Long haul flights suck, there’s no denying that but there is always the stopover. Instead of going to the airline lounge, try wandering around the airport. Not only is it good for your blood circulation and general health but there are photographic opportunities just waiting to be captured.
Stopovers with a duration of 3-4 hours are like a photowalk, but indoors! There are so many opportunities from people watching to the unique archtichecture of the building itself. All that is needed is a keen eye and quick hands on your camera or smartphone to capture that shot.
This unique spot below was discovered by wandering around Hong Kong International Airport during a stopover.
The corner of the building jutted out over the services road that had numerous vehicles of all shapes, sizes and colours going around the corner. I stood there for over 30 minutes waiting for this bus to come back and remember patience pays off.
If you feel nervous about pulling your camera out in an airport, use your smartphone. Nearly everyone has one and they are used everyday in airports across the world and smartphones have amazing cameras, so why not use it. This shot was taken using a Samsung Note 8 and processed using Snapseed.
So next time you are flying long haul and have a stopover, go for a wander around the airport to see what there is to photograph. At the very least you will get some exercise which your body will thank you for.
Note: Taking photographs in airports is not illegal as long as you don’t take photos of the areas that are related to security. That may include security personnel, equipment and border control areas and please ensure that respect is shown to the countries culture and traditions.