SR-71 engine and walk-by video

Someone wanted to see this.  The video has no sound because I cut it due to the obnoxious auto-focus.

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Heat lightning fireworks show

I wanted to get these photos up, but I also took video.  We witnessed this phenomenon a few weeks ago, but I could not get my camera settings right.  I did this time.  Although my camera had trouble getting the white balance right.  I even tried to correct for it, but the 2nd photo is the most accurate to what I was seeing.

Okay, videos are up.  The camera was not able to capture the ambient light well, so the videos are dark.  I think it’s because I was running at 60 fps instead of 30 in order to capture the fast lightning.

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Richmond airport museum, part 2

A lot of this stuff only interests me, but I’m posting it anyway in case others appreciate it. This isn’t really the order I wanted these in, but I realized it too late.  Moving pictures around breaks the site, and I don’t want to delete them all and lose my captions.

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These tabs are to straighten the airflow over the wing to reduce the risk of stalls. This was a military training jet, I believe, so they probably did that to be a little more forgiving to new pilots.
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Some widget on an SR-71 jet engine
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An airspeed measuring sensor, I believe. *Correction, this is a generator. The benefit of this design is that it still provides power to critical things like instruments even if the engine and/or battery dies (although I’m not sure if planes had batteries in the 1930s).
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I like how the cylinders are offset like that. I believe it was to allow the engine to be shorter, and to allow more even cooling.
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That big gray donut behind the prop is an exhaust manifold (it collects the exhaust and directs it out the exhaust pipe. Very unique design.
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I thought this was just a really photogenic old plane, even though function was the primary factor in the design.

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Backyard nature

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The tree pics have some weird blurry aberrations because of a cheap macro lens add-on I was using, but I figured it gave it kind of a psychedelic effect.  The last one is my favorite because it took a while to capture it the right way, and it paid off.  It looks like it’s looking at me, but those aren’t its eyes.

Trying to evolve

I’ve realized that I largely shoot documentary-style photos.  Which are liked by many, and are my preferred style.  My photographic philosophy is largely to capture and represent the world how it is, not some amped-up fantasy.

But I want to try to be more creative, because documentary-style photography can be uninteresting to some, especially if the subject matter doesn’t interest them.  Also, because that’s what most people do with their cameras; document their lives, so photos become little more than evidence that they have been places.

I want people to be interested in subject matter that they may not have been interested in before, or at least not as interested.  I think that’s what a true artist does, even though I would never consider myself as such.