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Decisions, Decisions…

One of my webhosts is discontinuing one of the types of server I have with them – unfortunately, this means that my self-hosted Pixelfed instance, among other projects, would be going offline as I can’t afford to host them elsewhere at present.

And, as my Pixelfed instance appears to be pretty much not working right now, I’m switching back to my original account here with immediate effect. I’ll be losing all the posts I’ve made on my own instance over the last few months, but at least this one is working.

 

StuartB

 

Photo of the Day 5th March 2020 (Flybe In Memorium Edition)

With Flybe going in to Administration today, I thought I would post some previously unseen photos of them, and one of Jersey European, one of their predecessors.

Photo of the Day 2020-03-05 (Flybe In Memoriam)
Photo of the Day 2020-03-05 (Flybe In Memoriam) (July 9, 2014): G-JEDV, De Haviland Canada DHC8-402Q, Flybe, turning on to Runway 23L at Manchester Airport, 9th July 2014.

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Well, That Was Eventful…

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.

Etihad 787-9

(Notice the heat haze on the 787, from shooting across acres of hot tarmac on a warm, sunny day.)

Turkish A330 at Manchester Airport, 2019
Turkish A330-200

(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!

And He’s Back…

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! 😉 )

Fediverse Update

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.

Blog 12th June 2019

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.

Day Off + Sunny Weather = Day Out!

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! 😀

Lets see your photos!

This isn’t about Manchester Airport, or even about Spotting generally – but there are so many people worrying about putting photos up in the various Social Media groups when there are so many excellent photographers out there posting stunning shots.
The current banner for one FB group (Ryanair 737-200 parked at a snowy T2) is an old shot of mine – not because it’s any good (I’ll be the first to point out all its flaws), but because I was the only person to enter the banner competition.
I claim no particular skill at photography, nor at photo editing,but these images capture a moment in time, and I hope that people find them interesting, or bring back memories – and judging by the comments and conversations on some of them, I occasionally succeed.
So come on, everyone – share those photographic memories – some may critique your skills or abilities, while others (like me) will appreciate a trip down Amnesia Lane.
My usual drivel will return in 3… 2… 1… 😉
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