Archive for the ‘Aerobatics’ Category

 

I have quite a few photos that would have worked nicely for the Word a Week Photo Challenge – Carry but none grabbed me in the same way that the photos of this daredevil did. This daredevil is a woman who got on to the wings of the plane at the beginning of the performance (i.e., after the plane was in the air), which occur a few years ago at the Experimental Aircraft Association Annual Fly-in. Our daredevil stayed on the wings of the plane while it carried her through stunts that included a loop with a vertical climb, flying upside down (she was clearly attached firmly to the plane) and a rapid decent and fairly sharp pull up that must have had a “g” effect that added quite a bit of temporary new weight to her. The more distant images are not as clear as I would like, but the action was quite a distance away. I hope you enjoy this set of images of a plane carrying a daredevil on its wings. By the way, this activity is known as Wing Walking. For the life of me I cannot remember the name of these folks so that I can give them appropriate credit.

EAA-431 (Daredevil)  EAA-Stunt Lady (Daredevil))-4-2

EAA-421(Woman on Wing of Plan-1)-2 EAA-431 (Daredevil)-2-2

EAA-431 (Daredevil)-2-2

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Patterns 826 - July 11, 2012

As my second post to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns, I wanted to offer a more graceful pattern. Here is a photo from a performance of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, which is akin to the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron.

I have had this blog for less than one year and recently I posted my 365th post so I decided to memorialize the occasion. Point-of-View.com has been pretty difficult for me. I suffer from a chronic disease that makes it hard to concentrate and to stay focused and I am often in pain and quite tired (thus the “fog”). When I started this blog I had no idea how much energy it would take and what a challenge it was going to be (thus the “war”).

I started this photo blog in part because the writing that used to come so easily to me now comes slowly and messily like the last bits of toothpaste squeezed out of the tube. Until relatively recently, I was able to work at least part-time in the career I had long pursued (I was an attorney working with intellectual property and technology law). That work is no longer available to me because it requires more energy, a better memory, and greater nimbleness of mind than I currently possess. I tell my friends that I am not dumber, but I am slower.

During the early days of my illness, boredom was a constant companion. Then, a few years ago, my wife bought me a new camera. While I had always enjoyed photography, suddenly I had a lot of time available in which to pursue it. So off I went on a photo binge. Many of my photos are taken of things very close to home – typically in our yard or neighborhood; indeed I have a category in my blog for “Photos Taken within 100 Meters of Our Home.” Many others are taken on the way to visit or at my in-laws. (My wife has a great family!)

As the years went by and the shutter clicked, hundreds and then thousands of images filled up space on my hard drive(s) and I began to think about sharing my photos. I am and always will be an amateur photographer. I do not have the energy nor do I have the desire to sell any of my work (although I do donate my work to non-profit auctions and the like).  Eventually I decided to try blogging and started start Points-of-view.com.

Keeping up with this blog has been difficult for me. What has made this easier is that many of you who have visited this blog have been extraordinarily generous with your thoughts about my photos. I am not too proud to admit that when someone says a photo of mine is “stunning” or “wonderful” or “amazing” it makes me feel good. That isn’t the sole reason for the blog, but it sure doesn’t hurt! More important for someone who had spent all too much time just sitting at home is that my blog brought me into a community of people from around the world whose blogging about their lives and travels has made boredom impossible and made frustration, fatigue and pain more bearable. While it is still so very much more difficult to write than it used to be, I have all of the time I want to do it and so it is okay.

This post contains some of my favorite photos from my first 365 posts. When I was looking through the posts to put together this collection, my biggest thought was how thankful I am that I have had this opportunity. Mostly I thank all of the people who have visited my blog. I also want to give a shout out to WordPress because I really doubt I would have had a “Post 366” had I not been blogging with WordPress, which has made setting it up my blog and keeping it going so much easier for me than would otherwise have been the case.

I hope you enjoy this collection.

Flyby

This is a photo of the “Snowbirds” – the aerobatics team of the Royal Canadian Air Force. If this doesn’t symbolize “Which Way,” I’m not sure what does:) and as a result it is my contribution to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge.

Wow. Thanks for this challenge. Sometimes I can’t think of a thing that I can use for a challenge and don’t have time to take the right photo, but this week’s “Sunday Stills Challenge: F is for …” has delivered a market basket of choices of photos containing or about words beginning with “F”. So here we go:

First, let’s look at FLIGHT. For those of us who love nature we have a bald eagle flying down the Wisconsin River Valley.

F is for Flight 3

If you prefer mechanized and somewhat crazy acrobatic flight, you have the Royal Canadian Snowbirds and their jets:

F is for Flight 1

Taking wing from the freedom of flight, we enter the world of fences. Here we have a photo of the fence around the governor’s mansion in Wisconsin. And talk about luck, the photo shows the fenced-in mansion in the fog thus scoring a “twofer” in the world of photo challenges.

F is for Fence in the Fog 2

I have hundreds of flower photos but I feel confident that such photos will be fertile ground for responses to the challenge so I am skipping these. Rather, I will finish with a photo of a local fireworks display (“Fireworks on the 4th,”another “twofer”) followed natural “fireworks” of the type that come with the changes of the season in one of my favorite times of the year: Fall.

F is for Fireworks on the 4th

Fall Tree (Yellow) - October 16, 2010

Air Ballet v2

“Artists, whatever their medium, make selections from the abounding materials of life, and organize these selections into works that are under the control of the artist…. In relation to the inclusiveness and literally endless intricacy of life, art is arbitrary, symbolic and abstracted. That is its value and the source of its own kind of order and coherence.” ~ Jane Jacobs

“[C]omplex aerobatic maneuvers are a test of the pilot’s ability to give multiple control inputs while maintaining orientation in unusual attitudes.” ~ Anthony Romano

My contribution to Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Intricate is a photo of an intricate aerobatics maneuver performed by the Royal Canadian Snowbirds at an air show I attended last summer in Minot, North Dakota. This photo is (obviously) digitally enhanced (principally the color of the smoke emitted). Why? Because the original photo couldn’t capture the drama of the actual performance.  I just started experimenting with this photo, which I retouched using Topaz Lab’s ReStyle Photoshop plugin.  I realize this result may be seen as over-the-top by some, but having this many jets flying very fast in a relatively confined space is pretty darned dramatic. Doing this successfully is a tribute to the training and skill of the pilots. Incidentally, the artists referred to in the first quote are the members of the Snowbird’s team (including all support personnel).