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Terry writes: “Photography really is a moment of opportunity. I was in my garden on Sunday taking a shot of the bamboo and trying to capture the mood of the sky. I put my camera in the house, and just was sitting relaxing in the Garden when I could hear a distant engine sound getting closer. I looked out and along came this Goodyear blimp. I rushed in, grabbed my camera and rattled off these shots. The sky had changed to clear blue and it was just perfect timing.”
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Dave writes: “The Sea Dart graces the entrance to the San Diego Aerospace Museum, which is right under the approach to Lindburg Field, hence the dotted lines.”
Photographed October 2002. According to a Wikipedia article, it could attain Mach 1, but only in a shallow dive. Interesting story on that page about why the Navy was interested in supersonic craft that didn’t land on carriers …
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First of all, you can find the entire gallery of these photos by Dave on this link to Shutterfly. They are dramatic, the resolution is great, and colors are terrific.
Dave has been busy shooting helicopters and dragonflies. The chopper in the top photo bears the distinctive markings of the US Coast Guard. Regarding the bottom photo, Dave writes: “I was shooting the copter working a local (a bit TOO local for comfort) brush fire when this bug flew past. Try to stage THAT one!”
“The photos were taken by the dinky little Sony DSC-W70 Cybershot, usually on full optical zoom (only 3X). Some of them I then cropped, in the camera, to the final size. And some were just, ah, CLOSE. The amazing thing to me was that, after dozens of these shots, and a hundred or so full-res shots already in the camera, I took maybe 15 minutes of video of the planes. The video is choppy, but the sound, through the PC speakers, is just amazing! Memory card is 2 gig, and now they have 4 gig cards!”
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True to a longstanding tradition on this site, Dave Norton presents two fine “aviation greats” photos, and we leave it to you to identify them. Shot at the San Diego Aerospace Museum with a Sony DSC-W70. The images link to high quality downloadable 1024×768 desktop-size JPG images. We will post answers to the aircraft identities eventually.
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Helicopter. This photograph was shot with the 70-300mm Nikkor lens I also bought with the D70s. Exposure was at full 300mm zoom, 1/400, F/5.6, auto-ISO. This was a lucky shot as you do not get a lot of time with choppers passing overhead, I would guess, at about 1000 feet.
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