Hyakuri March 2019 - now with added sunshine!

Hyakuri March 2019 - now with added sunshine!

Postby Wes_Howes on Sun 09 Feb 2020, 12:43 pm

I've finally gotten around to editing some pictures from Mike and I's trip to Hyakuri last year. I've looked at these pictures so many times but just been a bit daunted about where to begin so here's the first batch from the first day (although technically the second...) and as you can see the weather was not the best but it did mean that we had the peace towers to ourselves.

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ImageIMG_0978 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_1033 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_1085 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_1149 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_1310 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_1344 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_1497 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_1670 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

9. A nice visitor arrived at lunch time.
ImageIMG_1763 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

10. 301sqn came out to play
ImageIMG_1850 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2091 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2137 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2279 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2636 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2739 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2956 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2992 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3003 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3035 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

I'll sort through photos from day 2 and update the thread soon but needless to say the weather was greatly improved from day 1!

Thanks for looking, comments and criticism welcome as always. :smile:

Cheers

Wes
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Re: Hyakuri March 2019

Postby Reaper02 on Mon 10 Feb 2020, 12:55 pm

Nice Wes, thanks for sharing! To bad about the weather at Hyakuri, but curious about what's to come!

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Re: Hyakuri March 2019

Postby harkins on Tue 11 Feb 2020, 7:38 am

Great photos Wes. I know bright sunshine and blue skies is what many consider the most important aspect of an aircraft photo, but personally, I think that your photos are great and have an atmosphere that I haven't seen in many of the very many other Hyakuri posts (and no heat haze). And besides, I've also learnt while standing on that scaffold tower that good weather and good movements do not go hand in hand either. Staring at closed hangar doors for 10 hours in sunshine is not a great experience :sad:

1, 4, 11, 13 and 17 are particular favourites of mine.
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Re: Hyakuri March 2019

Postby Blackbird on Tue 11 Feb 2020, 10:28 am

A really good set :clap: :clap: I completely agree with Harkins' comments about the weather creating atmosphere.

Andy :smile:
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Re: Hyakuri March 2019

Postby Wes_Howes on Tue 11 Feb 2020, 4:51 pm

Thank you for your kind words gents, it's given me fresh imputus to go through the rain-soaked images and process a few more before going onto the fairer weather.

In hindsight, I'm rather pleased we got to see the Phantoms in less than ideal conditions too.
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Re: Hyakuri March 2019

Postby TonyB on Tue 11 Feb 2020, 5:47 pm

Bei Sonne kann jeder. It´s a saying in German which when translated roughly means that when the Sun shines, anyone can take a photo.

Your photos are an excellent example of how much can be made out of less than perfect conditions. Love to see more.
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Re: Hyakuri March 2019

Postby Wes_Howes on Thu 13 Feb 2020, 5:42 pm

Thanks again chaps, I've been going back through the photos from day 1 (2...) and playing about with what works and what doesn't. Sometimes it's difficult to distinguish what's "atmospheric" and what's just plain crap :grin: I guess that's why photography is such a subjective art form. Anyway, here are the results of my efforts.

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ImageIMG_1105 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_1178 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_1248 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_1368 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_1511 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2031 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2102 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2400 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

28. We were a little worried that this is all we'd see of the blue scheme.
ImageIMG_2725 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2943 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2961 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_2967 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

32. This is one of the ones where I couldn't make my mind up
ImageIMG_2979 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3009 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3023 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3039 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

Thanks once again for looking, I'm going to leave out the poor weather shots in the next update and show you how contrasting day 2 (3) was.

Comments and criticism welcome :smile:

Cheers

Wes
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Re: Hyakuri March 2019 - updated

Postby Wes_Howes on Sat 22 Feb 2020, 12:06 pm

So onto flying day 2 and what a difference a day makes, greeted with wall to wall sunshine when we arrived but a bitterly cold wind. It did cloud over through the morning but cleared away again after lunch. We saw all three 501sqn paint schemes, the two 302sqn specials and a couple of normal grey birds from 301sqn.

What a day, one of the best, dōmo arigatō Hyakuri.

20. A great start to the day
ImageIMG_3170 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3177 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3193 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3225 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3263 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3288 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3326 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3466 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3496 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3516 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3644 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3687 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3727 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3839 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3867 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_3966 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_4111 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_4153 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_4278 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_4314 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_4332 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_4378 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_4395 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_4407 by Wes Howes, on Flickr

And with that, we had to head back to Tokyo to drop off the hire car.

Thank you for taking the time to look through, please feel free to make comment, criticise or just look. I am so glad we made the effort to get out to Japan and I can only emplore anyone who is thinking about it to just do it!

Cheers

Wes
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