Thursday, March 19, 2009

My Old Apartment

OK, continuing the "Flying Around Texas" theme, here's an aerial view of my apartment when I first moved to Texas. The following month I moved into my new house, but caught this shot before I moved.

To answer Rob's question: First off, if you've always wanted to fly, then go for it! It's the coolest thing ever. You'll need a minimum of 40 hours before you can test for your certificate (though usually it's more like 60-70 hours).

Once you're licensed, renting an airplane is usually a simple process. The FBO (fixed base operator) who owns the airplane will usually want you to do a quick flight with an instructor to make sure you're okay to rent. This is for insurance purposes. They'll go up with you and just observe. You'll do a few maneuvers and a couple landings, then you're cleared to rent whenever you want from them.

Back in 2001, a Cessna 172 ran around $85-95 an hour for an older plane ($125+ for a new bird). Plane rentals are usually "wet", which means the fuel is included. Also, when you rent an airplane, you pay by the time on the Hobbs meter, which records engine running time. So you don't pay for the airplane while you're sitting in the terminal having the cheeseburger you flew in for. I don't think hourly rates have changed much from back then.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Old School

I'm going to go a little old school today and show you a photo that I took back in 2001, shortly after I moved to Texas.

I took this photo just a few weeks after I moved to Texas. I went to Circuit City and bought my first digital camera so that I could document exploring my new home state.

I went down to the nearest airport and rented a Cessna 172 and went exploring. I snagged an aerial shot of Grainger Lake just outside of Austin.

Even though these photos were nothing special, I still like seeing them, because they remind of another life changing event.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Snow Play in Breckenridge

Ah yes, sledding in the mountains. This is why we moved to Colorado.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Science Bowl 2009 Trophy

I was the official photographer for the Rocky Mountain Regional Science Bowl 2009. Before the final round began in a large hall, I decided to set up and grab a few detail shots before the people arrived.

Lighting: 430EX camera left fired through a translucent umbrella. Vivitar 275HV fired into the banner, snooted with a roll of printer paper, and gelled blue.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Portrait Outtake

Trying to get serious photos out of a 2 year old