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Potomac Eagles

December 14th, 2014 · General

A few nice shots from this morning down near the Leesylvania State Park near where I live in Woodbridge, VA.

Not a bad hour or two. It was Adult Swim time by the river – Mama and Papa, no young eagles around. Papa, I’m pretty certain it was, did not like my presence so he took off. I followed him to another favorite spot and ALMOST had him with the moon right behind him when….whoosh, off he took again…missed the shot. All in all though, a nice morning.

You may have noticed I sometimes like to offset the principle focus of the image off to one side, especially if it is a bird or some other “live” thing. That is a thing I like to do – sort of give the subject room to move, or the perception thereof. In short, its done on purpose. I don’t know if that adds or detracts from the image to you, the viewer, but there you have it.

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Murmuration

November 7th, 2014 · General

Mur`mur`a´tion,  noun;  a flock of starlings.

A flock of tens of thousands of starlings all flying together in a huge clouds, wheeling, turning and swooping in unison in formations.  I caught these pictures down on Neabsco Creek this morning and a few weeks ago.  Really is spectacular, and this is a small one!

I’m hoping to get some better shots of this incredible sight in the morning.  You can hear these birds, early before sunrise, in the marshy areas around Neabsco Creek here near Woodbridge, VA.  Right around when the sun comes up, off they go.

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T-28 Trojan

October 5th, 2014 · General

The Navy’s primary trainer aircraft in the 1950s,   My dad had some flights in this type aircraft – telling me of its fairly high altitude capabilities for a prop of its type – up to the mid 30,000 feet range – and how it had speed brakes, again a rare thing for a prop aircraft.  I took this shot at the Georgetown, Delaware Wings and Wheels fly in.

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This particular aircraft is based out of Chesterfield, VA.  I need to get better at meeting and chatting with the aircrew so I can tell you about them.  I was negligent this time…*sigh*.

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What To Do

October 3rd, 2014 · General

Well, I just renewed the Instapinch for another year.  Not certain why.  The advance of Facebook and Twitter and other forms of social yakking has really cut into the motivation to keep a blog going.  When I retired from the Navy reserves in 2010 that was the first big hit – no more “insider baseball” stuff to pass on, and no more trips to the ships in Norfolk or Oceana or any other cool “Navy – things” places to write about.

You all know I like to post photos with my writings, and that is sort of what this has become, albeit not that often, sadly.

The other thing is 90% of the comments are now spam and I don’t know how to stop that.  I’ve upgraded the spam filter to the latest version, but many still make their way onto the comment list.

I’d love to get this back up on some kind of step, though.  Any ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions? Recommendations?  Pure photo blog? More discussions on political or national security or international events discussions?

I dunno.  Let me know what you think.

In the meantime, here’s a shot of Andrew McKenna taking off in his T-6 Texan at Leesburg last weekend.  I’m getting better taking these shots – big learning curve.

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Thunderbird Opposing Solo Pass

August 29th, 2014 · General

From the Atlantic City Air Show a few weeks ago.  I think this shot could not be much better.  Aviation photographers try for a lifetime to nail the timing on this – I managed to suitcase it the first time I ever saw these guys.

Pure luck!  Indeed, trhough, I did get exactly what I was trying to get, but it was more luck than pure preparation.

More to come.

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Remembering

July 14th, 2014 · General

WW 2 Airshow Weekend, Reading, PA.

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Happy In A TBF Avenger

July 13th, 2014 · General

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Acadia Photos

June 29th, 2014 · General

My friend Storm asked if I had any other photos of Acadia University they might use for the yearbook.  I came up with these, Storm.  Let me know if any tickle anyone’s fancy.  Also, Storm, I can make any of these black and white or aged or most any other look if you’d like to see those :)

Don’t know if a pano works, but I like this one (Click on any of the images twice for larger versions).

 

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Hornet Final Checker GoPro!

June 17th, 2014 · General

Pretty cool!  Hornet final checker with a Go-Pro on his helmet.

 

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Wildcat over Guadalcanal

June 9th, 2014 · General

Well, not really.  FM-2 Wildcat flown by Greg Shelton flies past re-enactors at the WW2 Airshow this past weekend in Reading, PA (Carl Spaatz Field).  Great time.

I ran it thru an aged filter in Lightroom.  Looks kinda cool!

Here’s one with a bit of color.  Beautiful airplane (and yes, that IS a 48-star flag you see).

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