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Paragliders getting a bit close

Compuwight

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Difficult conditions for getting a good shot, very windy and overcast with sun low in the sky....
H Too Close for Comfort.jpg
 

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G'day Steve

I suspect that the long-lens has foreshortened distances slightly and therefore the rear glider is only using the same bit of breeze rather than trying to join the front pilot ~ who is carrying a passenger already!

Otherwise - good sharpness and colour :)

Phil
 

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Well caught Steve..:)
 

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G'day Steve

I suspect that the long-lens has foreshortened distances slightly and therefore the rear glider is only using the same bit of breeze rather than trying to join the front pilot ~ who is carrying a passenger already!

Otherwise - good sharpness and colour :)

Phil
Thanks, I was pleased with the image.

As to the pilots, the long lens undoubtedly foreshortened the distance, however, observing from the ground they were too close for comfort. Picture only shows 2 but there was at least a dozen all sharing the coast wind. There has been a number of serious injuries and deaths on this bit of coastline in recent years.

I sent a copy to a renowned paragliding instructor and this was his reply "The bloke behind is an idiot - that's a good way to get a large collapse as there is a lot more turbulance generated behind a tandem wing than from a solo one. Flying like that at low-level and close together kills and injures more paraglider pilots than any other way."
 

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Great capture and yes, the person behind does seem to be lining himself up for the Darwin Awards.
 
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