Thursday, June 30, 2011

Flying Camel

There's a new beastie in town! This is a Sopwith Camel, built by Russ Turner from one of the Airdrome kits.

I shot the pictures above from the back seat of this lovely Aeronca Champion, flown by Russ's buddy Roger. Thanks, Roger!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Reklaw postcard 2011

I am delighted that one of my images has been chosen for the Reklaw Fly-In postcard, for the second year in a row!

If you're on the Reklaw mailing list, look for this in your mailbox soon :-)

Friday, June 17, 2011

San Diego #2

There's a little airfield on top of a cliff, north of the city. It is for paragliders and model aircraft. Here's a few shots from this location.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

San Diego

So this weekend past, I was in San Diego for the International Society of Aviation Photography's annual symposium. This was very cool indeed; we had some great speakers and a wonderful field trip day.

Alan flew out and joined me on Saturday; he also has a conference in town this week. This meant we got to spent the Sunday together, which was even cooler!

We took a brief tour around the city in the morning, before meeting up with some old friends of Alan's from long ago, which involved quite a lot of beer ;-)

I was all fired up from being at a photography conference, and quite taken with all the bold shapes and colours around the city. So here's some various views:


We went to Galveston a few weeks back for the Air Race, but this post is about the houses and harbour instead.

Galveston has a fabulous historic district. We spent some time looking around the houses, both on a casual walking-to-the-pub basis, and as part of the organised tour that was running the weekend we visited. Too bad you couldn't take photos inside the houses as they were magnificent, but I understand for both privacy and practicality, this was not possible. Anyway, here's a selection of houses.

A resident :-)

We also spent a little time around the waterside, both the evening before the race and during the day.
Below is the tall ship Elissa, which was built in Scotland, and is the namesake of one of Saint Arnold's finest beers:

Galveston is known for building and reparing oil rigs. There are usually one or two in port.

Dawn at the beach in front of our hotel.

One of the air race turn points was on the end of a five mile long spit of land, popular with fishermen. Many large shipping vessels passed by here, and there are lots of pelicans, herons and gulls.

This is a car carrier; it can take over 5,000 cars at a time.

Galveston is very nice. Visit if you can!