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Old Apr 23, 2010, 11:41 PM   #1
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some people in Perth claim there is nothing to do, Perth is boring and we seem to have gotten the name Dullsville, but each weekend I manage to go out for at least one day (if not 2) and find things to photograph. Somtimes its just a walk in the hills or it could be the Red bull air race if its in town
like it was last weekend
It sure gave the photographers of Perth something to point their cameras at. And there were all kinds of camera from small point and shoots to one guy I saw that had a lens at least a metre long, I reckon he was specialising in the pilots nose hair photography
I tried a few lenses and walked around the Swan River to change my views
so here are a few photos (I still havent finished editing them all yet )

a plane taking off on the other side of the river with Perth in the background DA* f4 300mm (cropped a bit)

negotiating the chicane
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Old Apr 23, 2010, 11:45 PM   #2
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i cant believe how quick they can turn these planes around and the g forces involved
the Narrows bridge in the background and Kings park

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Old Apr 23, 2010, 11:49 PM   #3
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Pentax 10-17 fisheye

there are more on my site and i have tons more to edit and put up, so I will try to keep you updated, for now the rest are here,
http://www.johndolphin.net/photos/ca....php?cat_id=55

there are some older ones too from previous years take with a 400mm screw mount lens
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Love #2 - great shot. Some might find the chopper distracting but I find it adds interest - could be the judges' viewpoint or rescue or just the official photographer's but it adds something to the story ... for me anyway.
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I like the view you shot number 2. There is allot of the airplane, and the chase helo is a plus.
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I agree - the second one is my favorite, followed closely by the third one. I like the fisheye also, because it gives you a better idea of the distances (and the need for a longer lens). But where's all the people? If they did that in L.A. you wouldn't be able to move or see the sand for all the people. That picture looks a bit flat/dark, perhaps a bit underexposed? At least that's what it looks like on this monitor, it may look differently on a different one.
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Nothing Dullsville about these shots John!
I like them.
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WOW great shots, They held Red Bull in Detroit before I got My Pentax, If they do it again I will be there.

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thanks for all the comments
frogfish and shoturtle the helicopter was the TV chopper and i intentionally included it for added interest (i have a few with it in)
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Mtngal, Perth isnt that big a place, although there were a few hundred thousand watching the event i believe (how accurate are tv news reports? ) The river front area is also 10ks long where the event was, so lots of places to sit and watch
the only reason i tried the fisheye was because i had it with me , plus i like the sky after i had taken the shot.
the colours are odd and i am not sure why, the sun is shining right on the lens, and the smoke from the planes did leave a bluish haze, it can be seen in some other photos, so i am not sure if that had a hand in it, i might run an auto levels on the original and see what happens
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