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Pictures taken during May 2012

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Windsocks are useful for soft landings
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I get it
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Look! Skydivers! I've never actually seen jumps in person
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Floating down on a full canopy
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The instructor landed first by spinning around and losing altitude
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He made a perfect landing. Made it look easy
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Time to collect the parachute
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Heading back to the main building
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I thought it was funny that since the camera was mounted to a helmet, they had to hold the whole helmet to take any pictures
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A tandem jumper comes in for a landing
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Turning around
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Aaaand land on your butt!
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Red Canopy Guy has gathered his chute
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Time for the next load to go up!
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Checking a tandem jumper's harness
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Everyone get on board!
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The tandem jumper and his instructor have collected their various lines
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Takeoff!
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The jump is underway!
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You can see the drogue chute slowing and stabilizing the tandem jumpers
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Chute deployment!
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Let's see those canopies
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Flying around
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The tandem guys have a colorful canopy
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Losing altitude by turning rapidly
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Almost there
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Turning into the wind
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Final approach
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Perfect landing!
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I can't wait to try this myself
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My favorite photo of the shoot
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The parachute doesn't even look that big
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Below the tree line!
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Green Canopy comes in for a landing
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The tandem guys have been floating around for a while
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Collecting his canopy
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Final turn
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Legs up!
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Touchdown!
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That tandem chute is really huge
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Meeting the jumpers in the field
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Jumpers in freefall!
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For these last few, I switched to the 50mm. The difference in quality is obvious
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Lining up with the wind
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They make it look so easy
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A walk in the park, even
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Running out to meet the jumpers after another successful landing
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It isn't exactly a large operation
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It looks like the jumper is actively kneeing this poor guy in the face
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I took a peek at the repacking room
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They seemed surprised I was interested
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Double check!
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Ready for another jump
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Chilling with my iPad before the electronics meetup started
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Joe has an idea..
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It had just stopped raining when I came outside
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Neat lighting
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HSBC tower
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Spooky
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I would avoid this building in a zombie apocalypse
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Dandelion seeds!
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Scofflaw
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I hope they never tear this building down
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Future wallpaper
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Steel Winds turbines
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They're bigger than they look
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Riding along
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They may be weeds, but they still look cool
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Don't tell me what to do, sign!
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Picture of the day
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Boats
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Is that Iron Man on the back of that motorcycle?
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"What is this.."
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"Is it a replacement for me??"
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It's a plushie of Neil in a spacesuit!
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He's even got a flag
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He's naaaaked!
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Look at his tail!
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She also made me a pony hat. Yaaay Jules
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It's nice and shady here! I don't have to go on a walk through horrible glaring sunlight
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Trail
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Water!
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A little creek
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Rocks
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A trail through the woods.
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Leaves?
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Pipe!
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What's over there?
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Who brings a tire out here?
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Ack! Spiders!
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The elusive wild lens flare
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Reading in the woods
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Crazy sled ramp
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Being able to see through the floor freaked me out
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Ralph Wilson stadium with Buffalo in the distance
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Uhh.. maybe I should go home before the crazy cloud shelf arrives
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Gotta have beer, otherwise baseball is boring
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Hey look, baseball
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Conehead guy sold beer
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A hit!
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Run run run!
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A creepy bisons mascot
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Who needs beer? Everyone.
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Don't watch it, go!
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Pitch!
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His leg goes flying
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Ready for the pitch
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Foul!
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Will he steal second?
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End of the inning
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Back to your base!
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An even creepier bisons mascot
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Camera guy has some crazy eyes
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Watching the game
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The American pastime sure passes the time slowly..
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This guy was ridiculous
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The sleeveless Corona shirt really makes the look
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Dustin drunkenly debated private spaceflight with me
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This guy made me laugh.. he was taking flash photos of things that are far away with a kit lens
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Taking photos of the sun is tricky and dangerous
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Here I am trying to use a crappy pinhole projector to see the sun
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We didn't get to see much of the eclipse, but since it happened at sunset, we were able to look at it pretty easily
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I had the idea to use my lens to project the image of the sun using a lens
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This is how the camera sees!
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Look at that big chunk of the sun missing!
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I didn't get to see much of the eclipse, but what I did see was beautiful!
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A rainbow over Buffalo airport. I took it as a good sign that the flight would actually happen and I'd actually make it
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Sunset above the clouds
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About an hour and a half until liftoff and we're on our way to the launchpad!
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James waits on the wall mere feet from where we witnessed Space Shuttle Endeavour's final flight almost exactly a year ago.
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This was the best photo I could get of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle itself. The cloud coming off is excess oxygen gas
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The VAB stands tall with the Falcon 9 in the background (you'll have to really look hard to find it)
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The Falcon 9 had a flawless liftoff and sent the Dragon spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station and a date with history.
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The same image after a little bit of post processing. I got very lucky that this shot came out as well as it did.
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The whole experience had a dreamlike quality to it
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Well, I'm in the south (sort of) so we had to hit Waffle House
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James loves Waffle House
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I completely forgot to take a picture of me on the bridge, so this will have to do
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News coverage of the launch in the airpot
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After a whirlwind trip and not even six hours in Florida, I'm heading back to Buffalo! What an adventure!!
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Wings and beef on weck! A buffalo meal!
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The vent kept blasting Mom's hair up
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We visited my favorite decrepit building in Buffalo
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No trespassing!
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Taking Buzz for a walk.. on the porch
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Buzz is outside!
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