Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Miami Beach, Looking West, Lowes Hotel in the center foreground

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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South Pointe - Miami Beach

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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South Pointe - Miami Beach

Monday, June 27, 2011

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South Pointe - Miami Beach

Sunday, June 26, 2011

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Flagler Memorial Monument - Miami Beach

Saturday, June 25, 2011

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Uninhabited islands - Miami Beach

Friday, June 24, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Went flying again with my friend Juan in his Super Cub. This time we flew by downtown Miami and Miami Beach's coast.


Port of Miami and downtown view

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Maule MXT-7 for sale at Tamiami Airport

Monday, June 20, 2011

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Baron 55 at Tamiami

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A visit to a DC7

I had the honor to be invited to have a good look inside and out of the only passenger flying DC-7B in existence, at Opa-Locka airport (Miami).

N836D is a former Eastern Air Lines restored DC-7B, now in flying condition and based at Opa-Locka. The whole story can be read at the article I wrote for Wikipedia.

or by doing a Google search to see their site and news about her restoration to flying status.











More shots in my gallery.

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Baron 55 refueling at Tamiami airport

Saturday, June 18, 2011

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Robinson R-22 at Tamiami

Friday, June 17, 2011

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Beechcraft 35 at Tamiami

Thursday, June 16, 2011

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South Miami plant shot from my recent ride in a Super Cub.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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Crossing the Florida Turnpike while landing at Tamiami airport.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

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We did a car session at Tamiami airport last week in front of an Antonov AN-2.

A friend was testing the Jag for an upcoming magazine article he's writing. The Maxima is my new ride. The 350Z was from a kid that saw us shooting and asked if we could do his new car and email it to him. I obliged.

Jaguar XJS


Nissan Maxima


Nissan 350Z

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

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Bell 407 at Homestead airport (X51)
Note the cable cutters on top and bottom.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

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Bell 206 at Homestead airport (X51)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

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Lake LA-4-200 amphibian at Homestead airport (X51)

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

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Jaguar XJS - Antonov AN-2 at Tamiami airport (KTMB)

Monday, June 06, 2011

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1941 Chrysler at the Coral Gables car show last month




Sunday, June 05, 2011

Flying!

For a long time I wanted to get invited to fly. After years, luck had it I met somebody with a plane who invited me to fly and shoot. A biplane no less!

I jumped at the idea. He has a Great Lakes, open cockpit biplane, so no dirty windows to contend with. He emailed me this week saying there was a fly-in at Homestead Jet Port (X51) and would I like to fly with him? You can guess the immediate answer. He keeps the plane at Tamiami (KTMB), only 11 miles from X51, a short flight.

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Not having flown in a small plane with cameras before I was unsure of what to take. Wanted to have only one camera/lens as it would be inconvenient to carry more than that and minimize weight in a biplane. I settled for the D700/24-70mm. It turned out to be a good choice for statics as I expected but not a great choice for aerials.

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I did not know at the time but a friend of his was meeting us there. He has a Super Cub. My most-favorite plane of all time is a J3 Piper Cub and a Super-Cub, its descendant - by extension. I had never seen one in real life before (outside of a museum that is)! This day I got to see a few of them (two J-3s in a hangar and my new friend's Super Cub) which I got to fly in!

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It was a beautiful Florida day, just a little windy (15kts but luckily on the runway heading).

We arrived at Homestead at noon.

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Spent the day there with the people that flew in, having hot-dogs and talking aviation.

Then my friend says he would like to have some aerial photos of his plane. I would ride in the Super Cub, which can open the windows (we would be at 1,000ft) and shoot unimpeded.

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We planned the flight. We would fly over the bay to have better backgrounds. I could not get closeups with the 24-70 as we could not fly too close together. We decided to try anyway and some other time I'll bring a longer lens.

I did not do as good as I'd liked on the aerials as I purposely used slow shutter speed to get prop-blur but did not account for the strong wind and my aircraft movement. I should been a tad faster. Most shots at 1/200 are not crisp. Some at 1/320 are better. They are shot at 1,000ft, doing 90mph. Wish I had a longer lens with me. Maybe next time.

Here are some of them:

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7. over Key Biscayne


8. over Stiltsville


9. over Stiltsville


I definitely had a great day!

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1935 Plymouth - Coral Gables, FL

Saturday, June 04, 2011

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1967 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III at the Coral Gables car show last month

Friday, June 03, 2011

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V12 Packard Coupe at the Coral Gables car show last month


Thursday, June 02, 2011

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Fairchild Tropical Gardens

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

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Fairchild Tropical Gardens