Saturday, April 5, 2014


Last summer we were back home in our former little town of Big Flats, N.Y.  and took a trip up to Harris Hill.  At the top of the hill there is a beautiful scenic overlook of the valley we use to visit to watch the sailplanes take off from Harris Hill.  Living in this area for many years we were use to seeing sailplanes taking off and gliding in the skies over the valley.  It was always a sure sign of summer to see the first sailplane in the sky after a long N.Y. winter.  I made this five minute exposure  using a -13 ND filter pack.  It was a windy day with some interesting storm clouds in the sky. The sailplane was tethered to the ground but it still rocked back and forth with a good gust of wind.  Even though the sailplane would occationally rock to one side and back during the exposure the image was sharp.  This is because a long exposure doesn't record a shore duration of movement.
If you are ever in the area you should visit the Harris Hill Soaring Museum and take a ride in a sailplane. It is thrilling experience.

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