The Digital Photo Guy

Torrey Pines Gliderport

by on Jun.22, 2009, under Photos

Some photos from TPG in La Jolla, CA, Sunday, June 21, 2009. Most were with my 70-200/4. I tried my 300/2.8 but just didn’t need the reach and the zoom was much more useful.

Rider Up!  Incoming!  Come Fly with Me!

Legs, Don't Fail Me Now!  High Flyin' Trio  A Little Krazy Glue...

Photographing parasails and hang gliders is challenging because there just aren’t any good angles. It would be much more productive if I were up there with them but it will be a cold day in a very hot place before I throw myself over a cliff and hope the winds keep me aloft.

As they’re taking off, there’s no way to get in front of them. Once they’re up, it’s impossible to get both the sail and the pilot in a frame without sacrificing one or the other. When they’re directly overhead, all you get are butt shots.

In the last frame (above), my friend’s lens decided to commit suicide. It simply fell apart into 3 parts. I’d never before seen such a catastrophic failure.

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