October 19, 2010

Stealth Chinook Helicopter

Ok, so I was out this evening trying (and failing) once again to snare a good image of Jupiter.  (And a few more of the moon).  When the telltale Whaumpa Whaumpla sound of a CH-47 Chinook grew from the din.

As most of you who know helicopters are familiar that blade slap echoes like a chili tasters convention in the Grand Canyon and trying to find the bird is brutal, initially.  But then there he was, so I pointed the Nikon at him and snapped the image… completely forgetting that I had the exposure set for the moon.  So my resulting image was thus:

Chinook normal exposure

Seriously, that was what I got in the camera.  The inside of Pelosi’s heart. Then in Adobe Camera Raw I moved many of the sliders to their max:

  • Exposure to +4
  • Recovery to 100
  • Fill – 0
  • Blacks –0
  • Brightness to +4
  • Contract to +42
  • Clarity to +16

And low… the Mystery Noise Maker materialized…

Chinook Adobe Raw

Ah the powers of digital photography… yeah not worthy of the cover of Aviation Week… but pretty cool none the less!

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October 16, 2010

Now that’s a Different Perspective

Hmmm, jumping out of a perfectly good airplane has never quite been my cup of Joe, and after watching this, it looks a little more like work than one is oft lead to believe… But… It still looks like a smidge of fun is in there too!

Nice Targeting…

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August 29, 2010

Airplane Petting Zoo and Rodeo Jeffco Airport 2010

Went to the Airplane Petting Zoo and Rodeo today at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (Formerly Jeffco Airport).

Thought you might like some of the captures…


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July 31, 2010

Don’t see that every day…

I was out tool’n around in the roadster today when I looked up and saw this… Actually there were 6 of them, but when zoomed I could only frame 4.

squadron     squadron over littleton3

Not sure what they were, closest image I could capture and still I’m in the fuzz.  Look like fighters (but have no clue if F-22’s, F-15’s of F-16’s) that were transcon-ing.  Still… not something you see everyday over Littleton Colorado.


Oh… and I did take a photo the other direction too…

denver bw

Ginger?  She was more interested in the Fauna…

Gin Fauna

Have a nice Saturday…

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June 11, 2010

Man!… It’s gotta smell bad in there.

Red Bull Air Racer, Matt Hall, had a bit of a problem with his airplane hydroplaning a bit. 

Over “G” Stall at low altitude… not a good result.

For any of you who ever wanted to know why a flight suit is sometimes referred to as a “Poopy Suit”… well there you go.

Pretty sure he doesn’t need a Red Bull to provide him with an adrenalin boost for awhile.


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April 24, 2010

Sweet Home Sandy Eggo


Dawn broke on Friday, and I found myself back in my favorite places, San Diego.  Ginger and I are here for a special dedication of an A-6A on board the USS Midway by the Squadron Members of VA-115 “Arabs” in the name of Mike McCormick and Alan Clark, the last two Intruder Aviators killed in action during the Vietnam War.


For as solemn of an event as this sounds, it certainly affords all of the squadron mates of 115 to rejoin from the corners of the nation for a great time of comrade and remembrance.  This is a great group of folks!  Loving, caring, supportive, fun!  And the stories to hear! 

I’ll be posting more on the dedication over at Tailhook this week.  So keep your eyes there as well for the details.

As for the rest of this weekend, Ginger and I are playing tourist!  Between obligations yesterday, Ginger and I headed to probably one of the best seafood places in San Diego… Point Loma Seafood, for a great serving of Swordfish Tacos and a fresh Alaskan Halibut sandwich… mmmm… mmmmm.

Gin had some school work to finish up (no rest for the Master’s student), so I took the opportunity to walk a few miles along the embarcadero looking for a few photo ops.  Snapped a few that I’ll be sure to post shortly.


Last evening we were invited to rejoin the Arabs, for a cocktail gathering at the Se San Diego.  Again an incredible get together to share stories, jokes, remembrances.  Just being allowed to interlope among these heroic individuals is a privilege I do not take lightly.

Today, we’re off to the Zoo.  Even having lived here for a great portion of my life, I visited the zoo rarely, and the last time I was there was probably 25+ years ago, so I’m looking forward to that.

More to come…

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April 16, 2010

Red Bull Air Racer Smacks the Water… Lives!

In Perth Australia, Red Bull Air Racer had a bit of a scare when his plane impacted the Swan River.

Rescue crews were “Johnny on the Spot” in the water in under 60 seconds to help the downed pilot.

More here.

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April 14, 2010

Smug… even in the presence of an American Hero


Granted, as a photographer I am well aware that an instant in time is no measure of the whole, and often these instantaneous snaps can be as misleading as a campaign promise.  But to me and millions of Americans this image sums up our opinion of the President of the United States. 

In the Bush years we were barraged with quips comments and imagery of GWB’s arrogance and “Cowboy” attitude.  The outrage of the left was palpable, as they felt that President’s attitude posed a danger to the World.

Today, the right is outraged by the arrogance of the “Community Organizer – Pop-culture Iconic – City Slicker – socialist” as they feel this President’s attitude poses a danger to the United States. 

In case you do not recognize the better man in this image, because he is notorious for keeping a humbly low profile, it is Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon.

Well it turns out Neil along with Jim Lovell, and Gene Cernan are not happy with the President’s new policy of emasculation of the US Manned Space Program.

"…It appears that we will have wasted our current ten plus billion dollar investment in Constellation and, equally importantly, we will have lost the many years required to recreate the equivalent of what we will have discarded.

For The United States, the leading space faring nation for nearly half a century, to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future, destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature. While the President's plan envisages humans traveling away from Earth and perhaps toward Mars at some time in the future, the lack of developed rockets and spacecraft will assure that ability will not be available for many years.

Without the skill and experience that actual spacecraft operation provides, the USA is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity. America must decide if it wishes to remain a leader in space. If it does, we should institute a program which will give us the very best chance of achieving that goal.

Neil Armstrong ,Commander, Apollo 11

James Lovell, Commander, Apollo 13

Eugene Cernan, Commander, Apollo 17

Couldn’t agree more!  Yep that’s right, by the end of this year, the United States will be 100% beholden to the Russians to transport any of our Astronauts and or supplies to the ISS (International Space Station).  We have ZERO! capability to get there on our own!  I am left to wonder what John F. Kennedy would think of this development…

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April 13, 2010

The New Frontier! (Updated)

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In an announcement made today by Republic (Frontier and Midwest Airlines Parent Company) the single brand for the two recently acquired airlines will be “Frontier Airlines”.

Obviously this is welcomed news to local Denver fans of Frontier Airlines.  But from a business perspective I think this is a brilliant move on Republic’s part.  The Frontier name carries with it some great branding, and a fantastic well recognized ad campaign using the much loved animals on the tails to bring a persona to the carrier.

I travel quite a bit, and I try to take Frontier over the larger United Airlines when Frontier flies where I want to go (too bad they axed the Jacksonville flight).  I find the treatment I receive in the air is fantastic, the leg room (even in steerage) is ample for my long legs, and the in-flight entertainment options (Direct TV) is quite the welcomed distraction on some of my longer 4+ hour flights.

Now the work of incorporating two well respected airlines begins.  Branding is much more than painting talking animals on your tails.  It is attitude, consistency, care, and paying attention to Customer Service details! 

A few things I suspect the execs will have to begin looking at in earnest:

  1. Addressing fleet distribution and routes
  2. Aircraft type consolidation
  3. In-flight Entertainment options on the Embraer fleet

I flew Midwest many years ago when they were first regaining some market share, and I was very impressed with their service and too their in-plane comfort. 

I am glad to see the decision go in favor of the Frontier brand and image… but I will welcome the chocolate chip cookies!


Indeed a New Frontier will be flying over my backyard.

UPDATE:  New Frontier Commercial in honor of adding a Badger to the tails:


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March 20, 2010

Shoot’n Sparrows

It was a beautiful day here at Casa De Carmichael, a fantastically severe clear blue sky surrounded us.  So I thought I’d head out on the veranda with the Nikon and snap a few… Enjoy…




And then overhead, I spy this… the autofocus lost lock at the most perfectly inopportune time... so I had to back my zoom length way off, thus I missed the details to make this a quality shot… welcome to the world of photography.


Here’s the original image…


Oh well… It was still a beautiful day.

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