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It has been a few years since I posted pics but I want to try to pick it up again :-). For several reasons I stopped, the most important one is that some sites/magazines posted/published my pics without permission. When I tried to contact the authors they did not reply (and did not remove my pics)... In my opinion that sucks. Other reasons for stopping is that my laptop (with PS on it) broke and hectic years at home.
Anyway, on november 2nd I landed at Osaka. The weather was great that saturday and it would stay sunny for 10 days non stop. The goal for the trip was to catch operational F-2's at Tsuiki. I only shot some slides in 2002 and some digital pics during airshows in the last years. Furthermore I was hoping for Southern wind for Iwakuni and activity at Kanoya. It became a bit off a stressfull trip with too many kilometers, not much sleep and some car problems (parking tickets, invisible streetsigns that hurt the bumper and being chased on the highway by an under cover police car).
The saturday that I arrived I visited some wrecks and airfields. The highlight was Yao because the JSGDF was flying this day. The day after I visited Akeno Airshow. It was a great show, I did not expect so many helicopters to fly. I stayed outside from 7 in the morning and light conditions were great. I went on base for a quick visit after the show ended. At 7 all the helicopter were already towed outside and an hour later they were flown to their spots on the other site of the airfield for the massflight. A theme during the show was the retirement of the OH-6, by now they should be withdrawn.
Hope you like the pics. I use Photoshop CS6 now and bought a nice iiyama monitor but I do not know if the colours are ok, they look great on my screen but I do not know how you see them so tips are welcome ;-).

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Tomorrow Iwakuni
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Re: Japan trip nov 2019, day 2. Akeno airshow

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Thanks Patrick :)
Very nice pictures!!!

Since you asked for feedback, for my personal taste I like the colors but they are a little bit "soft".
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F17_114PM wrote:Thanks Patrick :)
Very nice pictures!!!

Since you asked for feedback, for my personal taste I like the colors but they are a little bit "soft".
Ok, thanks for the feedback, I tried to shop them a little bit "harder" but the background got too much hard white. Any tips?
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Re: Japan trip nov 2019, day 2. Akeno airshow

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It became a bit off a stressfull trip with too many kilometers, not much sleep and some car problems
(parking tickets, invisible streetsigns that hurt the bumper and being chased on the highway by an under cover police car).
Hah! A classic "Stipjes-trip", then... :twisted: :mrgreen:

Oh well, the results are certainly worth it! Image
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Nice selection of photos. Did you get access to any of the hangars?
8)
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ze341 wrote:Nice selection of photos. Did you get access to any of the hangars?
8)
Here is my complete log (including 4 hangars where I could peep in from outside the base, not all helicopters are read)
JA119M/-- Mie Disaster Prevention Air Corps AW.139_
23051/LR Renraku T. Hikotai LR-2
41843/SD Kyoiku Shien Hikotai UH-1J
41844/844 Utsunomiya Bunko? UH-1J
41847/X) 10Hikotai UH-1J
41865/SU Utsunomiya Bunko UH-1J
41892/III 3Hikotai UH-1J
41893?/.. ? UH-1H (edit or 99)
41896/X 10Hikotai UH-1J
41925/X 10Hikotai UH-1J
45001/-- ATLA XUH-2_
73456/VATH 5Tai Sensha Herikoputatai Cobra AH-1S
73431/IVATH ? Cobra AH-1S (edit)
73436/SD ? Cobra AH-1S (edit)
73441/IATH ? Cobra AH-1S (edit)
73465/IIIATH 3Tai Sensha Herikoputatai Cobra AH-1S
73466/VATH 5Tai Sensha Herikoputatai Cobra AH-1S
73472/VATH 5Tai Sensha Herikoputatai Cobra AH-1S
73485/SD Kyoiku Shien Hikotai? Cobra AH-1S
73489/-- Akeno Honko Cobra AH-1S
73491/VATH 5Tai Sensha Herikoputatai Cobra AH-1S
74511/IIIATH 3Tai Sensha Herikoputatai Cobra AH-1S
52931/SD Kyoiku Shien Hikotai Chinook CH-47JA
52951/SD Kyoiku Shien Hikotai Chinook CH-47JA
74511/IIIATH 3Tai Sensha Herikoputatai Apache AH-64DJP
62351/S Akeno Honko TH-480B
62352/S Akeno Honko TH-480B
62353/S Akeno Honko TH-480B
62354/S Akeno Honko TH-480B
62355/S Akeno Honko TH-480B
62356/S Akeno Honko TH-480B
62357/S Akeno Honko TH-480B
62358/S Akeno Honko TH-480B
62359/S Akeno Honko TH-480B
62360/S Akeno Honko TH-480B
36-5909/909 11Hiko Kyoikudan T-7
36-5906/906 11Hiko Kyoikudan T-7
31312/X 10Hikotai OH-6D
31289/X) 10Hikotai OH-6D
31304/XIII 13Hikotai OH-6D
31306/XIII 13Hikotai OH-6D
31308/X 10Hikotai OH-6D
52934/SK Kasumigaura Bunko OH-6D
32601/TRY Hiko Jikkentai OH-1_
32633/WH Seibu Homen Herikoputatai OH-1_
32629/VATH 5Tai Sensha Herikoputatai OH-1_
16-5656/656 31Kyoiku Hikotai (bl) T-4_
86-5609/609 31Kyoiku Hikotai (bl) T-4_
85-1079/079 401Hikotai Hercules C-130H
57-8357/357 Koku Kaihatsu Jikken Shudan Phantom II RF-4EJ(kai)
78-4584/584 Koku Kyunandan Blackhawk UH-60J
43101/S Akeno Honko UH-60JA
43102/SD Kyoiku Shien Hikotai UH-60JA
43109/S Akeno Honko UH-60JA
43115/S? Akeno Honko UH-60JA
43123/? ? UH-60JA
43136/XIIH 12Herikoputatai UH-60JA
8901/01 51Kokutai Seahawk USH-60K

Corrections and additions are welcome!
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Nice log, did you note any OH-1 in hangars.

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ze341 wrote:Nice log, did you note any OH-1 in hangars.

Mike
I just had a better look on my hangar pics, 32603 was in one of the hangars (with 3 other unidentified of which one looks like 32622, one has white stripes in its paint).
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Nice day and photos!

Regarding the editing; The colors will always look/come-out different depending on the screen they are watched on and the screen/display settings...
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Japan trip nov 2019, day 3. Iwakuni pics

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While in Akeno I found out that the next day would be a holiday in Japan so no JASDF flying activities :-(. This news was a bit of a dissapointment…. The only option for the next day would be to drive to Iwakuni for the USN based aircraft there. It turned out to be a good day! I under estimated the 500 km drive and visited some wrecks and relics on the way... 200 kilometers before Iwakuni I got so tired and decided to sleep in my car for a few hours on a highway parking lot.
When I got to the spotting area at 7.00 there was already some activity but unfortunately a Northern wind blew… I am very happy with the legacy Hornets :-).

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Nice pictures! Have fun! Love to see more!
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Nice report!
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Japan trip nov 2019, day 4. Omura and Tsuiki

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After Iwakuni and some wrecks I drove to the South Island. I only made one mistake, like te day before I stopped at a parking to get one hour of sleep but when the alarm clock started at 1900 I turned it off and slept… until 00.30 when I woke up with no more sleep. What can you do in Japan at 00.33???? Just buy a coffe and visit wrecks in the dark. After some helicopters and T-33's I went back to sleep at 5 for an hour. At 6.30 I was present at the fence opposite to the Omura hangars. When the sun rose the hangars opened. Great photography! After a while 2 canabalised H-60's made the last trip to the storage yard to join the one already present there (see pic).
At 9 am I left for Tsuiki (my main goal), on the way I made a quick stop at Metabaru, there were some UH-1's park outside but no further activity. Tsuiki was very busy and F-15's were on "deployment". It was a great day!I experimented a bit with the colours in the pics...

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Nice !!!
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stipjes wrote:After Iwakuni and some wrecks I drove to the South Island. I only made one mistake, like te day before I stopped at a parking to get one hour of sleep but when the alarm clock started at 1900 I turned it off and slept… until 00.30 when I woke up with no more sleep. What can you do in Japan at 00.33???? Just buy a coffe and visit wrecks in the dark. After some helicopters and T-33's I went back to sleep at 5 for an hour. At 6.30 I was present at the fence opposite to the Omura hangars. When the sun rose the hangars opened. Great photography! After a while 2 canabalised H-60's made the last trip to the storage yard to join the one already present there (see pic).
At 9 am I left for Tsuiki (my main goal), on the way I made a quick stop at Metabaru, there were some UH-1's park outside but no further activity. Tsuiki was very busy and F-15's were on "deployment". It was a great day!I experimented a bit with the colours in the pics...
Great Patrick, realy great :)
Hope more will come!
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