Spotting at Cannes #2

I’m starting to really like my new camera and understand how to use it properly. Here are some shots that I took at Cannes with it during last 3 months.

Most of the pictures were taken using the 55-250 mm STM, except this one :

Thunderstorm at Cannes

La pointe de l’aiguille under lightning

It was at night during a great thunderstorm in the sea that caused a lot of troubles in the air traffic from Nice to Toulon.

Cannes is also a place where there are a lot of interesting machines like this old Fouga (former plane used in the Patrouille de France before they switched to the Alpha Jet).

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There are also a lot helicopters (it represents almost half of the traffic during summer period with a top of 45% during august).

 

The biggest one is the first H175 used for VIP purposes as you can see on this article. The yellow and red EC145 is called Dragon as it is a rescue helicopter based in Cannes.

Calibration

In every French aiport, radio-equipements used by aircraft for instrumental approaches needs to be checked every year (and even more often in some cases).

One of the steps in the process is called in-flight calibration and is done by an ATR42 which is full of sensors (the kind of airplane where you should not use your phone ! 😛 ).

Here are some pictures in Cannes Mandelieu LFMD :

 

More information :

Localizer on Wikipedia

Flight Inspection Wikipedia (should be completed)

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Spotting the Super Blood Moon !

Last night I decided to watch the beautiful moon eclipse. The weather was clear in Toulouse (France) so I tried to photograph it with my Nikon Coolpix L820.
I used a tripod and I used the timer of the camera to avoid to have the blur of me pushing the button. After playing with the modes and settings here are my best shots :

It was very pleasant to watch and also poetic. What we could see was the shadow of our Mother Earth : our own shadow projected thousands of kilometers away.