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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnywalker
    I have an untested theory that people with poor senses of balance (like me) are afraid of heights. Balance is more important on high mountain trails, ladders and tightropes than it is in an airplane.
    I have otosclerosis in both middle ears and cochleas. I get vertigo easily. I have an FAA waiver for my hearing. I was still able to pull myself together and get out of a dual instructional 'graveyard spiral' under the hood before breaking the hard deck while suffering a severe case of vertigo from that blasted old fashioned 'clamps on your head too tight' welding shield type hood. I am also rated for aerobatics in the Aerobat. I climb a lot of tall trees and stay up in them for hours shooting birds. I'm also a certified commercial diver, have 11 parachute jumps in military T-36 both static line and free fall, and did the climb and rappel testing with SAR.

    So I wouldn't be TOO sure about that theory.

    But then, I haven't done the tightrope across Niagara yet either.
    Imitation cameras come with big egos, real cameras do not include accessories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD Morgan

    So I wouldn't be TOO sure about that theory.

    But then, I haven't done the tightrope across Niagara yet either.
    I may amend it and stick a few "tend to's" in there.
    On the other hand, I could say, "you're the exception that proves the rule" - naw, that expression is too dumb even for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inthedark
    I only have two phobias that I haven't resolved to date. Had many to start with and have overcome them all. The two left are airplanes and carnival rides. To make matters more interesting, we are socked in so I will only have about an hour on notice before we go up. AHAHAHAHAHHHHHHH!
    Chanting: I can do this, I can do this, I can do this. . . .. .. . :0
    Flying in small planes is a PLEASANT horizon-expanding experience. Flying a small plane is the icing on the cake. Don't let others phobias and fear affect you - think positively - the only danger is that you may enjoy it so much that you'll want to go again

    (from a night rated private pilot.)

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    I'm jealous! I adore small airplanes. Give me a dirt strip in Nevada and a stout southeasterly so that the poor little plane turns sideways 45 degrees as soon as the wheels leave the terra firma. Does that 645 have a real 1/1000 shutter. Flash doesn't stop action very well in the air.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    jimgalli, I don't know. . . .I told you all I'm not usually the photographer, just the darkroom. BUT since the guy who is taking me up to teach me this stuff IS the guy who sold me the camera for this type of job. . . .I'm guessing it can handle it. I will know more when we actually start shooting I suppose. I'll try to get back to an answer after I go up.

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    Good Day, everyone. I've been so busy, I haven't had time to let y'all know that on the 13th of Jan. I did in fact FINALLY get up in the air. It was fabulous, no problems at all. Now the fellow encouraging me to do this did say it was a particularly smooth day, so I guess I got lucky. The images have been printed up just fine, although I didn't end up with the scale I was expecting; I was easily able to bring it up 1500% on the big cameras and the customer is quite pleased so far.

    Anyway, thank you for all of your encouragements with my scardy cat-ness!

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    Good Job!!!! See, we all knew you could do it!
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    Congratulations. I hope you enjoyed the experience!
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    I hate to point this out, but you have yet to finish the assignment. (tch, tch) I don't see any of the images in your personal gallery yet.

    Seriously, congratulations on the accomplishment, even if the air was unusually smooth that day.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    rbarker, vertical overhead photography is about the boring-est stuff for a gallery. Either its clear or it isn't. But the top of the Lowe's super center just doesn't meet "gallery" requirements. Sorry I took so long to respond, things here have been beyond hectic with work coming out my ears till last week. And every free moment including most of last week has been prepping for a major remodel here at home.

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