FYODOR From Russia, joined May 2005, 649 posts, RR: 16 Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3462 times:
I just want to share with you my small anniversary - 25 years since my first aviation shot was made.
It was marine pathfinder Il-14 flying over us when we were at ice fishing. Those time it was regular practice. Quality is low but I used nice but very primitive small camera Smena 8M. Even with altitude of 100-150 meters Il-14 was too far for my lens to make it better. Pluse I was young and just a beginner at photography.
My first aviation shot. Made at March 1984. Ice pathfinder Il-14 over Gulf of Finland.
Congrats with that milestone, Fyodor!! Nice picture and great memories!!
Quoting Spencer (Reply 1): This could turn into an interesting thread!
I would love to find my first aviation shot as well, but it will be very difficult to determine exactly which one was the real first... My father taught me about photography and I remember that I used his camera during the first air show visits (late sixties - early seventies), I am still searching for the oldest slide in my collection. I hope to be able to show it here soon
This was one of my very first aircraft photos, and definitely the very first one taken purely for the sake of the aircraft in it (others before that were snapshots of me and my friends in and around airplanes).
It was taken from the balcony on the top floor of a building situated near the end of the runway of the Tashkent airport. I used the FS-12 "Photosniper" camera based on the Zenith-ES SLR, with the Tair-3FS (300-4.5) lens; I borrowed the set from my uncle. The quality of the film and photographic paper was fairly low, hence the quality of the photo.
StealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5556 posts, RR: 47 Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3199 times:
Now for my "25 Year" contribution, well 31 years in fact.
Touching down on RWY 07 with the then 'new" tower in the background
Long gone airline taxis out towards a RWY34 departure.
Both these photos were taken in Jan 78 and from an observation deck that was then located at the Southern end of the International terminal at SYD.
This was IIRC the first time I had gone to SYD specifically to photograph aircraft. Equipment was Olympus OM-2, Vivitar 70-210mm Series 1 lens and uprated Ektachrome.
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PRM From Ghana, joined Apr 2002, 348 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3172 times:
Ooh a flashback thread!
Not quite 25 years, but 21 for me, and back to my early days at Gatwick's spectator deck in the late 1980's watching the processions of Dan Air 1-11's, Delta TriStars, BCAL and BA widebodies, Air Europe B737's.
First shots were with an Olympus RC35 compact, but quickly replaced by the time of this shot with my first real camera; a Canon AE-1 Program using a borrowed 135mm F2.8 prime Alas plenty of ''sky'' in my shots of that era
RG828 From Brazil, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3149 times:
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Its been 31 years since my first shot! It was a close-up of a PW JT9 that I took as we walked off a PanAm 747 in Guatemala in 1977.
I´ve had that picture for years until it got lost
The next oldest is this one I think:
Departing ANC on a Varig 707 bound for NRT, 1978
Can´t remember the exact details - it could have been 1977 as well - but we were beginning the final leg of the tortuous GIG-LIM-LAX-ANC-NRT Varig flight 830. I´ve always loved flying, but this trip was reaaalllyyy tiring for little kids like me.
I was 6 or 7, depending on the year! I remember a beautiful LH 707 taxiing right in front of me as we waited to board our 707 in ANC.
Camera was probably a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm f1.8 lens.
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Since it is a slide scan, I am not sure about the exact date (the last show of The Slivers was in 1975, so I now asked the database editors to change the date to early 1970's) and recently, someone who is writing a book on the Slivers, also contacted me with the question whether the location was really KB... That started me doubting again (I did find the slide in a box with other Starfighters from KB, but that is of course no guarantee since over the years, my boxes of slides have been subjected to several moves)... I am now trying to find other slides from the same time period/same aircraft to find a 100% match, but this is not easy...
If I remember correctly, one of the real first aviation pictures I took - with my father's camera - was when the Thunderbirds visited Belgium with their Phantom's. Don't remember the year Anybody who can point me in the right direction? If this thread is still alive when I find these slides, I will try to post them!
Kereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 48 Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3100 times:
Great to see some of the old aircraft. Thanks for starting this thread.
I am not sure which one is my first aviation shot but I have these from very early in my photography experience. I had my first experience with photography in the late 1950s when I borrowed my mums Kodak box brownie. I wished I had a slr and good lens then as Operation Deep Freeze Globemasters would fly over our house to Whenuapai. A B29 flew over too but it was probable the tanker version.
FYODOR From Russia, joined May 2005, 649 posts, RR: 16 Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3040 times:
Thanks to all! Realy happy the thread had attracted people's interest. Always interesting to see men's starting points.
Quoting Spencer (Reply 1): I'm going to dig out my first shot, from the late 70s.
I'd spent a certain time to find it amidst the mountains of old papers, photos and films. I was almost sure I'd lost it after I'd changed my apartments. But lucky I'm - I'd got it.
Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 3): Kinda like that one better than the recent stuff fyodor
Yeh... Great times, great planes. While we scanned it with Sergey Tsvetkov (http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?photographersearch=Sergei+Tsvetkov+-+Russian+AviaPhoto+Team&distinct_entry=true&sort_order=views+desc&page=1&page_limit=25) we talked how great would be to go with current experience and equipment to 60-70-80s with time machine
Btw - we have to be thanks to the Soviet Union collapse - otherwise hardly to imagine we still would have Tu-134, An-24 etc. at operation. Crisis after 1991 freezed local aviation transport for the years and didn't give a chance for Il114, Tu204, Tu334 to replace old staff. Not good for industry but somehow good for aviation photographers.