June 10th saw myself and a few family members take a trip to Christchurch to visit the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. The trip transpired because we became aware that their 80 Years in 80 Stories exhibition, which features life-size cut-out photographs of RNZAF members over the years, contains one of my father.
I had a day off work, the sun was out, and I was encouraged to leave the house. You know what happened next.
On Saturday, 15th April, I went to the Classic Fighters air show at Omaka with a couple of family members. For the first time, I experienced a Gold Pass ticket
With this being the last day of my "holiday" I decided the sunshine was a good reason to head out to Wellington Airport for my first visit of 2017, and just in time to watch the Singapore Airlines 777 landing again.
I've been taking part in some online discussions about the upcoming "Air Tattoo" at Ohakea next month. Mostly they centre around how horrible traffic is going to be in light of the disaster that was the 2012 event. At this stage I've decided I'm not going. While it's "on my doorstep" and relatively easy to get to, I'm just not keen on sitting in traffic and missing the show and having to pay for a ticket ahead of time for the privilege.
Meanwhile, I've been doubling down on the task of scanning my father's entire negative collection and after reaching 110 films complete, I thought I'd treat myself by scanning some of my own photos taken in my SLR days between 1986 and 2005. How ironic, then, that as I pulled some films off the top of a pile, I should come across four from the 1998 Ohakea Open Day.
I mentioned back in August that my Flickr album for Wellington Airport was nearing 1,000 images. After a recent cleanup of my photo collection, the album stood at 992 photos. Rather than wait until I had 8 new images to publish, I decided to trawl back through my collection for unpublished gems and they were the subject of my previous post.
Which brings us to the magic 1,000 photos and the promised "something special" to mark the occasion.
As you will see in a subsequent post, my Wellington Airport album on Flickr had nearly reached 1,000 images. Having spent a long time in my photo library of late, I had spotted a few aircraft that never made it to Flickr publication and so to get my album up to the magic 1,000, I decided to trawl through and see if I could find enough of that ilk to hit the mark.
I've spent a fair amount of time this year cleaning up the keywords on my aircraft photos, which I manage in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Having finally finished the task, I thought it might be useful to document the system I devised – one which evolved continually as I cleaned up.
I managed to get to the airport today just in time to see the third arrival of Singapore Airlines' SQ291 flight from Singapore and Canberra, along with quite few other spotters, as this was the first arrival on a weekend day.
There are close to 1,000 photos in my Wellington Airport album on Flickr and I've been planning a little something to celebrate reaching the milestone. While I was going over the contents of the album, it struck me there was something missing.