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10-15-2005 07:37 PM  13 years agoPost 1
GMcNair

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This is to-date the most exciting aerial gig I have landed. A week ago I was on a portrait model shoot in downtown and spotted a heavy-lift operation going on. This is a rare occurrence in Birmingham, as not much work takes place on our skyline. I met with the pilot, gave him my card (more or less to have made a contact in the industry), and got a phone call from him a few days later. He wanted me to shoot air-to-air and capture the completion of the job he was on. What a unique opportunity! Wachovia Bank purchased Southtrust Bank, and the job a week ago was to remove the old logo signs and put up two of the new ones. The job this morning was to complete the install of the final two signs. The Wachovia logo is still covered in the Southtrust logo until the "grand event" whenever that will be. One of the photos shows a few of the rigging crew, and you'll notice above the "S" a person standing on the precipice of a 45 degree inclined glass facade, hooked in to the rooftop, and assisting with the placement. And yes, that guys teabags are so big they were touching the street 454 feet below.

Enjoy!

The following photo is a crop of the above photo to show the heat ripples created by the exhaust.

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10-15-2005 07:44 PM  13 years agoPost 2
JestRR

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Good for you Greg!! ( Meaning that you suck and i wish i had your job for the day!!!)

Good to see that you are getting some exposure!!! Great gig too!!!

Mike Spinner
Florence OR
SCALE JUNKIE!!
NORTHWEST SCALEWORKS

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10-15-2005 08:02 PM  13 years agoPost 3
xcellgasman101

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Way to Go!!!! that is awesome,, I'll bet that was a day you will not soon forget.. Congrats... XGM formally known as John Crotts

John Crotts
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10-15-2005 08:03 PM  13 years agoPost 4
HUTCH964

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Greg Very Nice!
I'm with JestRR "You Such Big Time !"

That is what I look for is an air-air job that is just great Amigo!

Great Photo's toooooo! Dog!


*****

Tim

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10-15-2005 08:51 PM  13 years agoPost 5
GMcNair

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Glad you guys enjoyed them as much as I did!

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10-15-2005 09:13 PM  13 years agoPost 6
cwd10

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Those are by far, the coolest photos I have EVER seen on this site. Good job. We need more interesting stuff like this.

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10-15-2005 09:15 PM  13 years agoPost 7
CrashTestDummy

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Simply put... very very cool stuff.

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10-15-2005 09:51 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Sar

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That's cool! Did you fly from the ground or off the top of a building somehwere?

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Jon

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10-15-2005 09:56 PM  13 years agoPost 9
Dakine

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Congrats Greg!

Not used to seeing shots of other full scale from above here.

Cool!

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10-15-2005 10:48 PM  13 years agoPost 10
GMcNair

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You guys are too kind, thank you. I'm grinning ear to ear right now! Jon, I shot all of those from an R22. I realize that takes the "fun" out of it for not being done from an r/c aircraft, but there's no way that could have been safely pulled off otherwise. We weren't even able to communicate with the pilot of the Siko because he has to concentrate on what he's doing, and communicating with his ground folks. Imagine if he had to worry about an r/c aircraft flying nearby! We kept a very distant separation, and I used a 100-300mm lens for some shots, a 17-85 for others. My favorites by far are the long lens shots though. I wish the colors could have been a bit better, but we had a hazy morning, and these were shot at 830am...barely enough time to get the sun over the mountain. I had to do some PS'ing to remove the haze.

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10-16-2005 12:57 AM  13 years agoPost 11
uh60ce

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you make me sick :P but in a good way. if you don't send the construction copany copies of those you're a fool...those are too cool !

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10-16-2005 02:51 AM  13 years agoPost 12
R Hudson

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Man, you couldn't pay me enough to go up in a helicopter and shoot another helicopter in action!!!

Wait! That's someone else!

Of course I would!

Great shots man! I'm envious. You know, as much as I'm into helis, you'd think that I would have at least taken a ride by now, but the opportunity hasn't presented itself yet.

I've heard that there's a crazy Hughes 500 pilot near here that flys underneath bridges. Maybe I should get a hold of him

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10-16-2005 05:14 AM  13 years agoPost 13
GMcNair

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Larry, it was the construction helicopter company that hired me to take those.

Hudson, jump on it...soon. You'll never regret it!

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10-16-2005 05:26 AM  13 years agoPost 14
FCM

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Great pics Greg and an interesting heli. I wonder what engine they have in it - a PT6 maybe?

Great to see such an old bird still flying and earning its living. That pilot sure earnt his money that day as well as the maniac standing on the sloping roof

Paul.

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10-16-2005 03:24 PM  13 years agoPost 15
daggit

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Thats just cool!

mine doesn't compare

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10-16-2005 04:18 PM  13 years agoPost 16
jeffscholl

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Nice work Greg!

Anybody remember the 80's TV show "Riptide" that had a pink S-58 with a mouth painted on the front?
http://www.rotaryaction.com/pages/riptide.html

Cheers,
Jeff Scholl
GravityShots.com

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10-16-2005 04:21 PM  13 years agoPost 17
GMcNair

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Birmingham AL

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Thanks guys. Who could forget Mimi Jeff?! What an icon of the 80's!

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10-16-2005 06:07 PM  13 years agoPost 18
fitenfyr

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Oh yeah...
I watched that show ONLY for the helicopter.
Even the girls were not interesting to me at that age, but that helicopter was cool.

There is a company in Europe that makes an S-58 fuse. Many an idle thought has been put into making a scale Mimi.

Jason Stiffey
Fly Fast....Live Slow...

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10-16-2005 06:26 PM  13 years agoPost 19
Torsten

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Glückwunsch Greg !

great shots and good exposure !

t

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10-17-2005 02:41 AM  13 years agoPost 20
GMcNair

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Danke Torsten!

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