* The Weekly Image Thread 22 07 29 #705 *

Started 4 months ago | Photos
Rich Z
Rich Z Forum Pro • Posts: 16,362
Re: Floatplane

Great pictures, Rich.  Nothing is more fun than flying in a small airplane.  Rich

dt27348
dt27348 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,085
Re: Floatplane

I think I would be a little bit wary of flying in a plane with only one engine and no parachutes Rich.😃

Looks like fun and some great views from the plane.

Dave

 dt27348's gear list:dt27348's gear list
Sony SLT-A65 Olympus E-M1 II Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
meow
meow Veteran Member • Posts: 5,247
Re: Floatplane

dt27348 wrote:

I think I would be a little bit wary of flying in a plane with only one engine and no parachutes Rich.😃

Looks like fun and some great views from the plane.

No reason for you to be afraid. Your kilt will work as a parachute. 🤗

 meow's gear list:meow's gear list
Olympus E-M1 Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 Pro Venus Laowa 7.5mm F2 MFT 7artisans 7.5mm F2.8 Fisheye +2 more
dt27348
dt27348 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,085
Re: Floatplane

On the contrary, the kilt would end up over my head exposing my nether regions. Oh, the embarrassment.

Dave

 dt27348's gear list:dt27348's gear list
Sony SLT-A65 Olympus E-M1 II Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
dt27348
dt27348 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,085
Dunstaffnage

Sunday was a beautiful day for a walk around Dunstaffnage about 2 miles from home where there is a sheltered anchorage, yacht marina and of course a castle.

I walked through the woods.

This was a root ball of a tree that was blown down many years ago. Rain has washed away most of the soil.

A castle to go on the list of potential properties for Charlotte.

The view towards Tralee Bay where there is a large chalet and caravan park.

Unfortunately the weather has deteriorated since Sunday. It has rained every day including today.

Dave

 dt27348's gear list:dt27348's gear list
Sony SLT-A65 Olympus E-M1 II Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
meow
meow Veteran Member • Posts: 5,247
Re: Floatplane

dt27348 wrote:

On the contrary, the kilt would end up over my head exposing my nether regions. Oh, the embarrassment.

Silly! Obviously you need to hold the kilt out! You'll be like a giant flying squirrel soaring down in gentle spirals.🤗

And the world will finally know the answer to the eternal question. 😄

 meow's gear list:meow's gear list
Olympus E-M1 Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 Pro Venus Laowa 7.5mm F2 MFT 7artisans 7.5mm F2.8 Fisheye +2 more
19andrew47
OP 19andrew47 Forum Pro • Posts: 44,501
Re: Dunstaffnage

Good that you had nice weather for your walk Dave.  A lovely view in the first.  Flats in the background for the boaters and perhaps retired crowd.  A beautiful serene scene in the second.  You need a bench there to sit and enjoy it, as long as it is not feeding season!  The forecast here is rain, rain and more rain.  Ten day forecast shows no reprieve but that could change at a whim.

Andrew

EZGritz
EZGritz Senior Member • Posts: 5,132
Re: Floatplane

The probability of being killed in your car is higher. Floatplanes are generally flown over water. If your engine quits you glide down and land in the water. However, I have not been able to find a single case of the engine quitting on a floatplane flight. Additionally, they are very stable and fly smoothly.

We have been flying float planes commercially in Seattle since shortly after the Second World War. I lived here for nearly 20 years and can not remember a single floatplane accident. It is one of the safest ways to travel.

I could only find records of 4 accidents Kenmore Air had in 70 years. In two of four the planes came down in the water and everyone was rescued. The pilot was killed on one flight from low visibility due to heavy fog. There were no passengers. 7 people were killed in an accident in the mountains where was no water to land in.

I could only find one floatplane fatality here in 7 years. That was the pilot on a flight with no passengers. The cause was heavy fog.  I'm going to call that pilot error. You stay on the ground when you can't see, you turn around and land to avoid it. Pilots, unless they are idiots, are in constant contact with each other and ground controllers who know the weather conditions.

ZERO accidents were caused by engine or mechanical failure of any kind. All of the accidents, 100% of the ones I could find were caused by pilot error or visibility/weather which are usually the same thing - bad judgment to be up there. Human error, not because the plane had only one engine.

I feel safer in a single-engine floatplane over water than I do in a car on an American freeway in a densely populated area. Pilots are highly trained and assisted by each other and people on the ground. The idiots are piloting cars.

 EZGritz's gear list:EZGritz's gear list
Olympus E-M5 III OM-1 Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm F8.0 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F1.8 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8 +7 more
meow
meow Veteran Member • Posts: 5,247
Re: Dunstaffnage

Snuffagaga looks like a lovely place. That's some root ball! The castle looks quite manageable and the location is splendid. Is there an elevator though?

 meow's gear list:meow's gear list
Olympus E-M1 Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 Pro Venus Laowa 7.5mm F2 MFT 7artisans 7.5mm F2.8 Fisheye +2 more
19andrew47
OP 19andrew47 Forum Pro • Posts: 44,501
Re: Floatplane

Back in 72- 73 I lived in northern Ontario in a tourist town (summer months only).  A lot of people flew into fishing or hunting camps by float plane.  Two years after we left, a young man that I had taught (a really pleasant lad) was killed in the crash of a small plane.  I had talked to him the summer after we left when we went back to visit some friends we had made there.  I don't know what type of plane Harvey but that left a lasting effect in my mind, perhaps irrationally, but never the less, that effect remains still!

Andrew

EZGritz
EZGritz Senior Member • Posts: 5,132
Re: Floatplane

When it's personal it has impact.

The media ALWAYS publishes stories about crashes. It's their business to keep us reading so they can sell advertising. They never publish reports of successful flights, millions of them. That isn't exciting news. Nobody will read it.

In 1990 I had a 10 PM ticket on a commuter flight from Seattle to the Tri-Cities area in Eastern Washington. Twin engine 17 passenger turboprop. We had a thermal inversion over Mt. Rainier. That means it's colder at lower elevations. It's usually colder at higher elevations.

It was raining at higher elevations, freezing rain and sleet at lower elevations. When the plane came down the wings iced and lost lift. It pancaked on landing, broke apart, exploded and burned to the ground. No survivors. I saw it on the 11 PM news. I had the ticket in my hand. I wasn't feeling well that day so I decided to go the following morning. It shook me up but lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place.

My flight flew right over the crash site at low altitude as we came in for landing. There was nothing left but burned runway. Whatever remained of the plane and its contents was brushed off the runway. I swallowed hard but I did not expect my flight to crash. It didn't.

I think a fear of flying is healthy. There is a degree of danger in everything, even lying in bed. Lying in bed isn't so much fun though. I try to put on a rational spin and get on with it. Odds being what they are, fear of flying, even in a small single-engine plane is a phobia but lots of people have it.

 EZGritz's gear list:EZGritz's gear list
Olympus E-M5 III OM-1 Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm F8.0 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F1.8 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8 +7 more
Rich Z
Rich Z Forum Pro • Posts: 16,362
Re: Dunstaffnage

A lovely day, Dave. I like the last one best. I wish we had some of your excess rain as we burn again this summer. The current fires are a long way from here, 100 miles NE.

You should consider a castle with a moat for Charlotte. That's because a moat can work both ways. I'd include alligators, and a perimeter of thistles, too.       Rich

Rich Z
Rich Z Forum Pro • Posts: 16,362
Flowers

I've been experimenting with color temperature with my new light.  It adjusts from 2500° K. to 8500.  If you are not constrained by reality the effect of varying the light temperature is entertaining.  I am experimenting in low light so the effect of my light is more pronounced.

All of these with MZ 12-100 and the LCD constant light.  Most are focus stacked, which is much easier with constant light than with flash.

Pretty and pungent.

A sad old geriatric rose.

This one's a hospital rose with windows behind.  I stuffed in a sky.

That's all.  Rich

meow
meow Veteran Member • Posts: 5,247
Re: Flowers

Looks good. How to you handle the light panel? Do you bring some kind of tripod or do you just handhold it and handle the camera with one hand?

I've bought a little light too. Not as potent as yours, but stronger than the ones I bought earlier and good enough to lighten shadows in daylight. It was on sale and cost next to nothing and will do for learning.

 meow's gear list:meow's gear list
Olympus E-M1 Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 Pro Venus Laowa 7.5mm F2 MFT 7artisans 7.5mm F2.8 Fisheye +2 more
19andrew47
OP 19andrew47 Forum Pro • Posts: 44,501
Re: Flowers

All nicely done Rich.  The fourth is a real beauty!!!  A lot of plants on sale here now.  Perhaps I should go looking for some roses for another try.  Also, some more day lilies might be in order but we could split some stands and repopulate some areas where the daffodils grow in 'spring'.  Not sure how that would work out but the daffodils bloom before the day lilies are very big so it might work out.

The dahlias we planted must have been 'miniatures' because they are not very large.  They are annuals here unless we dig them up and take them inside for over wintering.

Shamefully I have never really used the light I bought other than the one time.  I charged it up about a week ago but I have been busy with some physical labour cleaning up some areas inside and out and have not much energy left for other things when I am 'spent'.

Newfoundland is getting closer.  I don't want to get my hopes up to much as a significant number of flights have been cancelled here by various air lines.  Also, there is always the possibility of getting the vid!  We are looking forward to it though so I hope it happens.  50 years this year so something special is in order.

Andrew

Rich Z
Rich Z Forum Pro • Posts: 16,362
Re: Flowers

I don't want to hand hold the light, Charlotte.  Old shoulders get sore.  The light came with a tiny ball head which locks into the shoe and threads into the light frame on both the long sides or the short sides.  I've been using it above the shoe.  For very close work the lens shadows some of the light, so I got an articulating arm 19 cm long which puts the light at the end of the lens.  The light is 8x16 cm.  I just got the arm and extra ball joints today and just finished putting it together.  It looks like something from a 1950s science fiction movie.  I need low light to try it and the fog has quit.  I'll have to wait until tomorrow evening.  Rich

Rich Z
Rich Z Forum Pro • Posts: 16,362
Re: Flowers

Thanks, Andrew.  Yellow, pink and red, that rose is striking every year.  I was at the garden store to shoot koi on Tuesday and got some flowers there, too.

Day lilies make great subjects for pictures.  I was in a rut when the flowers started blooming.  I decided to learn more about artificial light photography outdoors.  I made it complicated with new equipment on purpose.  I don't want my brain ossifying due to disuse in old age.  I'll make a picture of my new rig (it will make you laugh) with a 7.5 inch articulating arm from the shoe to the end of the 12-100 holding the light.  This will prevent shadows from the lens when up close....according to my precise calculations. 

I sure hope you make it to Newfoundland, too.  It will be nice for you two to celebrate half a century.  And I look forward to the pictures and ribald stories of your libertine adventures.      Rich

dt27348
dt27348 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,085
Re: Dunstaffnage

Thanks Andrew. There's a warning of possible water shortages in the east of Scotland but no such warning here in the west. However it's a myth that residents have webbed feet. Honest!😊

Dave

 dt27348's gear list:dt27348's gear list
Sony SLT-A65 Olympus E-M1 II Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
dt27348
dt27348 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,085
Re: Dunstaffnage

Sorry Charlotte, no lift. Surely a rough, tough Viking doesn't need such a thing.

Dave

 dt27348's gear list:dt27348's gear list
Sony SLT-A65 Olympus E-M1 II Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
dt27348
dt27348 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,085
Re: Dunstaffnage

Thanks Rich. The world's natural resources seem to have been poorly allocated at times.

I think Charlotte's curiosity about what's under a Scotsman's kilt would keep her distracted. Or get her arrested.😄

Dave

 dt27348's gear list:dt27348's gear list
Sony SLT-A65 Olympus E-M1 II Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Panasonic 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads