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A few Crop Duster Photos


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#1 tg1911

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:06 PM

A few shots of a crop duster, that was flying over the house the other day.
Rice planting time.

A shot of the pilot:
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Crossing the road, going behind the house:
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Coming up the road towards me:

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A nice reflection of the field, on the bottom of the wing:
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 05:31 PM

These guys are awesome to watch.  Great pictures!

 

I have a friend that use to do this for a living, until he clipped a power line.  He doesn't dust fields anymore.


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 06:16 PM

Thanks for taking the time to view/comment, dc3.

Yeah, I have crop fields on all 4 sides of my house, so I get lots of opportunities to watch them work.
In picture #3, from the equipment under the plane to the treeline, there is a landing strip running parallel to the road, that is used for loading fertilizer/poison later in the season.
It's not far from the house, about a ½ mile.
When my grandson is at the house, he and I will walk down there to watch them take-off, and land.
He loves being able to watch them up close, and personal.
Truth be told, so do I. :)

When I was going through the A&P school, there were a lot of duster mechanics coming through to get there certifications.
They had a lot of stories about duster pilots, getting into some pretty hairy situations.
Because of their having to fly at such a low altitude, and all of the obstructions they have to be constantly aware of, if you lose concentration for a second, it could be fatal.
You hear about duster crashes all of the time, around here.
Luckily, few are fatal.
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:15 AM

Great shots tg1911. :thumbup2: !!!

 

You have captured the action and atmosphere of being there. I see what you mean about the reflection under the wing. I like the perspective of the 2 above that; the detail with tractors and things and fading horizon with the plane just hanging in mid air!



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:36 PM

Thank you, violetrose.
I appreciate the comments.

They came out pretty good, but not quite what I wanted.
He was coming back so fast between runs, that I didn't have time to view images between shots, and make adjustments.
If I could have checked the images, I would have seen that I needed to drop back on the shutter speed a little.
That would have given me the full arc of the prop, blurred, instead of just a partial arc.
Oh well, It's not like I won't have a few dozen opportunities to try it again. :)
Maybe, next time.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:09 AM

Hmmm...I don't suppose it would be possible to hitch a ride with the pilot for a 'birds-eye view' opportunity ?! :)



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:19 AM

Not unless I want to ride on the wing. :)
They're single-seat aircraft.
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:21 AM

What happens when suit goes to inform dusters of government subsidy cuts...

...well, kinda.


Edited by quo, 08 May 2013 - 05:27 AM.





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