New Catch

When i go plane spotting, one thing that i hope for is to be able to catch something new.

Whether it’s a new type of aircraft or a new airline, seeing something new makes an afternoon plane spotting all that much more special.

On my last outing, i was able to catch two new airlines that i have never seen before.  Well, actually, one of them really isn’t an airline per se.

One of the aircraft that i caught, is a company aircraft (Glencore Canada) and is one of my favourite types to catch: the old 737-200 series.

This particular 737-200 has the gravel kit installed, which makes it even more unique.

Photos taken with the Nikon D2X and the Nikkor 70-300mm VR G.

Who dares wins.

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A Little Walk On The Mountain

It has been quite some time since i posted here.  As a matter of fact, my last post was on New Year’s day!  Therefore, it’s time for me to get back into a routine of posting at least a few times a week again.

Personally, i am not to crazy about shooting in the winter.  Aside from it being cold outside, everything is a bit grey and somber, unlike all the color that one can find in the summer time.

That’s just me though.

Outdoor conditions should not stop anyone – including me – from going outside with their camera and taking photographs.  Though, i am more inclined to go outside if it is sunny, like yesterday.

The above shots were taken with the Nikon D2x and the Nikkor 70-300mm VR G.

While we were up at the look out, i took the opportunity to take a succession of photos in order to stitch them together to make a panorama.  However, i think i may have started a little too far to the left with this one.

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Keep in mind, if you are going to take a succession of photos to stitch into a panorama, taking vertical (portrait oriented) shots is the best way to go.  This gives you plenty of room at the head and foot of your photos when you crop afterwards.

Furthermore, always overlay your photos by about 20-30%.  If you do this, your stitching software will have an easier time blending the photos and your panorama will come out much better.

FYI: this post took more than eight hours to post.  My modem seems to be acting up; therefore, my ISP is sending me a new one and i hope the issue will be resolved.

Who dares wins.

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Low Light With The Beast

Since I bought my D2X this summer, I had not really tested it in any lowlight situations.

Being a 12 year old camera, I obviously knew that it would not perform as well in low light as my X-Pro1; however, it certainly did not disappoint.

While in Ottawa the other day, I pulled out the D2X to take some interior shots of Saint Patrick’s Basilica.  I set the ISO at 800 (I tried a few shots at H 0.3) and opened my lens as wide as it would go at 70mm, which was f/4.5.

VR is a wonderful technological advantage and it assisted me greatly in getting sharp photos, even down to shutter speeds of 1/13 of a second.

I can only imagine that I would have a much easier time taking low light photos with a much faster lens, like the 35mm f/1.8 for example.  I will definitely have to look out for a good used copy.

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Afternoon Plane Spotting

It has been a while since i did some plane spotting, so i took advantage of the great weather we had today and made my way up to the airport.

Finally, they have 55th Ave. going north under Cote de Liesse, set up for two-way traffic again.  Hopefully, one day, that overpass will be torn down and rebuilt.  I won’t hold my breath though.

Sunday’s before noon is pretty quiet at the airport, so i did not stay long.  However, i was able to get some shots of aircraft that i have never seen before.

All photos taken with the D2x and the Nikkor 70-300 VR G.

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Flying on one engine!

It’s a very windy day today, so i had some aircraft come over head in order to land on 10-28 at YUL.

As i was taking a photo of an incoming Dash 8 Q400, i noticed something wasn’t right:  the aircraft’s left engine was not running!


Despite this not being a dire situation, i am sure there was some nervous passengers on this flight.

Photo taken with the Nikon D2x and the Nikkor 70-300mm VR G.

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