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bluzman

bluzman

Member Since 23 Mar 2019
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NX Studio Updated to Version 1.0.1

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1961 Studebaker Hawk GT

26 June 2021 - 01:48 PM

On the last Saturday of each month, people bring their classic or modified cars and pickup trucks (it's Texas, after all :)) to our downtown area and display them around the historic square. As one would expect, many of the same vehicles are shown month after month. Occasionally, though, one that's not seen too often shows up. Today was one of those times when I saw a car I'd not seen before. The uniqueness of this car is described below.

 

"A 4-speed floor shift manual transmission became standard for 1961. Studebaker produced a total of 78,664 cars for 1961. Studebaker also produced a limited edition Studebaker Hawk called the 'Gran Turismo' and featured a four-barrel carbureted V8 mated to a four-speed transmission. They also had a dash plaque with the owner's name engraved on it. This model was different from the Gran Turismo Hawks that was offered between 1962 through 1964."

 

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Boeing B-29 FIFI

28 April 2021 - 02:38 PM

FIFI is a Boeing B-29 Superfortress. It is one of two B-29s that are currently flying in the world. It is owned by the Commemorative (formerly Confederate) Air Force and is based at the Vintage Flying Museum at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. It was flown into a local airport last weekend to be exhibited and to provide rides to attendees.

 

The images were captured with a Nikon Z 50 and NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens.

 

TAXI OUT

 

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TAKE OFF

 

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LANDING

 

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TAXI IN

 

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Red Tail Squadron P-51C Mustang

28 April 2021 - 02:17 PM

This old warbird, named "Tuskegee Airmen", was flown into a local airport for an exhibition last weekend. It was there courtesy of the Commemorative (formerly Confederate) Air Force (CAF). The Tuskegee Airmen flew this same model as their signature aircraft in WWII. The P-51Cs were built by North American Aviation in Dallas, TX. The particular aircraft served as a trainer in 1945, hence it is a two seater.

 

The images were captured with a Nikon Z 50 and NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens

1/1250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 180, FL 50 mm
 

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Big Cat Refuge

16 April 2021 - 01:35 PM

I had the opportunity this week to visit a place in Wylie, TX that is a home for some beautiful big cats...lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, etc. InSync Exotics (https://www.insyncexotics.org/) is a 501(3)c) non-profit organization that provides a permanent, safe residence for exotic cats that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. The folks who work there are mostly volunteers. While it was thrilling to see these beautiful creatures it was also saddening to consider the reasons that such a facility is needed.

 

Because these are wild, dangerous animals, they are kept in highly secure (although spacious) enclosures that are surrounded by double chain link fences. The area between the fences also provides a walkway for the folks who feed and care for the cats.

 

From a photography standpoint, getting images of decent quality is tough since you're trying to shoot through clear areas in two layers of chainlinks. To get anything resembling a "keeper", I set my FZ1000 II up for what Panasonic calls pinpoint autofocusing and used aperture priority. Here are some of the results.

 

 

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