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The show has begun

The show has begun
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3014 W: 919 N: 12213] (52775)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-01
Categories: Event, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Airshows [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-02 6:21
Viewed: 2191
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The show has begun

Yesterday my first posting of my weekend trip to the Air show in Ochey, while I was on my way to Nancy [No, Nancy is in this case NOT a woman], I posted it in the middle of the night (here in the Netherlands) went to bed immediately after the upload. When I opened the critiques read the comments of my TL-buddies…OK Anneke and John the Baron will never drive and make pictures at the same time again…. Promise ;-)

On July 1st a wonderful air show was presented by the French Armée de l’ air (French Air Force) on the air force base at Oichey near Nancy.
Although the weather wasn’t perfect (grey cloudy overcast) the temperature was perfect and on just one short occasion some drizzle for 30 minutes. Well the show started with the dropping of four parachutist from a Transall C160 transport aircraft.

In this picture the fist para which landed safely even like his three fellow jumpers. The show has begun!

PP-talk: Shot in RAW, imported in Nikon Editor, adjusted contrast and sharpened, converted to JPEG. Opened in Adobe PS, cropped, add frame and text and resized for TL.

Picture taken with a Sigma 70-300mm lens.

Image details:
ISO: 200
Metering: Matrix
Shutter: 1/1000
Aperture: f/8.0
White balance: Auto
Camera adjustment: increased metering with ½ stop OE.
Focal length: 170mm


A parachute is usually a soft fabric device used to slow the motion of an object through an atmosphere by creating drag. Parachutes are normally used to slow the descent of a person or object to Earth or another celestial body within an atmosphere. Drogue parachutes are also sometimes used to aid horizontal deceleration of a vehicle (a fixed-wing aircraft, or a drag racer), or to provide stability (tandem freefall, or space shuttle after touchdown). The word parachute comes from the French words para, protect or shield, and chute, the fall. Therefore parachute actually means "fall protection". Many modern parachutes are classified as semi-rigid wings, are quite maneuverable, and can facilitate a controlled descent similar to that of a glider. Although skydiving can have its thrills and excitements, it can be very dangerous too. Folding a parachute requires a high degree of skill, and an improperly folded parachute will not deploy, causing you to fall freely to the ground.

Parachutes were once made from silk but now they are almost always constructed from more durable woven nylon fabric, sometimes coated with silicone to improve performance and consistency over time. Originally silk was used for parachute suspension lines, but was replaced by nylon during World War II. When square (also called ram-air) parachutes were introduced, manufacturers switched to low-stretch materials like Dacron or zero-stretch materials like Spectra, Kevlar, Vectran and high-modulus aramids. Kevlar is rarely seen except on reserve canopies.

The below list malfunctions specific to round-parachutes. For malfunctions specific to square parachutes, see Malfunction (parachuting).
A "Mae West" is a type of round parachute malfunction which contorts the shape of the canopy into the appearance of a brassiere, presumably one suitable for a woman of Mae West's proportions.

"Squidding" occurs when a parachute fails to inflate properly and its sides are forced inside the canopy. This kind of malfunction occurred during parachute testing for the Mars Exploration Rover.
A "cigarette roll" occurs when a parachute deploys fully from the bag but fails to open. The parachute then appears as a vertical column of cloth (in the general shape of a cigarette), providing the jumper with very little drag. It is caused when one skirt of the canopy, instead of expanding outward, is blown against the opposite skirt. The column of nylon fabric, buffeted by the wind, rapidly heats from the friction of the nylon rubbing against nylon and can melt the fabric and fuse it together, preventing any hope of the canopy opening.

An "inversion" occurs when one skirt of the canopy blows between the suspension lines on the opposite side of the parachute and then catches air. That portion then forms a secondary lobe with the canopy inverted. The secondary lobe grows until the canopy turns completely inside out. (Text:

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hi Hans,
good capture
a nice diagonal inclination here.
Nice colours and focus.
Good graphic feeling - due to a more or less even toned background !
Well done.

Best regards, Daniel

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2007-07-02 6:25]

Hi Hans ;)))
Exscellent action photo and framing...TFS
Have a nice day,
J ;)

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2007-07-02 6:31]

First off Hans.. Congrats on this LOVELY SHARP photo.. excellent work..beaut composition..the red white and blue makes for an eyecatching photo.. and well presented as always!

Now who is this Nancy?...I think she is a woman you have been seeing, not a place.. now come on tell the truth.. he he..:-)

Thanks for sharing Hans, and I bet you had a real lovely weekend, although tiring..


Hans ... dit is PRACHTIG !

Die lens begint me ook meer-en-meer te interesseren !



Hi Hans :o)
Wow ! great shot ! With colors of France ... Yep :o) Excellent sharpness, colours and light and so well framed, congrat !!!
Friendly greetings from France

Wow! this is quite a spectacular shot Hans...
Absolutely good... nice colors and sharpness, good action!!!

Great one!

P.s.: Keep your shoes on this time!!!!

Nice, clear and crisp image. Good natural light. Interesting capture to look at. Well taken.

Hi Hans,
Why do people jump out of perfectly good aircraft?
I would have loved to do a jump when I was younger, but the other half would'nt have a bar of it.
My other passion apart from photography is aircraft, I fly radio controlled gliders for a hobby/sport.
Anyway... getting back to your shot, well focussed, well framed and great colours.

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-07-02 7:34]

Hallo Hans
wat een prachtige beeldvulling.
Gr Jos

Hi Hans,
It's a exscellent action shot, colorful and clear.
Looks beautiful. Your notes is good too.

Best Regards,

Hello Hans,

A parachut jumper!!! Very beautiful capture, perfect timing. Nice bright colors. Sharp well composed photo. TFS


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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-07-02 9:55]

Hi Hans...
Wonderful air photo.. lovely colors and I really think the frame adds to this one!
Well seen..
See you where in a bit of trouble with other TL members... :)


p.s. what differences to you notice with your new camera?

Hi Hans

Fantastic posting here, perfect crop and really neat framing. Cool notes too. :-)

TFS regards Helen

Wonderful capture. Excellent sharpness and details.
Did you change the BG or was the sky that color?

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  • Bianca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 59 N: 285] (1250)
  • [2007-07-02 11:06]

Hi Hans,

A well composed and spectacular photo! The colours come out great! Awesome! TFS! Greetings, Bianca.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-07-02 11:46]

merhaba myfriend Hans:
Wonderful capture. Excellent sharpness and details.

hello hans!
great catch of this parachutes, nice colors.

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  • Loon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 11 N: 91] (1163)
  • [2007-07-02 12:28]

Hi Hans,
I skipped the notes (too lazy to read 'em) ;)
You managed to shoot all diagonals and I love it. The colors are bright and vivid, the sharpness is good and the frame is well chosen.
Very well done my friend!

HI Hans, this is a great decisive moment, well shot, good space around the subject, graet colours, very sharp.

Well done! Yan :)

superb catch on this parachuter! nice colors! Great control of light shooting UP into the sky! I like it!

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-07-02 14:16]

Great capture! Nice bright colors and very cool pov! He looks like he's going to land on your frame! Very cool TFS

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-07-02 16:21]

Fabulous timing! the Composition, colours and details are spot-on!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-07-02 16:23]

Good one Hans! He looks like a clown walking on air holding the parachute in his hands. Well done.
And re your 1st paragraph - I bet that is a promise you won't keep!!
Cheers and kia ora

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2007-07-02 18:49]

Hi Hans
Great shot, action, all my compliments.
All the best

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2007-07-02 18:57]

Hi Hans,
Beautiful action shot,the colours ,details are perfect. Gut Gemacht.
Sonnige Grüße aus Freising.

Holy Cow!!! Those daring young men in their flying machines have nothing over this guy! Great capture of the action in vivid colors and clarity,
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Hans,

It's a superb picture. Very well captured with great detail. Lovely composition. Well done my friend.


Hoi Hans.
Real Dutch parachute. Did he landed into the circle ?
Excellent presented picture.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2007-07-03 19:54]

Good capture, nice colors & focus. Well done.

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