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Photowalking…

© Copyright 2012, Robert D Barrett

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything here as there has been alot going on since my father’s passing. I found that he read a book called “The Shack” and so I read it also. That was a wonderful book. You can find out about it by clicking the link over on the right over there.
I finally saw a shot I wanted to take and actually woke up early and decided to go and get it. My problem has been not stopping when I see it, and just taking the time. I really needed a break (another post) and so I woke up at 6:00am just to go and try and take the picture I wanted to take.

Exposure is hard to figure out sometimes and you just have to play it by ear. The shot I wanted was the sun coming up. Before it got bright — when it’s a big orange ball peeking over the horizon. This is what I got:

© Copyright 2012, Robert D Barrett, Sunrise

Sunrise was beautiful. It was a quiet Saturday morning that I was able to get the day off for. No traffic. No hour long commute. So I decided to tinker around with exposure because it was giving me fits.  Either the sun would be right and field black, or the sky would be washed out and the field looked right.  It’s a difficult shot – one I’m sure I have to learn more about.
© Copyright 2012, Robert D Barrett, Morning

So I decided to drive the airport near where I live and see what I could see that I wanted to take photographs of. I had my coffee with me and a few minutes of the sun coming up and I wanted to see what I could find.

I found a classic 1951 Beech C35 basking in the early morning light peeking out from under his covers;

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Sweet little plane – manufactured in the day they thought everyone was going to be able to own a plane of their own. Take the family on trips and save the airfare.

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I loved the way the rising sun reflected off the windows of the old “ICAN Aviation” hangar. The tires – the texture of the sides of the building with the smooth, now orange, glass.

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I found an old desk chair in the parking lot that looked a little out of place…so I took a picture of it. (You never know – someone may need a photo of a chair in an airport parking lot). Reminds of an Army Term I used to use: “Chairborne Ranger” – that was me.

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Silhouettes are fun. I just like the sun coming up when it’s just bright enough to look at without being blinded. Though looking at the sun through a camera lens (translated magnifying glass) is not really a good idea.

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Then I stumbled upon an Airstream trailer. Something about the shiney, chrome, lookin’ things that just looks cool. They reflect everything. So I leave you with a classic looking trailer.

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I love photography and take pictures of everything. I find a picture in just about half of everything I look at. I’m still learning post processing techniques to make the photographs look cool. I think a classic look to classic airplane is just perfect.

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Well, I’m off in search of more photos to take so thank you for taking the time to stop by and look around.

Peace, Love, and the Classics,

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Fort Worth Alliance Air Show…

I had a great time at the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth on Sunday, October 23, 2011. Unfortunately the show was rained out due to overnight rains washing out the overflow parking areas. I totally understand the difficult decision that was made to cancel the show in the interest of safety. I’m happy that I was able to view some of the static displays and photograph some of the aircraft departing.

It all started for me at 6:45a.m. in the fog as the rain was creeping out of the area. I loved the way the tower looked there in the fog while I was waiting for the gate to open for the photo tour.

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The gates opened and we were able to park in the lot designated for the photo tour folks. It was grassy and very muddy – hence is why I understand they cancelled because folks could slide around and get stuck possibly hurting themselves not to mention hitting other cars. It all worked out in the end – no injuries – a couple of vehicles were pulled or pushed out.

Anyway – I was able to walk around photograph some of the displays:

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The Thunderbirds were parked on the ramp – though I was so disappointed that they wouldn’t be flying that day.

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One of the awesome things that happened that day was a security policeman racing an F-16 departing back to Oklahoma – (The F-16 won of course, but the four wheeler did a great job)

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Though the Thunderbirds did not fly there was an older version of a Thunderbird (privately owned I believe) that made a few passes and made for some wonderful photographs.

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For the most part the rest of the short day was watching departures and the Thunderbirds being towed over to another parking area for a later departure. If you love aircraft then it was a day well spent – then the 3 hour drive back to Georgetown for some much needed sleep. Here a few more shots for your enjoyment.

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I just wanted to thank the Marines, who after watching us photographers without a show took the time to give us a couple of passes and a wing-waggle in that awesome V-22 Osprey. It was VERY much appreciated!

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God Bless our troops and men and women in uniform around the world. Also the wonderful people at the Alliance Air Show that do their very best to put on a great day of adventure.

Peace, Love, and Long Live Air Shows!,

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Acts of Kindness…

I just had to share this story because, well, it just restores my faith in the world.

I also just wanted to say God Bless Southwest Airlines for the caliber of pilots and employees they have on their staff.

© copyright 2010, Robert D. Barrett

Imagine being a greiving grandfather trying to catch a flight to see your grandson one last time. The line getting through security is stupidly long and you fear there is no way you are going to make your flight.

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I don’t want to ruin the story so I’ll place the link here for you all. I just had to share this with you because of what this pilot did!

Click the following: Southwest Pilot Holds Flight…

Peace, Love, and Friendly Skies,

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Flying Machines…

I’ve noticed that most of the aircraft around our municipal airport are squeeky clean. I’ve thought about how a 1959 Beechcraft K35 could look as good as it did in the showroom over 50 years ago.

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And yet, when I see a slightly newer, (1980ish), Canadair CL-600 tucked away in a corner between two buildings – seemingly neglected, it saddens me.

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I wonder if it’s down for repairs. Or maybe just being stored. Even worse maybe a toy that’s been cast aside for something better. (My kids do that – Get them the latest and greatest Christmas gift and 3 weeks later it’s forgotten.)

Planes are extremely expensive to purchase and maintain. Hard to believe this work of art is just sitting here. Just making me think, I guess.

Peace, Love, and Plane Spotting,

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Still Dreaming…

I still dream of flying one day. Every time I get close something else happens. For now I’ll just photograph the objects of my dreams.

I just really wish I could spend more time “up there”.

I’ve taken a ‘discovery’ flight or two. The adrenalin rush lasts for weeks. I just need to figure out how to get money to learn the rest of it and get a license.

I’m off to work now. I’ll keep dreaming.

Peace, Love and Clouds,

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Airports…

I love aircraft and airports. I love flying. I love watching them. Almost like watching birds just twice as noisey.  I like trucks also – but I have to tell you I have a TON of respect for anyone that can guide a 747 around a taxiway.

China Bound © 2010, Robert Barrett

Technology is amazing. How something that big can even fly. I sat and watched the hussle and bussle for quite awhile. 

 Founders Plaza, © 2010, Robert Barrett 

At DFW Founder’s Plaza people come to plane spot, take their kids to watch airplanes, hang out, and listen to Air Traffice Control.  I had a great day picking up my nephew and stopping by Founders Plaza and watching the comings and goings.

Arrival, © 2010, Robert Barrett

Departure, © 2010, Robert Barrett

The aircraft seemed to be mostly American Airlines (After all, Dallas is their major hub), but occasionally you’d catch a Mexicana Airbus or other airline from around the world.

Mexicana Airbus, © 2010, Robert Barrett

I wish I could have stayed there much longer. Next time I have the gas and time I may just spend a whole day there just to see what I can see.

It may seem boring to most. But I’ve always dremt of flying. Someday I will. I’m still saving to try and get a private pilot’s license.

Peace, Love, and Blue Skies,

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