Lets see, I have a few.
Going back to 1998 or 99 when Concorde visited MAN
, I took the camera (a normal household camera - I never cared for photography at that time), there was some film in it and I was told that there was 36 blanks. So I am there at the viewing park and start popping off shots of the outbound
American stuff - AA
when I hear the camera making a funny noise (like I said, I never cared for photography but I did guess that it was winding back) well it was, it was a 24 not a 36 so all my careful planning went balls up and I just had to watch.
October 2003 - MAN
, Concorde (G-BOAG) visits on the farewell tour, I manage to grab a place on the side of the first mound at the viewing park with my dad - just infront but below the hardcore A-netters, I was using my dad's digital camera (I didn't get mine for another three weeks), Concorde finally begins the approach and I have it lined in my sights and am following her in, when bam, I get a brilliant clear photo of the back of someone's head at close range. Fortunatley I managed to recover and get a good shot of the main gear touching and the nose gear too.
Jan 2004 - The Monarch A300 (G-OJMR) which I am sure is the only one in old colours was a real surprise visitor (to me who never checked the schedule). I was still getting used to my camera so as I was following it in, i thought I had a great shot - which I did, just it is missing the tail! So me and my dad waited about two-three hours and finally decide to go home, I'm stood at the car and I hear something so I start walking back to the mound and I see her coming at me. I manage to get about 15 shots of her taxing past, the problem was I was so damn cold I couldn't stop shaking so every picture was written off, only the tail shot which took so much sharpening made it onto the JP
database - I didn't bother here because I knew there was no way it would get in. I only think they accepted it out of pity.
Last night - MAN
- T1 Car park roof - Well it was dark, just decided to go to the airport with my dad for an hour. My dad got talking to some guy who was shooting - I guess he was from here. When I hear something coming around Pier C, I look and see the large 'M' - It was G-OJMR again. This was the third time I see it with my camera (the second it was windy on the roof but I did get them into JP
not here though). I leg it over there and pop off about 30 shots of her, I get home and not a single bloomin shot of anything last night was salvagable. All 60 shots were W/O, because of the light my lens stays open just a little longer to focus and well - it shakes too easily.
Thats why the Monarch A300 in Old Colours is my Unicorn - Something always goes wrong when I see her.
My Bat went today, lucily I had just bought some new ones but they went as I was lining up a shot on a KL
Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil