When looking in old books at historic photos pre-1970 you get so used to seeing things in black and white that you almost forget that it was really colour back then too! Today I've been having a bit of a play with Picasa and its really easy to switch colour photos into black and white. I actually think the b&w versions of photos have an authenticity to them that the colour ones struggle to achieve. here are a few of the better ones...
It's been about 9 months since my Wright Field diorama was finished and I recently dusted it off with the thought of giving it a refresh so I could undertake some new photo sessions using it. There were a couple of aspects I have never been totally happy with so I thought whilst I was at it I could update those too.
As a lad I grew up at Gatwick. That was a time during the 1980s when not only could you get up close to the side of the runway but there was also an excellent spectator's terrace (complete with hobby shop). Needless to say Gatwick has changed substantially since then and under BAA's stewardship spotters were treated pretty poorly. The viewing area's view was restricted heavily and then it was closed, with no substitute, whilst spending time around the perimeter was not exactly welcomed. On my recent trip back to the UK I popped across to Berlin and that gave me a chance to revisit LGW and see what i could see.
Kuala Lumpur International (KLIA) is a very pleasant airport to spend time in and at the times we were there it didn't seem especially busy. This is no doubt partly due to the well documented troubles Malaysia Airlines has had recently, but is also probably due to the transfer of all low-cost traffic to KLIA2. Despite this traffic was brisk and aside from the usual Asian airlines there were also a couple of unexpected visitors.
I have just returned from a trip home to the UK fron NZ. I've done this journey multiple times but try and see stopovers on the way. This time we travelled via Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines. Despite the adverse publicity I was fine flying Malaysia, which is a solid, safe and reliable, if not particularly profitable, airline. We spent a few days in KL so due to the modern inconveniences of air travel even though I didn't get any time to specifically get to do spotting I did get several hours near the traffic at the airport. Here's a review of my experience at KLIA.