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    IAD-26 March 2012

    Hey Guys,

    After an absence of nearly 3 months, I finally made the trek back up to Dulles for some spotting. This was to be my first spotting trip with my new 7D, and it is due to the learning curve associated with this and some resulting changes to my workflow that these photos weren't posted yesterday . With my 100-400 and 50D visiting Canon down in Newport News for some lovely R&R (that's Repair and Recalibration mind you), I shot the entire day with the 7D+ EF 400mm F5.6. Definitely learned a lot, and definitely messed up quite a bit too. Decided to also start trying my hand at shooting full manual in the evening.

    The day can best be summarized as morning rocked, afternoon was dang awful, and the evening rocked. As I'm dealing with a new setup, I would love all the feedback I can get from y'all on these shots. I find I am often blind to my images' deficiencies until they are pointed out to me.




    This photo was taken a few minutes before sunrise (and cleaned up heavily from ISO 1600 or 2000. I love the reflection of the coming sunrise on the nacelles





    If you like Business Aviation, then Dulles was the place to be that morning. It was Gulfstreams galore, with a few additional bonus guests

















    And in a world populated by Citations, Lears, and Gulfstreams, the Falcon by Dassault has to be the Queen of the Corporate Jets





    Mainline action was scarce as heck during the morning, which is the usual case at IAD. Mornings can be rather slow. Virgin America was a nice treat however.





    This was only my 2nd time in numerous IAD trips catching my favorite international visitor, Ethiopian's 777LR from Addis Ababa (via Rome)





    The tower had been giving bird warnings to the larger aircraft landing on 1C. I never actually saw any until ANA landed. Then they were everywhere.




    The light at Udvar Hazy was bad enough to not warrant sharing any of those pics. The only event of interest was a go around by Air France 28 Super due to wind shear. The tower was reporting gains and losses of 20 knots at times. Departures, thankfully, still happened off of 1R, which was a first for me.


    The Super





    The "star" of the evening (bad pun intended)





    The left turns were much appreciated when the tower called them out





    This was my first time catching South African in acceptable shooting conditions :)





    Austrian's 767s have to be among the sharpest looking out there, especially with those winglets





    KLM crossing paths with a contrailing AA 737-800 (I believe)





    First time seeing an SAS A330 instead of the usual A340





    United put on a good show with their 777s









    But this ex-CO 757 wins best turn out of the night as far as I'm concerned





    And last is a somewhat whimsical shot on my part. I spent all night waiting for someone small enough to fly close enough to the American Flag that was flying in between me and the runway. It took 2 hours, but someone finally did, and gave me what ended up being my favorite shot of the night, albeit a slightly unusual one




    As usual, I hope you have enjoyed!


    Nick

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    Very nice!

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    Thank you!

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    Very nice! I love your flag shot!
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    Great work! I'll always enjoy the variation of United schemes ;) I'm a sucker for any aircraft banking!

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    Really nice work, Nick !
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    Very nice pics...

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    Very nice shots! Thanks for sharing!
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    What, no XJet CRJs? :-)

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    Boo no shots of my A320 departing to MIA!! Haha.

    The wind on Monday was atrocious. I got so incredibly airsick on my LGA-IAD leg that I almost decided not to get on my second flight.

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    What time did you leave? I may have you :)


    And thank you all for the kind words. It means a lot coming from such an accomplished group of photographers.

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    That's a great flag shot - well done!

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    Scheduled departure was around 6:25. Airbus A320 in the "shades of blue" United scheme, but I can't tell you much more because I fell asleep the moment my head hit the seat. I do know, however, that we took off from runway 30.

    I also arrived on runway 01 (on the left side of the airport) on a CRJ-700 around 5:30 in the old battleship gray United colors.

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    Looks like I missed both of your flights :( However, I guarantee you that I saw your flight land from a good ways away. Hard to miss the CRJ's in the Battleship Gray!

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    That is a good set there! Were all with the 400mm? It is one of my favorite lens. Light, quick focus and typically sharper than the 100-400. I wish I would have packed mine for this trip.
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