Ryan Ho

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2nd Trip to the Mach Loop this year

Went up to the Mach Loop again yesterday for the day.  Definitely went better than the near blank we had in May.  The morning started off with a few Hawk passes and then an A400 came through the loop.  I’ve heard it’s a ‘big’ aircraft, but wasn’t quite ready for how big it actually is; I was surprised that it fit through the valley.  After the A400 we had some more Hawks and then I finally saw some Typhoons go through the loop and closely followed by a fully swept Tornado.  It was a day of first yesterday, I’ve seen numerous Tornados through the loop but never one swept, they make a great noise as they go through.  We had plenty more Hawks go through and at one point we were almost bored of Hawks and were hoping for something else.  That something else did go through, but it wasn’t quite as grand as we had hoped – it was a little prop plane that went through quite high above the loop.

Photos below – click on them to see larger versions.

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Winter camping for the Mach Loop

This week signalled the annual winter trip to the Mach Loop and this time I got to see F15’s!

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Going out of my comfort zone

Apparently, in order to improve your photography you should go out of  your comfort zone and shoot something that you don’t normally shoot.  I had the opportunity to go with a friend of mine to watch his brother race at Glan Y Gors Park.  It was a sunny day with intermittent cloud cover, this meant I had shots that either came out really sunny or dull.  I also had to quickly learn how to pan with the karts and use a shutter speed slow enough to get the wheels spinning but fast enough to make up for the lack of panning skill. (It’s easier to photograph military jets at the mach loop I think!)

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The Loonies go underground

From one extreme to the other the Loonies have gone from Pen Y Fan and being above jets to venturing into the Rhiwbach Mine for some cave photography!

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