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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-18
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Decisive Moment, Action
Camera: Minolta Z1
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Green Baron Dutch landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-03 6:11
Viewed: 2841
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

After fixing a Fokker 100 aircraft in Lyon (France) I flew together with pilot and co-pilot back to Amsterdam airport Schiphol to let this baby fly revenue flights. So after a splendid pass by along the Dutch coast (I could wave to JohnT in The Hague!) we made a hard right turn over the Noordzee canal and the docks at IJmuiden to catch the Polderbaan localizer for a quick landing. You must know everything happened according flying rules no illegal manoeuvres or whatsoever! Due we were caring no passengers nor cargo the aircraft wasnít very heavy, the only ballast on board was Ďmoií and my toolbox. Anyhow, you can clearly see the IJmuiden pier and the docks ten miles further are the Amsterdam docks situated. At the left side you still can see partly the Corus steel factory, which can be better observed in the WS, were you can see a picture taken five seconds before this one. The landing was of course uneventful and after disembarking the craft rushed for home after some days working without too much sleep. Job well done!

The picture is not as sharp as I whished, you have to keep in mind I was sitting in between the pilots aiming through the cockpit windows in a bumpy aircraft. I hope you forgive me.

- sharpen
- used noise filter
- increased saturation (+15)
- increased contrast (+8)
- adjusted colour levels


Fokker was a Dutch aircraft manufacturer named after its founder, Anthony Fokker.
The company was founded on February 22, 1912 by Dutchman Anthony Fokker one of the world's early aviation pioneers. At age 20, he had built his first plane, the Spin (Spider), the first Dutch-built plane to fly in his home country. In 1912, he founded his first own company, Fokker Aeroplanbau in Berlin, Germany, later moving to Schwerin.

There, Fokker built planes for the German army during World War I Fokker like the Dr.I triplane used by Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. Some of Fokker's early monoplanes were insufficiently tested and had a tendency to warp and come apart under hard maneuvering.

In 1958, the Fokker F-27 "Friendship" was introduced, which became the world's best selling turboprop airliner. The F-27 was followed by the Fokker F-28, the Fokker F50, the Fokker F70 and the Fokker F100.

In 1996 the Fokker company was declared bankrupt, but some parts of the company survived. The space division became an independent company known as Dutch Space. This company was later purchased by EADS in 2005. Those parts of the company that manufactured parts of planes and carried out maintenance and repair work were taken over by Stork N.V.; it is now known as Stork Aerospace Group. Stork Fokker exists to sustain remarketing of the company's existing aircraft. (Text Wikipedia.com)

Kilted-Arab, pablominto, samansarraf, cstathoulis, eyesthetix, vandana2923, shelbeesmom, Silvio2006, ScottHale, Janice, PierreFrigon, puffy has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To puffy: Sit with pilot?GreenBaron 1 01-05 07:03
To Dawn: Aircraft engineer...GreenBaron 1 01-04 15:39
To ScottHale: Airport...GreenBaron 2 01-03 17:06
To ttreen: Buckled in..GreenBaron 1 01-03 13:17
To shelbeesmom: Breakfast..GreenBaron 1 01-03 11:27
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Neat idea, great note and I love the angle this is taken from - that makes the image for me and does let you feel as though you are in flight.

Lots of bits and pieces in the scene to catch you eye as well - good post.

Hello Hans,
Interesting point of view! Of course!
The details come through quite well, interesting colours partly because of windows I guess...
Composition works well, and the image tells the story with many interesting details!
Pablo -

A good aviation shot Hans! I take it that you were, at this point, "turning on short" to the localiser?
I like the tilt and I think that the detail is fine, despite what you say at the end of your note. The exposure and composition are fine too. I like all of your very informative note, and thank you for taking the time and effort to provide it.
Best wishes

Hello Dear Hans
Itís a nice shot and in my opinion, you took it well. I like its composition and cadre. I read your comment about this photo and itís perfect. I give it useful mark.
Thank you very much for sharing

  • Hitbit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 417 W: 159 N: 451] (5918)
  • [2007-01-03 7:23]

Wat prachtig shot Hans,van dit impossante complex. Zeker voor de door jou omschreven omstandigheden heel goed gelukt. Er is een hoop te zien dus een lekker kijkplaatje!

Grtz Pim

Hi Hans,

What a dynamic POV in this photo!!! It's so vivid almost like I fly with you...! :))
You were very lucky you had the opportunity of such an amazing and exciting view! I wish I could join you... :))

Nice details and presentation!

Well done and TFS

hello Hans,
great picture. Your note is brilliant.
I think flying is cool. My uncle used to be a commercial pilot for West African Airways (he was one of the very first West African pilots - in the 1950s) and then later for Nigeria Airways. Nigeria Airways used the F27 and F28 aircrafts, I remember the F28 front door was also it's gangway ;-) I also travelled in the F27 a couple of times before. The overhead mounted wings meant the view out of all windows was stunning!

Your notes bring back some fond memories! ;-)
I've been in the cockpits (during flight) of a number of aircraft. In fact once, seating in the jumpseat behind the pilots for an entire flight (right from taxing through to take-off, landing and taxing to the terminal)in a BAC 1-11, a most memorable experience.
This was of course in the days before September 11th!

Anyway back to your picture. i think you captured the moment well.

Well done.
Best regards, Daniel

PS: As you seem to be keen on aircraft there is this site i think you might find interesting. It also has some really interesting aviation photots, and other bits ( www.vc10.net ) It's the site of a young Dutch pilot.
In fact you can imagine my delight when, on the same site, i discovered there an article that features my uncle! I'm so proud of him ;-)

Oh this pic makes me dizzy....B-X..... I'm losing my breakfast!...HAHAHA! Nice shot Hans! Great colors!

Hallo Hans.
Ik geniet niet alleen van de opname maar ook van je verhaal. Uit de lucht gezien is de wereld vaak nog mooier zeker als je wat lager kan vliegen. De verhalen van de Fokker F-27 zijn altijd indrukwekkend en daar heb ik al veel van gelezen. Kanp werk en een genot om je werk te kunnen zien.
Groet Frans

Excellent compo, colours and framing, very original POV. Very impressive.



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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-01-03 12:36]
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WOW Hans
What an amazing air shot. The colors are so nice... Brave you taking shots in a plane not buckled in with eyes closed! ;)


Hi Hans, an original view, it seems to fly with you, interesting note, very well done, ciao Silvio

Stll not totally over my jet lag this image almost made my head spin which makes it very effective. Very cool image because of the airport in the water. I thought Japan was crazy for putting the main airport so far from Tokyo (an hour and a half by bus) but this takes the cake.
Great POV here.

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2007-01-03 16:02]

Very much I like such views. Unfortunately I cannot admire them in kind. I am pleased that I can watch them on TL thanks to you Hans.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-01-03 21:08]

Very interesting - the photo and the notes. Thanks Hans, you've captured the land and buildings really well. TFS

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2007-01-04 3:15]

Ongelooflijk mooi zicht!

Hi Hans, nice arial shot. Good composition. :) Vandana


  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-04 15:29]

Hallo Hans.
Nice 'space'shot.
Even more better, I like your info.
My last 'Big' project, was the relocation of all the remaining parts of Stork Fokker Aerospace, to the Main Factory at Papendrecht.
It was an enormous but very interesting job.
My employer was Stork Wescon (for 38 years)

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2007-01-04 15:32]
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Ah so now I know, not only are you a photographer, your an aircraft mechanical technican (correct name for it ?)..hence the love of planes and airports etc etc..

Great photo, but as you say not the sharpest, but I like your composition, makes me feel im actually on the plane, just as the planes turning... and OH YES... I see Johnny Tulip..and hes waving to me... hehe...

Thanks for your interesting notes Hans...excellent as always..

Warmest wishes

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-01-04 16:08]

Hi Hans

It really does feel like you are on the plane here. I don't usually like a slanted horizon but it really works here



Wow, what a view. Excellent capture.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-01-05 6:01]
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Hello Hans,

Amazing POV... very intersting too. :P Wooo... they let you sit in there with the pilot? Man you are lucky... :D

Well.. let me see.. I will definatelly forgive you, but for what? hehehehe, the shot is great, even thought you might not think it is sharp, but I think it is as most of us know what is like to take a photo from within the windows of a plane. I would said this is excellent work my dear friend, plus your notes... just bonus... add more to my knowledge. :D Well done my dear, thanks for sharing


Hello Hans!

If I do have good opportunities with ships. You are indeed very lucky to get so many opportinities with planes (^_^).

Not the best quality indeed, but airplanes windows are rarely
clear and clean (^_^) Too bad for us, travellers. Nevertheless, a great composition here, and once again a very informatve and useful note.

Beautiful picture!
Iíve always wanted to be pilot and I love heights!

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  • Alba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 537 W: 0 N: 206] (2760)
  • [2007-01-07 18:08]

Hi Hans,
Beautiful aerial view, with a wide range of blue and green, sharp enough according to circumstances, congratulations!

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