I’ve made some slight changes to the way the site is going to be run in future – most are on the back end, and so will probably not be visible to users, but the biggest is to the way (and frequency) I post photos.
So, I got to my favourite Spotting point a little bit later than planned (about 2 hours, but who’s counting!), to find the place pretty crowded, and it only filled up more as the day went on.
The planes were coming thick and fast, the crowds started thinning, and I hung around through an almost interminable stream of easyJets and Ryanairs for the Etihad 787-9 in a special colour scheme and the Turkish A330.
And waddya know, the day went from utterly glorious to pouring it down within 10 minutes of the Etihad turning up, so by the time the Turkish turned up, I was doing a pretty fair impersonation of a drowned rat.
(Notice the heat haze on the 787, from shooting across acres of hot tarmac on a warm, sunny day.)
(Notice the rain covering the runways and nearly obliterating the image – there was about half an hour between these 2 photos, most of which was dry and sunny!)
So yeah – fun day, but could have done without the rain!
So, here we go, first Spotting trip since May (23rd to be precise, Fact Fans!), and it’s already not going to plan.
I was planning on leaving the house somewhere between 0530 and 0600, which would have me Southside by 8 at the latest-instead, I left at 0756, which means I probably won’t get there much before 10.
Damn this need to sleep!
Still, at least I’m doing better than my planned Heathrow jaunt this week (rained off) and Liverpool trip (also rained off).
So, here I am on the 330 to Stockport – if you’re over on Southside today, and you see a slightly confused bald bloke with an entirely unnecessary goatee, come and say hi, I don’t bite!
(Unless you ask nicely! 😉 )
As part of my Fediverse presence, I am now hosting my own Pixelfed instance, here.
The previous account, on pixelfed.social, is still being used as an archive, but has been deprecated – moving forward, all posts will will be on the new account.
Federation isn’t fully working yet – oddly, it is visible from Mastodon instances, but not from other Pixelfed instances, but that should be coming soon.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so embarrased in my life – Planespotting Live on BBC4 was , as ever from these types of shows, extraordinarily cringe-worthy, serving only to make those of us with an interest in aviation look like a bunch of weirdos with no lives.
(Shush, you know what I mean!) Continue reading
Well, today was supposed to be spent editing some footage I shot at Manchester Airport a couple of weeks back – instead, I’ve been working on some flashy title sequences…
Fun, but… not exactly getting the job done, especially as this was purely experimental footage.
Hopefully, I’ll get it done tomorrow.
It’s a lovely sunny day, so I will shortly be heading out, first to Barton/EGCB, then Manchester/MAN/EGCC for the evenings arrivals.
Part of todays events will include testing my phones suitability for video, mounted on top of my D3100 – recent experiments with a small, GoPro-style camera weren’t all that good (I’ll post some of the test footage from MAN when I get a chance to finish editing it), so I’m seeing if this is more feasible.
Should be fun, if nothing else! 😀