Posts tagged ‘photography’

Born 60 years too late

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Pin-Up Model Workshop

My first experience doing model photography was a workshop at Studio52 North in Middletown. It was pin-up themed, so I had to do it. For years I have wanted to become good at pin-up style photographs and I hope this was my first step at realizing that desire.

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Dash-1 banks right over the Delaware River near Philadelphia

Dash-1 banks right over the Delaware River near Philadelphia

Lead change over Roxborough

Lead change over Roxborough

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Still in the night

Still in the night

Pilots waiting

Pilots waiting

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Clam Boat Fisherman of New Haven

Had the opportunity to photograph and observe this crew at work on a cold and cloudy March day. The business is full of characters, such as the three I went out on Long Island Sound with: Captain Patty, “The Big Handsome”, and James [calls himself “Clamnoum”] Namnoum. From what I saw, beards are part of the life (I felt naked with my three-day old stubble).

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Sayonara Okinawa

…And so after 6 short months I bid adieu to the island of Okinawa…

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Farewell Futenma flightline,

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Bye bye beautiful beaches, and the snorkeling that went with them,

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So long seaside sunsets, with your rich dusk colors,

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Goodbye drink vending machines that I could find on every street corner,

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Au revoir Orion beer, which is only found on Okinawa,

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Adios vodka tonics from Panic Bar (and the associated hangovers the next morning),

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Have a nice life Habu Trail, for the countless miles I trampled over you have finished,

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Until we meet again, endless open Ocean.

Parting Shots

As we prepare to depart Okinawa to return home, these final glimpses appeared before my camera lens.

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A (mostly Flightline) Thanksgiving dinner in one of the barracks

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Mission to H-60 Crash Site

A U.S. Air Force HH-60 helicopter crashed while landing at night on Monday, August 5 in the Central Training Area of Okinawa. Unfortunately, one crew member perished and the other three survived as the wreck — partially made up of magnesium — burned up and caught some of the surrounding jungle on fire.
There was very little left of anything resembling a helicopter, but the tiny pieces of melted metal and few larger components totaled thousands of pounds. No military trucks could reach the crash site; it was 1/2 mile from the LZ through thick triple canopy jungle and roughly sloped terrain. The Air Force’s own HH-60’s and the local USMC CH-46’s and MV-22 Ospreys were not capable of performing the external pick-up of the parts. A CH-53E was required.
The exact area was on the 45-degree slope of a hill, so to provide the necessary clearance for the helicopter to be able to hover over the cargo, a nearly football field-sized area of trees had to be cut down. An extra long cargo pendant, also for rotor blade clearance for the trees at the top of the hill, had to be used and was obtained from the Japanese military. All of these complications led to a lengthy delay of the retrieval of the helicopter wreckage, while cultural friction built as some Okinawan civilians voiced their desire to have the debris removed from the jungle on their island.
HMH-772 finally sent a Super Stallion to recover the Air Force HH-60 wreckage on October 12, making over a half dozen externals to successfully bring the metal remains to an LZ with trucks waiting.

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Inside the Refurbished Hangar and Shop Photo

We have a hangar, technically, but we aren’t allowed to move into it or perform maintenance in it. The only purpose of the hangar so far has been to shelter the CH-53’s and Cobras inside when the base is at risk from a typhoon. When we stuffed the hangar with all our planes recently, I slowly walked through the quiet open space, taking pictures.

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Traditionally, there usually is a squadron and/or shop photo associated with a deployment. Instead of making a mundane shop photo wearing our cammies after the squadron picture, we did ours several days later dressed in our usual working wear of oil-stained coveralls and flight suits. A driving idea behind these shop photos is the aircraft we used had no rotor blades yet, sort of a summary of the difficult battle we’ve had with the helicopters the entire deployment.
Also one trend I’ve noticed over the years is to take one serious-looking picture as well as one with any manner of ridiculous poses. We did both styles for the two different setups.

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Normal

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Goofing off

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Normal….

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…..and Goofing off

Pre-Hash

Meeting up before the “World Peace Through Beer 2013” Hash of the Okinawa Hash House Harriers. Our start point was some small park near Torii Station on the Yomitan peninsula.

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Chad Jones, taking a ride on the panda bear

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Burroughs and Shane “Train” Hensley

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The Grandmaster initiates the day’s event

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Work Spaces

Instead of working in a traditional hangar, our lack thereof forced us to keep our tools and computers in interlinked white containers called vans. There is something about the sterile quality, and the muted, cool-tone walls that reminded me of a ship. I took several photos of the area over the past several months. The truth is, though, we are hardly ever in them except for a few minutes in the morning, and the last few minutes of the workday before we leave in the evening.

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SNCO Van. The Gunny at work

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Intersection

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Medlicott

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Flightline shop Van

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Barnes posing

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Stanley in the corner

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Wide Angle Lens

…I caved in and bought a pricey wide angle lens which I had wanted for a while. No longer would I run into the problem of not being able to fit all of the picture I wanted into the frame; this thing can go so wide it warps the photo like a fisheye. So the day I bought it I was driving around already and wanted to play around with the lens.

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Zanpa Beach

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Central Okinawa Coast, facing East China Sea

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Zakimi-Jo Castle ruins

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Work Randomness #5

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Turning the camera diagonally was the only way to fit the C-130’s wingspan into the picture

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Passengers out the side; cargo out with a forklift

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I’ll be damned, one of the few photos of me

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What bored Marines do when we couldn’t find our computer… make one out of a wooden box

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Wolf and Clinger replacing a tail disconnect component

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Tail Pylon detail

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Rain on the horizon

Secluded Waterfall

These are photos from several days before when I was at a Hash House Harrier event. The nice landscape with the waterfall tucked inside it was a surprise bonus to me. I brought my camera along, but since every Hash is in a different place, I had no idea where we would end up at. Reminded me of some of the waterfalls on Oahu, Hawaii that were hidden in the dense growth where the windward side of the mountains rose up from the flatter ground.

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Shredded paper, caught in a spider web, casting a floating illusion

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Messages etched in stone surrounded the basin of the falls; some in Japanese, some in English

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Fuel Cells and Sunsets

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Venting out the fuel vapor fumes

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Fuel Cell maintenance

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Wolf, draining out the last drops

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Futenma flightline sunset

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Super Stallion framed by light

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Same as above, but achieved a silhouette effect