Mach Loop revisited


1stEverPentax

Link Posted 29/04/2022 - 23:31
First time out there for about two and a half years plus.

Met a great group of like minded enthusiasts atop Cad East...a good day was had by all.

First time using the K-5IIs / Samyang 135 combo...all shots with these. Lots of slightly out of focus... but very good results when focus accurate.


























davidwozhere

Link Posted 30/04/2022 - 00:01
There's no way I could get up there but I do appreciate your sharing of what was to be seen. Thank you.
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K10D

Link Posted 30/04/2022 - 07:43
A takes your chance location that paid off on your visit.

Really like image six with the "big" perspective.

Best regards

Chrism8

Link Posted 30/04/2022 - 09:14
A good variety shot there, well captured

I've not captured a V22 in all my visits, must get up this year sometime.

Cad East is a real good workout to get up there, West is easier and imho you get the better shots as the aircraft turn slightly you get the topside and sometimes a complete knife-edge although your not as high up.
Chris

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Last Edited by Chrism8 on 30/04/2022 - 09:17

1stEverPentax

Link Posted 30/04/2022 - 10:53
davidwozhere wrote:
There's no way I could get up there but I do appreciate your sharing of what was to be seen. Thank you.

Thanks David...not as challenging getting up there as it might seem...see my reply to Chris.

K10D wrote:
A takes your chance location that paid off on your visit.

Really like image six with the "big" perspective.

Best regards

Thanks also...it is a gamble you are right...however you can stack the odds in your favour by doing a bit of research first. Weather is the biggest single factor I would say. Visibility has to be at least 'good'...preferably 'very good'. They do fly through in rain and murk but much more limiting and anyway you wouldn't want to be taking pictures in those conditions. Very much a Mon-Fri timetable as well...mainly 9-5 (ish) and often a break for lunch. I've been 5 times now over a period of about 4+ years and never left with a blank SD card...worst case was 2 or 3 aircraft. On thursday we got 2 US C130s x 3 laps each and one of them went round for a 4th time!

Pleased you liked the wide shot...thought i'd include that to give some perspective...helped enormously by the presence of another person in the image. He is an ex fireman..one member of a party of 6 or 7 who had rented a self catering property about a mile away for a week to see the area and 'do' the Loop several times.

Chrism8 wrote:
A good variety shot there, well captured
I've not captured a V22 in all my visits, must get up this year sometime.

Cad East is a real good workout to get up there, West is easier and imho you get the better shots as the aircraft turn slightly you get the topside and sometimes a complete knife-edge although your not as high up.

Cheers Chris...know you've been before and as you say you do get a different angle of shot from Cad West. Getting up to Cad East though is easier than getting to the mid point of Cad West! There's a gate on the LHS of road (heading west on A487) a couple of hundred yards before the Cad West layby...you open that and drive up a narrow single track road used by a farmer and forestry commission...its about 1/2 mile + long but brings you to a small parking area...only big enough for about 7-8 cars in total. From here it is a moderate walk uphill for about 1/4mile gaining about 250-300'...takes about 5 mins...that's all. Some people do walk up from Cad West layby...and you are right that is a killer...but no need to.

Chrism8

Link Posted 30/04/2022 - 12:22
I've walked up East from the layby and its as you say a killer, a military aircraft forum I follow has suggested recently that the gate you mention has been locked by the farmer due to I believe users not shutting it behind them and his flock escaping.
Chris

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1stEverPentax

Link Posted 30/04/2022 - 14:36
Chrism8 wrote:
I've walked up East from the layby and its as you say a killer, a military aircraft forum I follow has suggested recently that the gate you mention has been locked by the farmer due to I believe users not shutting it behind them and his flock escaping.

Oh ok...don't know about that. It was usable on thursday and non of the locals mentioned they'd had any issues with access recently.
The farmer actually rode up to the top on his trials bike, had a brief conversation with one of the locals then went away...seemed happy enough.

cardiffgareth

Link Posted 02/05/2022 - 09:28
Like the Hawk and the Herc, getting an Osprey is on my hit list, we had one last year make an appearance at St Athan but by the time I got there, it had been and gone, they don't hang about do they!

On 360Radar I tracked a pair of F16's a few days ago heading in
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MrB

Link Posted 02/05/2022 - 10:18
Number 5 for me - great dynamic angle for the plane while looking down on the background surroundings.

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