Saturday, October 10, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday - Tarmac Trouble

Shadow Shot Sunday, hosted by Hey Harriet, is a great meme, letting us capture shadows and the complex shapes of any object blocking out the sun. Even on an old print created from film!



The time is 1983, the place is on a runway at the Minneapolis-St Paul airport, the shadow from a United Airlines 737 from Chicago sitting on the now-closed runway. The passengers have deplaned and are waiting for the bus to transport them to the terminal.

Why were on the runway is an interesting story. Upon the landing at 145 MPH (230 KM/H) and roll out, the plane experienced a bunch of flat tires on the main landing gear. No danger, but a bumpy inconvenience for sure. These days, security could preclude capturing this shadow of a Boeing on a runway (even on digital). Luckily, I was able to get this beauty on film on my Pentax K1000. The print is old and losing the bold colors some, but the shadow stands up well!

See many shadows at this fun meme!



26 comments:

sarayutouched said...

...well that could make for some nervous folks!!! thank goodness it all turned out okay.

happy sss, have a great weekend!!!

Paula Scott said...

That would seem like you captured a bit of history there.
What a great shot! Love the fact that you went through your 'archives'.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Interesting story - wonderful shadow! Lucky that you captured it!

Sylvia K said...

A bumpy ride indeed! What a great shot and an interesting story!

Have a great day!

Sylvia

Rosebud Collection said...

The picture is great, but I would not like to have been on the plane and it having flat tires when landing..Whew!
Happy SSS.

foto CHIP said...

This is a really powerful shadow :)
Have a nice Sunday :)

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Awesome to capture the wings.

Have a blessed week-end!

Linda said...

Flying just ain't what it used to be, is it?

Great shadow shot!

Elizabeth said...

I'm always a little anxious round planes
but a really cool picture!

Sweet Repose said...

This is such a cool guy shot, my Dad and brother would love it, they are always taking shots of planes, trains and automobiles...love it, a bit nostalgic too....where was I in '83'...living in Denver I believe...thanks for the memories!

Pacey said...

Cool shot and it is effective in sepia tone too.

Quilt Works said...

I like this photo a lot. I think sepia was a great choice!

Thank you for your nice comments on my lighthouse. You were exactly right on location. Aren't we lucky to have such beautiful cost in NE? Glad you noticed the little reflection pool, I scouted that area for a long time during the day, and then stood there for many hours waiting for the sunset, because there was only one spot from which you can see the reflection, and I knew if I was there someone else would be there and I would not get the shot :-) That's dedication :-)

Rambling Woods said...

I always found the term to 'deplane' a little odd. But I am happy that no one was injured...Michelle

Hey Harriet said...

I love that this was shot on film. The slight fading of colours only adds to the magic of it. And yes, the shadow has stood up well. Still so nice and bold! A great photo!

Greyscale Territory said...

Intriguing old photo! It seems to have an essence of spirit somehow lost in our more modern digital formats! And enjoyed your explanation too!

Stine in Ontario said...

I really like this shadow, Ralph! Perfect!

maryt/theteach said...

Yes, Ralph, the shadows are excellent! :)

Patti said...

I like that you took this with your reliable old K-1000, my dear. I remember when we used film. ;-)

Bold shadow. boldly captured!

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Happily Retired Gal said...

Kewl shadows ;--)
Isn't it amazing what memories surface when we look through old photographs. One of these days I plan to spend time with my old prints ... and perhaps scan some to share too ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Ellie said...

Any bumpy ride on a plane is terrifying for me. I am trying to be brave though and usually enjoy flying. Kind of miss traveling right now. I can smell the metal on this photo. Great shadow!

Catherine said...

glad it was a safe landing.. and great solid shadow,...

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

Wow! I loved that you used your old camera! I have use expired film and the effects are pretty cool!
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~Mamí♥Rocío

Carletta said...

Great shadow!
With the amount of security today I'm afraid when I'm taking pics of airplanes that somebody is going to ask me what I'm doing and want to take me in for questioning. :)
Hope you have a great week ahead!

Evette Mendisabal said...

Great Shot. The fact that is an older photo gives it that lovely antiqued effect that you could take a lot of time to create in a post processing programme.
Very bold shadow indeed.

Bond said...

Very cool shot Ralph