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Old Jun 9, 2017, 5:38 AM   #1
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Innisfail in northern Queensland is famous for its 'Mundoo' skydiving centre, which attracts skydivers from around the world - both for novice 'dual-person' and 'solo-experienced' jumping
For me - I'm a wimp ... I have the T-shirt that says "why jump out of a perfecly good aeroplane"

I did some shooting over several days when the weather was okay - shooting with the Panny FZ200 racked out to 24x zoom [600mm or thereabouts] with a fair slice of digital zoom when I was hunting for the moment that the divers exited the plane at over 9000 feet up
All images on "S" mode at1/1000s, auto-ISO [usually around 100], apertures taken care of by the camera

Here's a couple of shots ...

1- the moment of no return ... and down below we hear the free-falling start [sounds like paper rippling in the breeze]


2- one of many brightly coloured chutes in use


3- many divers crossed paths in the sky with others in the group


4- same as above


5- and some liked to try some aerobatics [hope they hadn't eaten recently]



As always, comments welcome
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Old Jun 9, 2017, 11:41 AM   #2
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Were these all from the ground Phil or were you up there too? If you were up there next time get some close up shots. Peoples faces when they are about to poop themselves is priceless.
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G'day mate

I was on the ground about 3/4km as the crow flies away from the airstrip, and upwind to the drop zone. The skydivers were dropped overhead to another 1/2km upwind and I enjoyed them as they floated around overhead

The screams from the adrenalin rush for the 'tandem passengers' could be clearly by me way, way down below them

The final drop to the ground was very swift - and below the tree line for me. I would have needed to be on-site for that, and except for a small area it was a closed site

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G'day Phil,

great colours! what's that blue backdrop stuff though?, we prefer a white one here in the UK!!
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G'day Phil,

great colours! what's that blue backdrop stuff though?, we prefer a white one here in the UK!!
G'day Mate
Yeah mate ... we get the white stuff from time to time, and sometimes we get too much wet stuff in the white stuff as well. Mind you, our white stuff does not settle on the ground and need a shovel to take it away!

Recently I was talking to a fella cleaning up after our cyclone Debbie in northern Queensland. The area that was devastated received 1200mm [48"] of rain over a 24 hour period and the flood surge washed away everything in its path

I think I prefer the sort of wet stuff that is 'normal'

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I have to agree, I would wimp out if I had to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft. . Your photos are excellent!
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