Glider Ride and Red Mohawk

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My friend Tom Tauber had promised a ride in a glider awhile back. We were finally able to find a day that worked. What a blast!! Tom had a GoPro camera, so I took a few video clips of the event which can be seen by clicking on these links.  Me in the Glider #1 ,  Glider Ride #2,  Glider Landing #3.

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On the way home I stopped at a gas station to fill up and met Geoff. I had my Fuji 56mm 1.2 lens with me, so I gathered the courage to ask if I could get a couple of shots. We ended up having a delighful conversation where I learned he too is a photographer. I only wish I had a bit more courage to ask him to pose a little differently as I really wanted to get a side shot that would show the mohawk better.  None the less, another example of always having gear with you.  Sure am loving the 56mm Fuji lens.  I’ve never had 1.2 glass and man that creates bokeh!  Fun!

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13 Comments

  1. al campoli July 22, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    John,

    Great glider “Go Pro” video’s. Felt like I was there!!!! My wife and I did a glider flight in Hawaii and also at Van Sant field in Bucks County(Long before Go Pro was around!!) It’s amazing how peaceful it is with no engine noise.

    Great photo’s of the Mohawk Guy. And I remember when you used to say you weren’t a people photographer….;<)

  2. JB July 22, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Thanks Al, it was a great ride. As for “people” photography? I’m still scared to death!

  3. Bill Tongue July 22, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    That 56 forces you to find the courage to ask for those head shots. I really like the 2nd shot.

    • JB July 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      Yes it does Bill. Really wanted to see what that baby would do!

  4. betty July 22, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Oh sure…tempt me to buy that 56mm lens…and I thought I would be able to resist…LOL…great shots John…sure love your blog!

    • JB July 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

      I’m sorry! 🙂

  5. Stephan Dietrich July 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Awesome in so many ways!!! Great GoPro captures and experience! Smooth landing!! You never know who you will meet and discover what you have in common! Here’s to building comfort zones and turning fears into confidence!

    • JB July 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      I’m working on it Stephan!

  6. James Milligan July 23, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Great fun-might also suggest a hot air ballon.

    • JB July 23, 2014 at 10:25 am #

      That is on my bucket list too Jim.

  7. Bill July 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    How fun that glider ride looked! I loved the videos, especially the landing. In a glider you only have one shot at the landing. No touch and goes possible. Good for you, it must have been exciting. Definitely on my bucket list.

    • JB July 23, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

      It was great fun Bill. Never worried about safety to be honest…

  8. Steve L July 31, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Way to take advantage of a good opportunity!

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