Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Don't Look Down

Quite literally 'hanging-out' over the Old Kent Road today, taking photos of a development for a big construction company. You can't get in to London past City Airport without using a 'Twin' and in this case it was the standard noisy Seneca II, borrowed from Stapleford, with the rear door removed.

From a photographer's perspective it's all a bit tricky. First of all, there's a large wing just forward of the door, with the port engine throwing out heat ripples behind it. Secondly, there's nothing between the photographer and the ground, a thousand feet below, except a worn-looking seat belt and thirdly, the only way you can get a decent shot straight down is have the aircraft tip almost on its left wing, with the result that after a few minutes of these higher 'G' manoevers, said photographer starts going a tinge of green.

I doubt readers have any photographic interest in an Old Kent Road gasworks being demolished, so here's one I shot earlier on a local theme, the Winter Gardens in Margate

And for anyone interested, here's a passing shot of the Olympic site at Stratford. It's coming along as you can see but it was very hazy today.


Jean said...

"and in this case it was the standard noisy Seneca II, "

See, airplanes do make noise, and plenty of it. Instead of sitting in one, try sitting underneath one. In your living room. In the evening. Trying to hear the 'punch line' in Morse.

Nice photos though.

DrMoores said...

Well, the more modern aircraft are less nosiy and you probably wouldn't notice the Seneca unless it was right above you at low level. To be honest I find traffic noiser and more intrusive but that's a penalty we pay for living in the world that followed the Wright brothers I suppose!

ascu75 aka Don said...

Dont remember Morse being on when I lived under the aircraft but I dont remember it bothering me either