Dewayne’s Digital Photography Weekend Update 10-13/14-12 (Red Bull World Record Skydive)

Since it’s been a while since I posted much of anything, it was time to flex the blog just a bit.  The weekend began with a trip to the Krav Maga studios with some fun with a new student Deborah, who really gave me a workout.  I don’t instruct, but I do get to work with the newer students quite a bit and it’s a real blast.

Following Krav it was time to make a decision about the direction of the next couple of days.  One thing for sure, the new Kevin James comedy, “Here Comes The Boom” was high on the list.  While the movie hasn’t generated stellar reviews, if you spend any time at all in the business side of physical fitness, you’re sure to appreciate the role played by former UFC Heavywieght Champion Bas Ruten.  For those who don’t know, Bas finished his UFC career on a 22-fight winning streak.  One of my favorite anecdotes came from the way he approached his training, with the mentality if he didn’t pass out during his workout, then he wasn’t trying hard enough.  If you’re familiar with Bas Ruten, or any of his training tapes, you’re sure to enjoy the movie.

The second stop for the weekend, “Atlas Shrugged Part 2: The Strike”, a very interesting movie with a ton of information to mull over durting and after the film, but sure to keep you interested all through the ride.

The last stop for the weekend was a toss-up, spend the weekend looking at attractive bottoms… (No, there wasn’t a cheerleader convention in town.  The leaves have dropped in the mountains, the only foliage left is in the stream and riverbeds), or head down to Roswell for a world-record skydive from 24 miles over the surface of the Earth by “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner.  Well, a four-hour drive to Roswell didn’t seem entrely out of the question, so off I went.  Here’s a few shots of the preparation and takeoff from the Roswell Air Park.

Mission Control

The above image was taken 14 miles East of Roswell at Bottomless Lakes State Park, a mineral deposit (water-filled caves) and local swimming hole in the Roswell area. See the tiny white dot in the center/top?


The above image was shot of the fully inflated balloon at altitude just before the jump with a Tamron 300mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter giving an effective focal length of 420mm
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And here’s the Official (Not mine) Youtube video link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT1DhcQg0Os

This was an incredibloe accomplishment involving tons of equipent, millions of dollars and corporate sponsorship. Something that I would like to try in the future. But, I need a sponsor, do you think Fruit of the Loom would be interested?
 

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