By Ted Grussing
… before I had to put the camera down and totally focus on the landing I am about to make at Sedona, landing on runway 3, engine off. Left hand operates the stick and the right hand flaps and top of the wing spoilers (metal boards that lift up on the top of the wing and spoil the aerodynamic flow of air over the surface resulting in a high sink rate). The first 1700+ hours I flew before getting the motorglider in 2007, were all glider hours … no engine for go arounds, you got it right the first time since that is all there is.
Because of this, even after getting the motorglider the vast majority of my landings at Sedona and other places have been engine off, because that it is what I did/do and besides, it is cool. In this shot I am set up to land about two thirds of the way down the runway and if I got things just right I could roll off the runway, across the taxi way and almost up to my shade. My friend John could get his to his hangar, but he rolled downhill the last part and mine was all uphill.
Fun memories … I took this shot a year ago today … shortly before sunset and with the sunlight traveling through so much more atmosphere, the higher frequency wave lengths of light, the blues, are filtered out and the lower frequency wave lengths make it through … the reds!
A great day today and I suspect that tomorrow will be too … can’t think of a reason it won’t be. Smile and share the joy in your life …
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In addition to sales of photographs already taken Ted does special shoots for patrons on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their airplanes in flight. All special photographic sessions are billed on an hourly basis.
Ted also does one-on-one workshops for those interested in learning the techniques he uses. By special arrangement Ted will do one-on-one aerial photography workshops which will include actual photo sessions in the air.
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