Flying the wind

Discussion in 'Ricoh GR (APS-C) Forum' started by Iansky, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    I visited one of the viewpoints in our local area today, when I was there I saw these people with their chutes ready to fly - they had to wait for the wind to be perfect and for the intermittent rain to stop.

    I had not planned on stopping here so my only camera was the Ricoh GR, not the perfect camera for these photos but it proved more than capable.
     

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  2. Well shot
     
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  3. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    Superb!
    It is not what you shoot with, but rather how you use it.
    You have done so very well here!
     
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  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    as much as I'd love to have shot these, I'd REALLY LOVE to try out those wonderful flying machines!
     
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  5. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Totally awesome series Ian! :2thumbs:
     
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  6. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    #3 is Wow !
     
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  7. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Cotswolds, UK
    Thank you all for the feedback.

    It was an unexpected bonus to come across these fliers, I wish I had also taken the EM1 with a few lenses with me as well but again the GR delivered and showed its versatility - a very under rated and little known camera that sits quietly in the background.
     
  8. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 7, 2010
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    Dennis
    Love the colours , love the subject.
    Years ago I had a Ricoh RDC 2300 one of the greatest early digitals ; even then Ricoh had colours other brands couldn't match.
     
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  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Great stuff Ian. Love the first but like all of them a lot.

    I tried that once, with less advanced kites, 25+ years ago. I did very VERY badly at it. Fortunately I was never more than about 10-15 feet above the ground, so the hard landings didn't cause any serious damage, except to my young male ego! I'd rather just shoot 'em going forward!

    Nicely done,

    -Ray
     
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  10. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Thanks Ray,

    I spent 12yrs jumping out of planes for a living but would not want to try this! At least I can now enjoy it from ground level and the GR certainly allowed me to get the shots rather than miss them.
     
  11. biglouis

    biglouis SC Veteran

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    Aug 4, 2013
    Excellent. It is the camera you have with you that gets the shot.

    BTW, where is that spot. I think I can see the sea or a river in the distance.

    LouisB
     
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  12. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    I'd guess the Severn Estuary - so a bit of both
     
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  13. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Thanks LouisB,

    The images were taken at Coaley Peak viewpoint near the Nympsfield gliding club in Glos, in the distance is the river severn estuary - it is a popular club that uses this hill despite a death a number of years ago when a hang glider crashed.

    It was pretty windy and very much hit/miss for flying but some did venture out - made for a few good photos.
     
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