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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
The only one …

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… I have today … driving down from the airport I saw this gorgeous sunset and had to pull over and grab it. I love sharp detail in clouds and especially at sunset … got it!

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
About 12M …

Friday, February 27th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… last night I put my feet up on the desk to take a ten minute rest … at 1:30AM I awoke, decided everyone would understand and went to bed. The intentions were good, but the compulsion to sleep were stronger. So, I’ll send another out tomorrow evening and then take the weekend break.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Dreams do come true …

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

Today was … well … it was a very good day. Studied manuals on the new iEFIS unit this morning, got some emails done, calisthenics. Weights, treadmill and a walk. Breakfast at noon and then off for an adventure at the good Dr. Bill’s. 

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Next best thing …

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… to skiing the slopes is this (might even be better) … flying the ridge below the top and staying in that beautiful unseen flow of orographic lift coming up the slopes bent from horizontal by the mountain and rising as you go along the mountain. Very anxious to run the slopes with the GoPro mounted out on the wing to get some beautiful video along the sides of the mountains. A lot of snow fell today and more for tomorrow … hoping by Wednesday or Thursday to get back up to the peaks and get some good shots and video.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
I forgot …

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

By Ted Gtussing

… I really intended on going to church this morning … started painting the patch work on the stucco and figured I would be done in time to get to church late, but that didn’t happen. So at 12:30 I finished the deck side of the house and it is now ready to get a full coat. Since church was no longer an option, I left my painting attire on and headed into town to have my Sunday latte with John, thence to Whole Foods and bought grass for One, milk and bread for me. From there it was down to the ponds and it had been a while since I was down there. I got this shot of a drake Northern Shoveler doing his landing, gear down and locked and heading down a centerline that only he can see. For those who care it was shot with a Canon 1DX,  EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens + 1.4 III extender, Focal length 560mm, f8.0, ISO 800, 1/640th shutter speed at 3:01PM.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Working on it …

Friday, February 20th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

I decided to take a flight to the SF peaks this afternoon and experiment some more with the GoPro; also the video lessons on Adobe Premiere at http://lynda.com are helping and I am acquiring a rudimentary working knowledge of the program … soon to come, seamless transitions and music tracks.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
Blue mornings …

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

About a year ago Eric asked me to join him on and early morning shoot at a cattle pond that he had found and which during the early morning hours was a haven for many bird species … including these blue birds. I like this one a lot with two dropping in to join their buddies for a drink and clean up a bit … sounds like something straight out of the old west … fun.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
It happened

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… today that is, and it did it very well … my primary computer station is currently down for a complete physical relocation of assets … going back to four monitors and in an effort to regain a measure of control over my work flow the monitors are being mounted on two dual monitor stands. This gives me a huge boost in available desktop space … that translates into more room for One to stretch out and likely enough room for me to work at the same time. Should have it back up and running tomorrow sometime.

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By Ted Grussing

One of my all-time favorite composites is the original Astro Squirrel; it is a shot I took of a backlit squirrel in the trees in the arroyo between the 2nd fairway and the 8th tee box and shot from the 8th tee box. When I looked at that shot I just knew that it projected more than just a happy squirrel and I got to work and created the first composite of the squirrel and the universe of which he and we are all a part of. I have sold more of that composite than any other composite I have done. A bit ago on another late afternoon walk on Red Rock Cove Rd heading up hill I saw this little guy staring off into who knows where. He was sitting on a wood tie near the third tee box and just a little off the road … so I gazed off into the universe for a while with him and then tonight completed the vision that we shared … on the edge of we know not where, or what or why … simply there for us to enjoy and wonder about.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography:
It flies!!!

Monday, February 16th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

… after my first, but before my second sugar free vanilla latte this morning (each is laced with three shots of espresso) I headed out for my morning walk and somewhere along the path I heard a Cardinal but had trouble locating it … finally found it and here is that beautiful flying machine. Then it was breakfast and out and resumed patching stucco as I am hoping to get the next long leg of our home (the deck side)  painted this week. Three hours of that and then into town to have another SFV Latte with John. Found myself enjoying the conversation and listening to the water burble in the ponds behind us and decided to fly another day and continue the visit.

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By Ted Grussing

… today was one of those days that has to come along every once in a while that helps define the truly good days. Kind of a minor disaster in many regards, but it all ended up okay. After picking up another bag of premium food for our birds and some wax to do the plane it looked like I might be able to get a 20 or 30 minutes flight in before sunset. Quick shot up to the airport and about 5:30PM it was into the air and got some good stuff. I also was using the GoPro and I’m pretty happy with what I got.

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Today’s Photo from Ted Grussing Photography: KSEZ

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

By Ted Grussing

Every once in a while it is fun to shoot the Sedona Airport (KSEZ) from different angles always looking for a fresh perspective … and another sale to the Airport … quite a few of my shots grace offices and the terminal building. The magnetic lineup of the runway is 032 and 212 in reality , and like all runways the numbers are the magnetic alignment rounded to the nearest ten degree number; thus if you land to the N on runway 3 you are landing on a heading of 030 on the compass rose which is to the NE and conversely landing on runway 21 is a landing on magnetic heading 210 to the SW. 

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By Ted Grussing

This was a truly fun day … gem cutting and other stuff this morning … some photo work and late afternoon it was up to the airport. Purpose? None really needed, but I wanted to give my new GoPro a try and also take my friend Doug up for some great aerial photography opportunities. Doug got a lot of great shots and the GoPro performed very well and not having read the instructions yet I feel pretty good about that. I mounted the GoPro on the turtle deck on centerline just behind and between us and pretty happy with that location. The prop wasn’t as much a problem as I thought it might be, but once I turned the engine off it was a non-issue. As you can tell it is a very roomy cockpit … well at least it is for me having spent 11 years in high performance single place sailplanes before Corky and I bought this one … this seems like a 747 by comparison.

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By Ted Grussing

… I spent a few hours this evening watching “Cosmos” and thought, darn, I need to do another astro composite tonight. I searched and searched, tried numerous combinations and nothing seemed to have the feel or look that I wanted and all ended up in the bit bucket. Then I remembered some shots I took when I was back in California last summer and in particular a new tunnel on Hwy 1 up the coast from Half Moon Bay … think it opens to the southern end of Pacifica. It is either the longest or next to longest tunnel in California and was under construction for years providing a safe bypass to a stretch of Hwy 1 that was very prone to being closed from mud slides. It is a neat tunnel and it has a kind of other worldly feel to it … wonder if the car ahead of us will deploy straight into space …

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By Ted Grussing

… ‘twas a fun weekend flying, working on the plane, and the highlight was twofold; Saturday afternoon attending a birthday party for Anthony’s daughter Olivia who just turned 3 and today getting to spend some time talking with the crews of Apache AH64 gunships that had stopped in Sedona after a thirty day exercise in the Mojave desert. There were four of the Apaches and two Chinook troop transport helicopters … very cool and Olivia got to meet the crew and be right up there with the helicopters … she loves them.  These Apaches were equipped with a 30 mm chain gun, 38 2.5 inch rockets and 16 Hellfire missiles … impressive and the electronics are amazing.

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By Ted Grussing

Had a really great day and finished some projects by midafternoon … the temperature was in the low 70’s … the day was sunny … I ended up back in Mariah and was airborne a few minutes before 5PM. On one of my last flights up to the peaks I noticed that Rogers Lake had a lot of snow on it and it looked like some water or ice too. Given the warm weather we have been having the last few days it seemed like a good opportunity to see if I could get the reflections of the snowcapped peaks in the lake … and I did.

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By Ted Grussing

… one of the things I enjoy about flying during the monsoons are watching the storm cells as they roam around the plateau drenching some areas and leaving others dry.  I took this shot last August and there are several storm cells dumping rain near Flagstaff … I stayed dry … I think. On the horizon left to right (not including the one on the far left, don’t know about it) you have Sitgreaves Mountain, Kendrick Peak, the San Francisco peaks partially obscured by rain and Mt. Elden also partially obscured by rain.

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By Ted Grussing

… a project I am doing has been taking much longer than anticipated and so it was that I spent the day inside working until about 4PM when I bolted for the airport and spent the last hour of daylight just flying. A friend asked where I was going … dunno … what are you going to shoot? … dunno … and so Leo and I took off and it seemed we went wherever it is we went. John flew his Phoenix motorglider too and I did get some nice shots of him whilst flying his landing pattern. Then it was full throttle and back up and a flight where we just enjoyed the beauty and the play of muted light on the red rocks and valley. Home, warmed up dinner and a quiet evening. Tomorrow I’m hoping to have this project completed … for a while.

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By Ted Grussing

… I didn’t have a lot of time to spend in the air after I finished up at the good Dr. Bill’s this afternoon and because of that I planned some possible shoots for the late afternoon light while Jennifer was working her magic on my teeth. Figured I would have no more than fifty minutes once I got to the airport and luckily their offices are just the other side of the road from the airport. I ended up with forty five minutes and touched down about two minutes before sunset … it was one of those very sweet landings where the only noticeable event was I heard the wheels start to turn … sweet.

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By Ted Grussing

… I shot thousands of Hummingbird photos and am now going through them … deletion rates are very high and significant numbers of images are hitting the bit bucket and I am getting through the folders and deleting and deleting. Some images just jump out and say publish me and so it is that this Rufus is making it out tonight.  Shot with the 1D X body, 70-200 f2.8 lens (newest one) with the 1.4 extender series III, f5.6, 1/1600th of a sec,  ISO 400 in raw mode.

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