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Aviation Photographer Dely Among Missing After Airshow PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Monday, 15 August 2011 15:57

Frans Dely, South African aviation photographerSouth African aviation photographer Frans Dely is believed to be among the 12 people aboard two Piaggio P166 Albatross aircraft, which were flying in formation after leaving the Tzaneen Air Show in Tzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa.  The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control about 30 minutes after their departure.

Search and rescue effort are concentrating on rugged George’s Valley, between Polokwane and Tzaneen, accessible only by helicopter.

It is believed that one of the flights was being piloted by Brian Gruar. At this stage it is not known who piloted the second plane. In addition to Dely and the pilots, it's reported that the missing include Tess Spence and Louise Warden, who are married to pilots Dennis Spence and Glen Warden, and Linda Pierce, the fiancée of Aviation magazine editor Athol Franz.

Frans Dely is a personal friend of mine.  We met, sharing some refreshments and story telling at Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI in July 2010, during an informal gathering of International Society for Aviation Photography (ISAP) members, to which we both belong.  I last chatted with Frans in mid July.  He owns AvPix (avpix.co.za).

The aviation photography community is anxiously awaiting good news on the whereabouts of this world class photographer and the others involved.

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2011 16:28
Kirby Chambliss 1278 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 August 2011 22:08

Kirby ChamblissKirby Chambliss waves from his Zivko Edge 540. Learn more about Chambliss at TeamChambliss.com.

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Skip Stewart 9632 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 August 2011 21:42

Skip StewartHigh-energy aerobatics pilot Skip Stewart in his 400 hp modified Pitts S-2S, which he's named "Prometheus."

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Kitty Hawk Bay 8416 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 July 2011 14:48

Sunset over Kitty Hawk BaySunset over Kitty Hawk Bay, on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

This is an example of an image made several minutes after the sun sinks below the horizon. Often, the range of luminosity becomes more manageable, the colors more subtle, and textures are delicately enhanced.  I had my camera with a 10-20mm lens, on a tripod, low to make that rippled mud predominate.  I waited and was rewarded.

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2011 15:06
Nature's Sand Sculptures PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Sunday, 03 July 2011 15:10

The relentless winds that made the Outer Banks attractive to the Wright Brothers for their experiments in flight, also provide ever-changing artwork in the sands.

Pattern in sand Ridges in sand, resembling mountains
Pattern in wind-blown sand on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Among the fleeting sculptures on wind battered Jockey's Ridge are these ridges, resembling miniature mountain ranges.  The low angle of the sun near dusk accentuated the textures on this ever changing palette.


Windblown bowl in sand Winds have whipped out this bowl shaped hollow in Jockey's Ridge sand dune, showing the stratification of the different types of sand on the dune.  By the next day, this will be replaced by another formation as winds, rain, and footprints continuously transform the landscapes of the tallest dune on the US East Coast.


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Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2011 16:09
Wind Blown, Pea Island PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 July 2011 16:53

Sand dune and wind-whipped river of sand.A sand dune on Pea Island, on a brilliant, but bitterly cold and windy day.   Winds can create rivers of flowing sand, as seen crossing left to right in this image.

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