Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4084
Country: United States

I just got home from two weeks in Michigan and Ontario. The weather was crap most of the time: hazy and humid. But yesterday we finally got a great UP day at Cedarville after the northwest wind set in and cleared out all the dead air. Sailing in 20 knots of wind with crisp temperatures can really restore your enthusiasm for living.

While I was walking in the woods on Little LaSalle Island, Marcia mentioned that a big dragonfly had taken up residence on my hat. He was happily munching on a moth and was too busy to worry himself as I took his portrait. You can see bits and pieces of his dusty dinner on my hat, around his mandibles.



futurshox
Registered: Feb 15, 2008
Total Posts: 2777
Country: United States

JWilsonphoto wrote:
Silly shutter speed challenge.............1/15th bouncing along on my SeaDoo in formation at about 22 knots.


Well that does it.... Next year at Cedar Creek, we need us a boat!!



Leo Hursh
Registered: Jul 18, 2004
Total Posts: 1651
Country: United States

Colin Giersberg wrote:
Leo, by any chance, are you a Moody Blues fan?



I've been known to kick back and enjoy me some Moody Blues.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4084
Country: United States

Target Acquired

An osprey's piercing gaze. This photographer was trying very hard not to look like a fish...



gerov
Registered: Nov 29, 2004
Total Posts: 9030
Country: United States

Love the light on that osprey, Steve. That is my favorite bird, and they have a look that could pierce you a thousand times. I find those yellow eyes even more piercing than those of a bald eagle.

I hope you weren't flopping around while taking the picture

Edit - ToPP - Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in 2010.







Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 2444
Country: United States

stevez wrote:
Target Acquired

An osprey's piercing gaze. This photographer was trying very hard not to look like a fish...


On more than one occasion while I've been fly fishing, an Osprey has seriously out-fished yours truly. They are definitely exacting hunters/fishers.

This odd helo is currently resting on the ramp at KIWA. It is my understanding that this K-1200 is another aerial asset for our wildfires. It may be small, but I believe it is a serious power lifter.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9316
Country: United States

Steve, really like that osprey giving you the beady eye.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9316
Country: United States

Oh, and yes, my ISAP card arrived today, too cool! (on the other hand, my membership number changed, )



KZinnack
Registered: Mar 16, 2010
Total Posts: 168
Country: United States

Jeff W. wrote:
stevez wrote:
Target Acquired

An osprey's piercing gaze. This photographer was trying very hard not to look like a fish...


On more than one occasion while I've been fly fishing, an Osprey has seriously out-fished yours truly. They are definitely exacting hunters/fishers.

This odd helo is currently resting on the ramp at KIWA. It is my understanding that this K-1200 is another aerial asset for our wildfires. It may be small, but I believe it is a serious power lifter.




Jeff,

Great shot of a Kaman K-Max. Was built and advertised as an "Aerial Pickup Truck" with a single pilot and it's only mission was to haul stuff. They marketed it for aerial logging, firefighting, and cargo hauling. The unique main rotor gearbox design came from the Kaman HH-43. My father was one of the mechanics that prepped the new HH-43s and SH-2 Seasprites for their first flight at KBDL in the early 60s.


Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 2444
Country: United States

Thanks for the info on the K-Max KZ. I went back to shoot him at lunch and they had left for another job.

A massive dust storm engulfed KIWA a little before 1:00 PM today causing three Hornets from VFA-97 to abort their takeoff and return to the ramp. As you can see, it got fairly intense and dark enough to turn on the taxiway/runway lights in the middle of the day.

HABOOB WARHAWKS


DanNehmer
Registered: Nov 26, 2009
Total Posts: 313
Country: United States

Jeff,

Love the colors and mood in that one!

Not much for aviation here in Iowa, but Mother Nature did serve up one very nice light show the other night. Took a few 10 second exposures to play and I like how they turned out. Hope you like it too.

Dan



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 2444
Country: United States

DanNehmer wrote:
Jeff,

Love the colors and mood in that one!

Not much for aviation here in Iowa, but Mother Nature did serve up one very nice light show the other night. Took a few 10 second exposures to play and I like how they turned out. Hope you like it too.

Dan


Wonderful image Dan. I've been trying to get something like this in AZ. Unfortunately, most of our best thunderstorms are proceeded by dust storms - not conducive to photography most of the time. I'll keep trying and will keep your image in my mind as inspiration.

Here is one I took of the Hornets jockeying for position on the ramp. I'm not sure if these pilots ever flew missions from land bases in Afghanistan or Iraq, but they sure got a dose of similar conditions today.



Go4Long
Registered: Sep 04, 2005
Total Posts: 2013
Country: Canada

Jeff W. wrote:

HABOOB WARHAWKS


I clicked like, but that's not enough...I love this one Jeff.


JDE1
Registered: Jun 25, 2013
Total Posts: 27
Country: United States

Go4Long wrote:
Jeff W. wrote:

HABOOB WARHAWKS


I clicked like, but that's not enough...I love this one Jeff.

Agree. A nice, dreamy quality to this shot.


NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9316
Country: United States

I don't like it, I love it! Looks like it was a heck of a storm there!

DanNehmer wrote:
Jeff,

Love the colors and mood in that one!

Not much for aviation here in Iowa, but Mother Nature did serve up one very nice light show the other night. Took a few 10 second exposures to play and I like how they turned out. Hope you like it too.

Dan



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 9316
Country: United States

Wonderful, Jeff. Curious though, do you keep your camera in some sort of protection from the blowing sands? I remember our trip across I-15 and CA 58 from Las Vegas to Edwards and watching the paint peel off our van as we drove, from the blowing sandstorm. Not a good way to be introduced to your new home.

Jeff W. wrote:
Thanks for the info on the K-Max KZ. I went back to shoot him at lunch and they had left for another job.

A massive dust storm engulfed KIWA a little before 1:00 PM today causing three Hornets from VFA-97 to abort their takeoff and return to the ramp. As you can see, it got fairly intense and dark enough to turn on the taxiway/runway lights in the middle of the day.

HABOOB WARHAWKS



Donald Gray
Registered: Nov 12, 2005
Total Posts: 2306
Country: United Kingdom

The first from this year's Yeovilton (Photo Call Day aka White Ensign Day)
Slightly disappointing, photo wise. However the social side was great.

Met up with Nick (the butler) who tried his best to chide me when I should have been sitting down (resting after a hip replacement op) but I was insisting on standing most of the time...(Today, I wish I had sat down more!)
We missed having Rich with us this year - shame really, I had to send the butler... er ... I mean Nick for the ice creams in his stead. We met up with a couple of guys who I hope will join & become part of the European contingent of MATA. (Are you joining us Mike?)

Any way this is the first pull of my efforts at low shutter speed (low for me - remember. I am a doddering old fart.)

I got a full disc at least on the tail... Not much colour - shooting into the sun, hazy sky!


1/80 @f/32 Little ol' Canon 20D with 28~300



futurshox
Registered: Feb 15, 2008
Total Posts: 2777
Country: United States

Works for me, Donald!

Jeff, I love those Haboob shots, excellent colours on those.

Today I am chuffed to have a picture featured on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day site! I've been going there daily for probably ten years and they always have something interesting to see.
Here's mine: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130713.html
Half the credit goes to Jim; if he hadn't pointed out that sunspot I might not have noticed it at all...



Donald Gray
Registered: Nov 12, 2005
Total Posts: 2306
Country: United Kingdom

Thanks lady Jo. I agree that those Habbob images are stunning & outstanding.
Jo, its all your fault... After seeing your efforts with the GoPro, I got one. I haven't done much with it as yet (Did a timelapse from the hospital window )

At Yeovilton yesterday, I mounted it on the end of a lightweight monopod and tried some fun stuff... Yet to see the results...



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 2444
Country: United States

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

@Laura - Normally, I run for cover when these monster dust storms approach. However, in this instance I could see the potential of the Hornets returning to the ramp as the haboob enveloped the entire airfield. Besides lucking -out by being in the right place at the right time, I did not point my lens into the wind and I shielded the camera with my body as much as possible. When I got home, I thoroughly cleaned the outside of the camera/lens before I took the lens off and put my gear away - hopefully avoiding getting any dust inside on the sensor. So far, it appears I've gotten away with it.

Edit: Here is what it looked like minutes before it hit Willie.



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