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    The runway felt that...

    On first landing at Farnborough, this aircraft was at maximum overload with fuel and equipment. They left a dent in the runway.

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    Michael Davis Photography, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. maghin 83 months ago | reply

      OMG! Er, those were the days... or something like that!
      BTW that Hoya's pretty smart.

    2. stephen_dedalus 83 months ago | reply

      Aye, Farnborough back in RAE days. We spent most of practice week and all of airshow week sitting on the roof waiting for the aircraft to fly directly overhead. Pride of place was the 24' wind tunnel, where Ken Odgers had people in the clock tower by invitation only. Aerodynamics Department had all the best vantage points sewn up.

      The Hoya lens was a mainstay for several years. It was a fully manual 42mm screw fit. My dad has it now for use with his 1960s Asahi Pentax. I had a cheap (Vivitar?) 2x teleconverter I occasionally stuck on. My kit was all 1980s pocket money stuff.

      I've actually noticed while scanning these how bad a job the original processing was. The prints taken from these rolls appear underexposed and very badly cropped. For the previous shot the print has the starboard wing cropped at just outboard of the runway edge lights.

      One of the reasons why I gave up b&w in the past was that the prints looked too dark and the cost of processing was much higher than for colour. My recent experience with scanning my old negatives and running some b&w film through the FM2 has restored my faith in b&w film as a medium. I shot off another roll of HP5+ last weekend and I'm waiting for the CD-ROM back. The anticipation makes a real difference from the instant response you get from looking at the LCD, or sticking a memory card in the reader.

    3. Anfon 82 months ago | reply

      Processing your own film is not that difficult, a change bag and a tank will cost less than £20, or you cold go the whole hog and set up a darkroom. I still prefere film over my digi.

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