Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
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Beautiful captures jj!



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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This looks so otherworldly, Jeff.

Jeff W. wrote:
stevez wrote:
I'd like to welcome a budding talent to the list by publishing her first air-to-air, this shot of papa Rodolfo flying with fellow-MA2Aer David Russell in the 2-32 over the foothills west of Boulder, at 12,500'.

Anya and I chased Rodolfo and David in the Remos (with the doors off, of course!) and tucked into a thermal outside and above them, at 12,500'. I handed Anya my D-800 and with two sentences of instruction, this is what she squeezed off.

Everyone, please welcome Anya Paiz.


Terrific photograph Anya. I wish my first A2A image looked this good. I'm looking forward to your next effort

EDIT for TOPP:

A minor tribute to the newest addition to the royal family



NightOwl Cat
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And in other news, I ordered one of Brian's photos of the Aeroshell, and it just came. It's fantastic on metallic paper. Now to make room on the walls.



JWilsonphoto
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Not being able to leave well enough alone, I called my folks at Home Theatre Direct to discuss my hangar speaker travails. I don't know why I didn't go to them in the first place, the system I have in HQ sounds incredible. Anyway, my guy there said he had just the thing for me and I headed his direction. An hour later Halle and I were connecting up two beautiful speakers in the hangar and firing them up. I knew with the first guitar strum, they were staying. They aren't "outdoor" speakers, but considering how long my old Bose lasted, I'm willing to risk it for the sound quality. JD always made sure we had front row center seating for his concerts, and they sound just about like that.



NightOwl Cat
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Glad they got that fixed for you, hope the storms that are currently rolling through here don't head your way. Weather radio is going crazy today with severe thunderstorm warnings including hail and high winds. (also glad I don't have to worry about a motor in the MF version)

ELinder wrote:
JWilsonphoto wrote:
What glass were you using for that wonderful image?


Thanks. I used the current Nikon 300mm f/2.8. Love that lens. It just came back from Nikon where they replaced the focus motor, and I think it's even sharper than it was before.

Jeff, love that last toned image! Incredibly ominous looking.

Erich



JWilsonphoto
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I don't know if I ever mentioned it, but I had a dozen photographs in John's last concert tour brochure. There was even a shot of Sheila, JR and me with him standing in front of his Skybolt after a day of biplane fun. When I got my Bipe finished, he was going to take me on some special route he loved, to Sedona to have breakfast at a favorite spot. Wasn't to be.



JWilsonphoto
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Hey Guys, I never thought of it til now, but how was the Blad presentation at ISAP? Obviously not terribly impressive, or one of you would have said something. Maybe it's just the thought of spending a 100K to shoot with something 4 MP larger than the D800 that turned you off. Never saw an image, never heard a peep from us, or Blad about the experience, interesting.



Bill Gass
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Love and miss JD.
I would always have my sister play his songs on her guitar for me when I was younger.



nrferguson
Registered: Apr 20, 2004
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My first ever B-25!!!! (It didn't show at Dunsfold last September)
Niall



JWilsonphoto
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Bill Gass wrote:
Love and miss JD.
I would always have my sister play his songs on her guitar for me when I was younger.



I'm with Ya Bill. JR fingerpicks his music beautifully. We all miss him, just a senseless loss, red flags all over that one. John just got too cavalier about flight and it bit him. We were about as far away politically as two people can get, even way back when we weren't nearly as polarized, or in as much trouble as we are now, but the music, flight and photography somehow overshadowed all that. Sheila and I were with him at a concert on the grass in Dallas the first time he played "For You". His voice really matured over the years. Love the early stuff, but his voice in later years, "Perhaps Love", "For You", and a few others was really beautiful.



stevezzzz
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JWilsonphoto wrote:
Hey Guys, I never thought of it til now, but how was the Blad presentation at ISAP? Obviously not terribly impressive, or one of you would have said something. Maybe it's just the thought of spending a 100K to shoot with something 4 MP larger than the D800 that turned you off. Never saw an image, never heard a peep from us, or Blad about the experience, interesting.


I was underwhelmed.

Now, I don't have a lot to go on, because all I got to do was hold one in my hands for a minute or two in the meeting room. But compared to the old Blad gear the one I handled felt cheap, like they put it together from a bunch of plastic parts. The reps did nothing to sell me on it, either: it was like, Hey, we're Hasselblad and you're just a 35mm guy who wouldn't understand. Sad, really.

On the field day at Paine FIeld, the reps were having, well, a field day, shooting air-to-air from the B-25 and generally looking like they were enjoying themselves. But they didn't give a talk in the symposium and I doubt very much that they sold any gear.



stevezzzz
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This is a neat story about a Lend-Lease P-39 that was repatriated to western NY and is being restored in the same facility where it was built.

video: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid34757272001?bclid=0&bctid=87804472001

text: http://www.historynet.com/lend-lease-p-39-returns-to-western-n-y.htm



stevezzzz
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nrferguson wrote:
My first ever B-25!!!! (It didn't show at Dunsfold last September)
Niall


Nice! And the Corsair ain't chopped liver, neither.



stevezzzz
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Jeff W. wrote:
A minor tribute to the newest addition to the royal family



I absolutely love your re-processed stormscape, Jeff. But this one looks a tad overcooked to me, almost like it was faked.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
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Rodolfo, I'm glad I was able to make Anya a gift of the opportunity, but you're so right to be proud of the way she took the bit in her teeth and ran with it. We were at 12,500' with the doors off, banked steeply toward Anya's side of the plane, leaving her looking straight down at the ground. Didn't faze her a bit: she had a camera in her hands and was intent on making the most of it. That girl will go far.

[edit for TOPP: old-school cowling of the Wright Whirlwind on an old Travel Air]



JWilsonphoto
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stevez wrote:
JWilsonphoto wrote:
Hey Guys, I never thought of it til now, but how was the Blad presentation at ISAP? Obviously not terribly impressive, or one of you would have said something. Maybe it's just the thought of spending a 100K to shoot with something 4 MP larger than the D800 that turned you off. Never saw an image, never heard a peep from us, or Blad about the experience, interesting.


I was underwhelmed.

Now, I don't have a lot to go on, because all I got to do was hold one in my hands for a minute or two in the meeting room. But compared to the old Blad gear the one I handled felt cheap, like they put it together from a bunch of plastic parts. The reps did nothing to sell me on it, either: it was like, Hey, we're Hasselblad and you're just a 35mm guy who wouldn't understand. Sad, really.

On the field day at Paine FIeld, the reps were having, well, a field day, shooting air-to-air from the B-25 and generally looking like they were enjoying themselves. But they didn't give a talk in the symposium and I doubt very much that they sold any gear.


Interesting Zim. There were two Blad employees that I really hit it off with decades ago, the first was Professor Ernst Wildi, Blad photographer of historical proportions and writer of all the manuals, hard cover books, etc. The second guy was my rep, Rob Logan. Rob was just a wonderful person, no hype or arrogance to either of those gentleman. They were there to support their loyal Blad customers and that they did. I put two Halliburton cases in the lake during a sailing regatta years ago. The new SuperWide had just been released and Rob had gotten me the first one to enter the US. Three 500 C/M's and a host of lenses, along with my new SW spent about an hour in a boat that had a waterline slightly above it's deck line. We had gone in to lunch at the yacht club, returned to the dock an hour later for the next race, but found an odd sight. The four mooring ropes were taught and disappeared into the murky lake. Our "water to water" platform was at the wrong end of the ropes. Halliburton cases are a lot of things, but water proof doesn't happen to be one of them. When they pulled my two big Halli's out of the boat, water poured out the hinges that ran along the back of them. I took that as a bad sign.

I finished the race work with 35mm Nikon gear and called Rob on my way home. He told me to put all the bodies and lenses in a cooler filled with clean water and bring them to the Blad service center in Dallas. He then called the director of the facility, it was a Sunday, and asked if he'd meet me there. Fast forward..... the director had two techs come in as well and we all stood looking into three coolers filled with clear water and Hasselblads. A day later, the verdict was in, all that gear had become property of The Hartford.

I didn't have a 4x5 then, so all my architecture and most of my annual report work was shot on my Blads, the SW being the primary architectural tool. Competitive Camera was more than happy to rush order all the 500 bodies, backs and lenses, but I had sunk the only SW in the country, and it wasn't coming back. I was out of the architectural business, and had work coming out my ears, it was the 80's the Reagan years, and business was great.

Lo and behold, my phone rings and it's Professor Ernst. He introduces himself in a thick German accent and proceeds to explain that he is in Goteborg Sweden, at Hasselblad. He tells me that he has Blad building me a new SW, but in the interim he has already overnighted his personal brand spanking new Super Wide for me to use until my new one arrives. Rob had called Ernst and told him of my plight, and Ernst jumped on it. I shot with The Professor's SW for a month, until my new Blad arrived. Ernst, Rob and I became fast friends through all of that and our friendship endured.

So Zim, you and I are of the same opinion. "Real" Hasselblads are no longer. One only has to pick a new one up (as you so accurately described) to realize that they have been supplanted with plastic bits and pieces and lenses not befitting the Ziess moniker. And, it appears, they are being marketed by people too impressed with themselves to care if anyone buys their product. Eastman Kodak implemented a marketing plan very similar to that years ago. I got to witness a bit of the result of that when I photographed all their Gulfstreams for a broker.

Too bad. I do have one Hasselblad left, the shiny 500 C/M that God gave me, sitting on a shelf at HQ. It has worked hard, and well, and it has served as a constant reminder for three decades, through thick and thin, of the promise "For I know I have plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 And that He has.

Guess we'll stick with our meager 35mm gear and let the esoteric breath the rarified air, huh? Until there is no more.



Tim Adams
Registered: Jan 01, 2004
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1956 C/G



PDumm
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JWilsonphoto wrote:
"For I know I have plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 And that He has.



Thanks Jim, I needed that after today



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
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stevez wrote:
Jeff W. wrote:
A minor tribute to the newest addition to the royal family



I absolutely love your re-processed stormscape, Jeff. But this one looks a tad overcooked to me, almost like it was faked.


Thanks for the input Steve. I always appreciate solid C&C; it is how an old guy like me learns and improves. Dramatic scenes like that stormscape create difficult decisions for me during PP. It is a thin line that I can easily trip over in trying to convey the mood - going from subtle to burnt. I'm still playing with it as I think it might be a good candidate for a print using the Piezography process.



Jeff W.
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Tim Adams wrote:
1956 C/G


Talk about a ride in a time machine. You just took me back 40+ years Tim - thank you



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