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Week 8+1

Posted in Picture of the week, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2011 by brettvanort

Yes, I went hipstamatic this week.  Was out and about during the royal wedding and heard the sound of fighter jets coming nearby.  I managed to get the phone out quick enough to capture this one.  At first I thought not much of it, but the more I looked at the photo I thought it strange that a military flyover coincided with the royal wedding.  Then I realized that beyond the tree in the foreground this exact scene could have been played out over the skies of Libya at that very moment.  With the plethora of imagery coming out of conflict zones on iPhones now that Damon Winter’s work has been validated by POYI awards, I felt this image blurred the lines even more.

So you choose: Sky over Central London or Sky over Libya.

51º 13' 34" N 0º 06' 45" W


Hatton Cross

Posted in Heathrow Project with tags , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by brettvanort


I already have a shot of a plane from the vantage point in Sipson where the 3rd runway will be built.  I needed to see if I could find a shot of what it will be like for those that are left behind on both sides of the new proposed runway.  So I went on Google Earth of course and tried to find where the closest houses where to the two existing runways.  I found what I was looking for at Hatton Cross.  As the planes came in I followed them closer and closer to the runway.  I found about four houses literally right next to the tarmac.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a family drive up to one of the houses and get out with groceries and the days worth of shopping.

The noise was deafening.

The noise was deafening.

I kept photographing and eventually a 747 came overhead.  I said the 737 was loud?  This was almost unbearable.  And I didn’t do any funky lens tricks or anything folks.  This is shot on a 28mm.  That should give you an idea of where the plane is in relation to the ground/house/me.



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