taken at the north west corner of the Terminal 4 parking garage, 8th level...

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