Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Chase for Blimp

For many times, I wanted to get a good frame of the low-flying aircraft sometimes almost above our rooftop. I know it’s hovering nearby because of the low, humming sound emitted by its engine. And always, cannot get one. I’m maybe out at the backyard watering the plants, on the phone, in the kitchen, watching the news or just reading book. The sound would always prompt me to grab my digicam hoping that I can get a clear one. The limited capabilities of my camera just diminish my luck, though.
Going home from work, I chanced upon my target, luckily enough traffic light turned red so here’s the best shot of that moment.



But still I am not satisfied, I want to have my frame!
My wife has joined me in the watch for the aircraft.
One day while I was inside the house and she was watering the frontyard, she adviced me to grab the camera for there was my flying object. True enough it gave me the time for some shots and here they are.





The blimp seems parked on the tree branches, the clearest one I could take.



Then one afternoon while navigating the crowded 405 interstate from work, I chanced upon the blimp parked but getting ready for another take-off. Only I’m on the wrong side the aircraft parkway is on my left while I was driving south. This is the Goodyear Blimp Spirit of America with operation base at the city of Carson.



More beautiful skies on this link: Skywatch Friday.

24 comments:

  1. Looks like your patience paid off! Great shots of the blimp.

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  2. Yes, your patience surely did pay off! What terrific shots, Danton! Really great shots not only of the sky, but the blimp as well!

    Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  3. patience paid off really well. great shots.

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  4. good shot, blimps are slow, still you were lucky to take so many photos.

    I too try to shoot flying objects and got one with a helicopter and a great story to go with it.

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    Thanks for visiting.

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  5. Beautiful blimp.
    What is the different this Blimp form Zeppelin?.

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  6. Great shots! Patience pays. :) I loved the Blimp2 shot but the others were nice too.

    Have a great weekend Danton!

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  7. Hi, Tabib,

    Blimps keep their shape with internal overpressure, typically the only solid parts are the passenger car (gondola) and the tail fins while Zeppelins has a rigid metal alloy skeleton, made of rings and longitudinal girders. (Thanks to Wikipedia)

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  8. That's a sight we don't all get to see! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  9. Thanks for the explanation. We used to get them over our first house probably in the 90s, it was always very exciting. Well in reality it probably only happened twice.

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  10. You did well to capture the blimp. Awesome looking in the sky.

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  11. Oh wow! You did it! Isn't it a challenge to capture something like that?

    Thanks for the visit.

    AL

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  12. These are great. I love all the clouds and I like the idea of someone out stalking the blimp!

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  13. Those things are amazing! I've only ever seen one once, very high up in the sky. Nice captures!

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  14. I totally understand. Rarely a hot air balloon comes over our house...but it does happen once in a while..I am waiting with camera nearby!

    My brother got to "steer" the GoodYear blimp during a flight during the Seattle Worlds fair.. many years ago!

    Great shots!

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  15. Congratulations! Now you are ready to take on the Blue Angels! It's been a long time since a blimp has been in these parts, but the angels come every August. Thanks for spying on my blog & leaving a comment. :)

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  16. I like how you describe how you got the pictures of the flying blimp. Good morning to you, Danton.

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  17. These are a wonderful set of photos that took my breath away. I was born and spent my early years in San Francsico several blocks from the ocean. Blimps patrolled the coast waters and were used for live saving...they were quiet and used to scare the h... out of me as a young child when my siblings and me played on the beach as they would cast this ominous shadow.
    Thanks for sharing these great captures
    Smiles

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  18. Beautiful shots. You have got very good close up shots.

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  19. Great series of photos, my favorite was the blimp over the trees. Thanks for sharing your SWF.

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  20. A big blimp, don't see many of them. Nice photos.

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