Concorde At JFK

I have only ever seen Concorde twice.  Once at Mirabel when I was either on my way to England or coming back to Montreal, I don’t quite remember.  Taking an international flight to/from Mirabel should give you a good indication of how long ago it was.

The second time I saw Concorde, was at New York’s JFK airport while on my way to Tokyo.

When I took this photo, I was not yet using digital; therefore, this was taken on 35mm film.  I scanned the negative with my camera to get it into a digital format.

Concorde was always an awesome sight to see.  If you’re wondering, compared to regular commercial airliners, Concorde was not very big.

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One Type Down, Many More To Go

I love flying.  I’m an admitted aviation geek.  I’m plane crazy.

When I do get the chance to fly, I always make it a point to see if I can possibly fly a type of aircraft that I have never flown on before.

I have flown on Boeings, Airbuses, Lockheeds, Cessnas, British Aircraft Corporation aircraft, Embraers, and Bombardiers.

In regards to Boeing, I had yet to fly aboard a 737; therefore, when I had a chance to fly aboard one on a recent trip, I was quite pleased.

I always ask for a window seat, of course.

These photos were taken with my LG G5.

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Black Crowned Night Heron

Back in July, we made our way to Fort Chambly, in Chambly Quebec.

It was a great day out in all respects and we only experienced about 10 minutes of rain.  Mind you, that rain came down in buckets, but we were able to take some shelter underneath the large trees in the park.

After we had finished our visit to the fort, we made our way back to the car by walking along the water front.  As we walked into the picnic area next to the fort, i looked out over the Rapides de Chambly and noticed a rather large bird perched on top of  fallen branch in the water.

At that moment, all i had in my hand was my little X10, which was somewhat useless at the distance that i was from the Heron.

Hoping that he would not fly away, i gently took off my backpack and took out my D2x with the 70-300 VR G attached.

Luckily for me, the camera was more or less set up for the shooting conditions.  It was already dialed in at ISO 400, which was perfect for the overcast weather we were having.  I only had to adjust the aperture, which i set to f/8.  Shutter speed varied between 1/320 and 1/500, which was due to the light.

I shot in RAW, which i do all the time with the D2x now.  Shooting in RAW with the D2x gives me so much more latitude when i want to edit the files.  It doesn’t take long to edit the files either.  A minute or so with each file in Capture NX-D and i’m done.

It was really great seeing such a magnificent bird up close like this.  I am very happy that i was able to photograph him.

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Blue Heron

Andrew Haydon Park is always a nice spot to go to, whether you want to have a picnic, read a book in tranquility or take photos of nature.  Of course, you can do all three if you like.

During my last visit to the park, I was lucky enough to get quite close to a Blue Heron.  He/she was very majestic and seemed to be used to people, for I was able to get very close to them and take their photo.

The heron knew that I was only mere feet from them, but it did not seem to bother them.  They just stood there, posed and was willing to give me a minute or two to take their photograph.

However, after a few clicks, they decided that that was it for the photo session and walked off.

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

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