May 312010

ISO 80; f.4 ; 1/100; 5.3mm; 7:00pm (aperture priority; levels adjusted)

This is Carl’s most recent model airplane .  It’s a Sig LT-25 that he built from a balsa kit.  It was intended for a gas motor but he converted it to electric.  Last night was its first flight, which went perfect.

I’ve included a few more photos from last evening to give you an idea about this hobby.


ISO 80; f.4; 1/640; 5 mm; 6:27pm (cropped; levels adjusted; cropped some more)

Carl is getting ready for take off.  Wes Huntley (our former Mayor, yup, lost the election by about 35 votes) is watching.


ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/125; 100 mm; 6:28pm

If you can’t see the plane in the picture, don’t worry about it. I couldn’t find the plane in my lens.  If you ever wonder why I rarely show photos of the model airplanes flying, this is the reason.  I’m terrible at it.

This photo also serves another purpose. I was checking to see if there was in blemish in my lens.  If I did this with the other camera, I would have a few annoying round darker spots.


ISO 80; f/4.5; 1/250; 24,5 mm; 6:30pm (cropped; levels adjusted)

Successful landing… which I was lucky to get.  Man, these things move fast.


ISO 80; f/4; 1/400; 9.2 mm; 6:56:23 pm (cropped; dodged face)

Now it’s Wes’s turn to fly. (Actually, if you look at the time stamp, some other flying took place in between.)


ISO 80; f/4; 1/400; 9.2 mm; 6:56:38 pm (cropped; levels adjusted)

And it takes off…


ISO 80; f/4; 1/400; 9.2 mm; 7:09 pm (cropped, levels adjusted)

And unfortunately, it was a short, last flight. The Easy Star Glider took a nose dive from a good altitude into the desert bush a few moments later. We won’t discuss how this happened.

Carl and Wes hiked out to pull it from the bush… as you can see this glider is in pieces.  A sad, sad moment.  Poor Wes.


Note that I’ve included the meta data for these photos. Except for the top photo, I was in P mode since I was just trying to get the shots, but I include it for my own benefit.

  6 Responses to “THEME: The Sporting Life 2”

  1. Love the color, composition and shadows in the first image!

  2. I really like the top shadows in the top image. What a great reason to go out and take pictures with great lighting.

  3. Hi Christina… when I first met Carl that’s what I thought, too! But, ovver the years of watching Carl build and fly, I’ve come to greatly admire the skill that goes into this hobby. First, when building an electric airplane, careful consideration is required concerning weight and the battery power (and the correct way to charge them without), motors and servos. Often, there is a conversion from the gas model to the electric — gas engines can push a greater amount of weight but are noisy and stinky. Putting this all together is challenging, at least to me.

    Then of course, in all model airplanes there is the challenge of flying. I don’t know if you have ever tried a computer simulation… but this isn’t second nature like it driving a model car or truck. So, I have a great deal of admiration for the people who do this hobby, which isn’t just men any more. Oh, I should add that you vary rarely see any kids flying model airplanes… at least not without an adult helping them.

  4. Oh yes I remember modelplanes…. My exhusband had some of different kinds when we met soI have spent quite a lot of time watching. Men turn into small boys all existed :-)
    But, it was fund! So nice flashbacks for me, thanks!

  5. Early evening is my favorite time to take photos. This series has such rich color and clarity. You can actually tell the story without reading your text because it’s all there in the photos!!! Hope Wes is back in the air soon!!
    We have a large area for RC airplanes a couple of miles from our house. Now I’ll have to make time to go and take some pictures!!

  6. What a wonderful series – but such a sad ending. At least they brought their comrade home. They look so dejected in that shot. I’d say you nailed the Friday Photowalk Tip to capture emotion!

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