Posing at The Regatta

One of the most fun things to do at the the Three Rivers Regatta is to watch the people. In today’s society it is not hard to find someone posing but this young lady makes it look good.

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Posing at the Regatta

The Three River’s Regatta

For the last 40 years in Pittsburgh August is the month of the Three Rivers Regatta Early this week I posted about an event at the rgeatta, the first Pittsburgh Flugtag sponsored by Red Bull..

So much fun at the Regatta is people watching. I have a friend who says he avoids the Regatta as if it were a Superfund Site. Our strategy is go early and leave early before the big crowds arrive. Here are some street shots from the day.

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Three Rivers Regatta

Three Rivers Regatta

Three Rivers Regatta

Pittsburgh Flugtag 2017

On Saturday we witnessed our first Flugtag which was held at The Pittsburgh Regatta for the first time. Flugtag means flight time in German.

It is an event event organized by Red Bull in which competitors attempt to fly home-made, human-powered flying machines. They are size-limited to around 133 feet and weight-limited to approximately 330 lb. A team of four pushes the pilot and vessel off a pier and in Pittsburgh over the Allegheny River. Well actually into the river because most of these flying machines rarely fly at all.

The world record for the longest flight is 258 feet. In the Pittsburgh wind yesterday the longest flight was 121 feet. The event raises a lot of money for charities around the world and it is a hoot to watch. Each team does a silly performance before their flight and crafts are designed with the area in mind. Yesterday there was a Pirogi Plane, a Flying Kielbasa and Mr Rodgers themed craft.

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Pittsburgh Flugtag

Pittsburgh Flugtag

Pittsburgh Flugtag

The Roseate Spoonbill

A lot of people visiting Florida think these birds are Flamingos when they see them in flight. Flamingos are not as common in Florida as many may think and are more native to South America and Central America. The spoonbill though is common in the southern United States. Mostly you will see them wading in wetlands but when they fly they truly look strange. These were photographed on Captiva Island in Florida.

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Roseate Spoonbills in Flight

Roseate Spoonbills in Flight

Fascination with Flight

I think we all have a fascination with flight. We dream about it. We study birds, build aircrafts and ride rollercoasters and other rides just to experience the sensation of flight. Wealthy people spend a lot of money to go up into space to experience free fall and hell people even jump out of plane to skydive and jump off of cliffs to experience the sensation of flight.

Looking through my images I realize as a photographer I have long been fascinated with the concept of flight. Here are a few of my favorite images on the subject.

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flight

In Flight

In Flight

In Flight

In Flight


Morning Flight

Fascination with Flight

Scenic Views Candidate #5—Pelican at Sunset

I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography. Right now I am reviewing images that are scenic or from nature. This is the silhouette of a pelican over the Gulf of Mexico taken at sunset on Sunset Beach Florida.

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Candidate #5 Pelican at Sunset

Candidate #5 Pelican at Sunset

Miscellaneous Pelicans

If you read this blog regularly you are probably saying, ok enough with the pelicans already! Well as you know I like these birds but I promise that these are the last for a while. I have been going through my images getting ready to clear the decks for our fall trip to Europe. I found these two images and thought they were too good to keep to myself. They were taken during February 2016 in Madeira Beach Florida at John’s Pass.

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pelican

Landing

Landing