Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

I don’t quite remember when i took the following photos of the F-117, but it must have been sometime in the early ’90s.  The photos are from both the Mirabel airshow and the airshow at St. Hubert.

For an aircraft nut like myself, being able to see and get up close to the stealth aircraft was something special indeed.  However, no one was allowed to get up to close.

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

No digital cameras back then, at least none that i was able to afford.  These photos were taken by a simple 35mm, point & shoot film camera.

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

As you can see, my composition was not all to bad, but still off in some instances.  I will always remember the viewfinder on my film camera, it was ever so clear and large.

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

The Nighthawk was retired back in 2008, so you will not see this aircraft at any airshows these days.  Despite it’s technology being revolutionary, it was still 1970’s era technology that was going up against smarter radar technology when it started to see combat in the ’90s and the first years of the 21st century.

In 1999, an F-117 was lost while on a combat mission in Yugoslavia.  It was shot down by a SA-3 surface to air missile system operated by the Yugoslav army.

The radar unit of the SA-3 was able to detect the F-117 once the aircraft had opened it’s bomb bay doors.  The fatal missile was launched from 8 miles away.

The pilot survived and the remains of the shot down F-117 are now on display at a museum in Belgrade.

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

Despite developing new tactics for F-117 pilots, the aircraft was eventually retired due to the high cost of maintenance and the fact that more streamlined shapes for stealth aircraft were being generated by computers.

It was a real treat to be able to see this airplane and take photos of it.  If you are interested in seeing an F-117 up close, you will only be able to see one in a museum these days.  Though, the aircraft on display in the museums are but the prototypes (YF-117A) and have never seen any combat.

The F-117s that saw service, are all in storage in Tonopah in their climate controlled hangars.  However, it has been reported that an F-117 has been seen out on the Nellis bombing range as recently as 2013.

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Being Credited For My First Photo

This post is somewhat related to my sticky post about my photos being used without permission.

However, even though my photo in this case was being used without permission, the end result of the matter was a first for me.

I may have mentioned this before, but what i have started to do, is to Google search the photos that people are clicking on.  Aside from finding out if the photo is being used without permission, looking at the photos people are clicking on also gives me a change to see what photos are interesting to people and to make sure they are properly watermarked.

Some time last week, i noticed people looking at my Old Montreal Forum photos.  These photos are of the interior of the Forum as it looks now.  Here is the post with those photos: (https://d7100shooter.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/the-old-montreal-forum/)

I took those photos back in 2013 when i took my daughter to the cinema.  I used my D7100 with the Tamron 10-24mm.  In my honest opinion, they are not the best photos and knowing what i know now, i could do a better job.

Anyhow, i right clicked on the second photo to search for it through Google and what do you know, i found it being used on no less than 3 websites.

old montreal forum

Here are the websites that i found my photo on:

1) (http://clubzone.com/blog/montreal-kick-off-2015-with-joy/)

2) (http://bergerbytes.ca/gardens-still-looking-like-old/)

3) (http://montreal.tv/portail/blog/tag/new-years-eve/)

At the same time that i was miffed about this, i was also somewhat pleased with myself.

Finding my photo being used without my permission or credit to me, i immediately contacted all three websites via their contact-us forms.  A couple of days went by and i did not hear back from anyone.

Sometimes, i think people won’t take you seriously until you send them a second, more formal email.  So, that is what i did.

The next day, i received a reply from two of the websites.  Here is the first email:

Salut Alistair, vraiment désolé pour ça est-ce que tu peux qu’on donne crédit et linker ton site ou page FB ou tu veux la faire retirer

Irois Leger

Fondateur, Montreal.TV

From there, we exchanged a few more emails and he ended up crediting the photo to me by putting my name under the photo.  If you go and look at the page now (same link for Montreal.tv as i put above), you will see the credit.

The second reply came in just a few hours afterwards.  Here is the email:

Thank you for notifying us about the photo. We will be sure to take it down.


Again, we exchanged a few more emails and they ended up crediting the photo to me.

In addition, i also heard from the author of the article in which my photo appeared.  He apologized to me and reassured me that the photo was credited to me and it is.

You can look at the link i put up for clubzone.com and you will see the credited photo.

As for the third website, i have yet to hear from the author of that site.  Though, i will make sure to keep in touch with him.

It feels good that i have credited photos out there on the internet.  All in all, both situations had a good outcome.  Yes, i suppose i could have asked for money; though, i thought it would be more beneficial to me if i had photos out there credited to me.

Money’s great, but recognition in photography is best, especially at my early stage.  After all, recognition will lead to money.

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Quack The Duck

Negative 28 degrees Celsius with the wind chill factor and i am still thinking of the summer.

If you go down do the Old Port during the summer, you are going to see quite a few ducks.  I do believe that they nest in and around the old port in the spring time.



This duck was enjoying the summer sun.  At the same time, it had a little clean.




It just goes to show you that you don’t always have to go far in order to capture a bit of wild life.

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Four Stack

I took a little walk in the neighborhood today and came across this church.

These days, when i go out, i always carry my X10 with me.  It fits perfectly into my jacket pocket.  Along with the camera, i carry a spare battery as well.

Since i did not want to have ugly telegraph poles in my photo, i stood on the sidewalk to take the photo.  But, despite the X10 having a wide angle lens, i could not get the whole front of the church in the shot.  What to do??

Well, the solution to that, is to take a vertical panorama.  I did this by taking 4 exposures, each overlapping about 30%.  A good overlap is advisable in order for the software to stitch your photos together nicely.


When i stitched the photos together in Photoshop Elements, the software asked me if i wanted it to “fill” the edges.  When it asks you to do this, say no if your edges have detail in them.

If you do have detail in your edges, like you see on the left and right edges of the photo below, the software is not “smart” enough to make that “fill” nice and smooth/uniform.  If it’s just clear sky in the background, you won’t have a problem.


This vertical panorama took me under a minute…  well, it took the software and my new laptop under a minute to stitch together.  This is how my workflow has become so much easier.

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Looking Back

I was going through some photos from the summer of 2013 and came across some wide angle photos i took of the old port.

This was when i had my D7100 and Tamron 10-24mm.  I don’t miss the DSLR at all, but i do miss the wide angle lens.  As it stands now, if i am wanting a nice wide shot, i have to use my X10.


I could also stitch a series of photos together.  Though, i would much prefer a wide angle lens.


Looking at these photos really makes me miss summer, especially during these cold, overcast days.  I don’t mind the snow all that much.  It’s the lack of sunlight that gets to me sometimes.



Funny thing is, we complain about the cold weather in the winter and then complain about the hot weather in the summer.  We certainly are weird beings.


I suppose if it was around 25 degrees Celsius for most of the year, i would be really happy.



I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather and i am going to make an effort to not complain, because the alternative is winter.


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Here are the update photos of the Tamiya Jordan 191.  As i mentioned in my last post, i was able to accomplish a bit more in my last week of Christmas vacation, but not much.

The cockpit halfs are glued together and the decals are on.  I just need to touch of some areas of the paint job.


The engine cowling is almost finished.  A few more decals to go and it will be good.


The nose is coming together, slowly but surely.  A few extra parts, paint & decals and it will be done.


The tires are all but done.


Part for the back wing.  There is lots more to do with this section of the car.


Here is the chassis and the engine.  The engine has a long way to go, but the main part of it has been done.


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There really is not much to report at this point in time.  With the last week of Christmas vacation i had, i did not make to much progress on the build.

I have finished all the tires in regards to painting and decals.  The two halfs of the cockpit have been glued together and most decals have been applied.  I have also painted the main part of the engine and i have painted the chassis.

I will post some photos of what i have done some time this week.  I do hope to get back to it during the weekends, but i find myself busy with other aspects of life right now.

Despite the slow down, the car is looking very nice so far.  I overcame the decal fiasco and i have accepted that there will be a different shade of blue on the car.  As they say, when you are given lemons, make lemonade.

Stay tuned for the update photos.

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Making My Workflow A Little Easier

Yesterday, i went out to buy a new laptop.  I used the money that i made off of my two sales to buy it.

I did not get anything to fancy and i stayed well within my budget by not spending anymore then what i had.  Truth be told, any new laptop out there now is an improvement over what i had before.

I can now use Photoshop Elements without it hanging and getting that awful “not responding” message.  Stitching photos is going to be a breeze now and i won’t need to have a cup of java while waiting for my laptop to sort itself out.  Furthermore, the screen on the new laptop is bigger and displays my photos much better.

When i went downtown yesterday, i brought along my little X10 so that i could take some photos while going store to store.

Downtown Montreal DSCF5584 (Copy)

I was surprised at the lack of people downtown.  I am not sure whether it was because it was overcast or maybe everyone was having a lazy Saturday morning, but there was no one about and the stores only had a few people in them.  Though, it did make for a relaxing shopping experience.

One place that i am always attracted to, is Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown.

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

I have photographed the interior of this church many times, but there seems to always be new opportunities when i go inside.  There are so many angles and beautiful architecture, that it is like a gift that keeps on giving.

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

To get the photograph below, i had to get down on my knees.  Needless to say, i did receive some strange looks.  But, i was able to get the shot that i was after.

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

At one point, i was competing for shooting position with some guy and his mobile phone.  Hey, whatever camera you have with you, right…


Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Some of these photos were done below 1/30s.  Mind you, the X10 is not that big or heavy, so i can hold it pretty steady.  I shot at f/2 to f/2.2, depending on the focal length being used.

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Below, is the Bishop’s Mortuary Chapel.  This is actually the new chapel that was built in 2005 next to the original one.  In here, they have prepared extra tombs to accommodate future Bishops.


Mary queen of the world cathedral

Mary queen of the world cathedral

I have never photographed this part of the Cathedral before.  In order to photograph it, you have to poke your camera lens between the bars of the steel gate that is blocking off the entrance to the chapel.  A wide angle lens serves you well in this instance.

Mary queen of the world cathedral

Mary queen of the world cathedral

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