cameramonkey

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    Richmond, IN
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    500
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    Formation Skydiving
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    Freefall Photography
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  1. cameramonkey

    RIP Mom Stewart

    She passed the day I left the country with no email access. I just returned home today to find this out. I'll miss ya "mom". You were always there with a smile, even when in the middle of a crunch and you had a grimace from the pressure of a problem like keeping birds turning and instructors lined up for students... given the opportunity, that wonderful smile would come back as bright as ever, even if it were for a brief moment we knew that it was still there even if we couldnt see it. I cant think of many more people capable of that feat sincerely. Go west. Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  2. cameramonkey

    2007 Richmond The Boogie Roll Call

    I'll be solo... arriving early saturday, leaving late sunday. So if you start organizing for the round before I arrive, count me in. I'll be on that load. Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  3. cameramonkey

    2007 Richmond The Boogie Roll Call

    nope, got a complete set. As I recall, you helped me acquire it. Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  4. cameramonkey

    2007 Richmond The Boogie Roll Call

    Count Gilligan in. Round jumps too. Yes, contrary to rumors, I AM still jumping. The wuffo didnt make me quit. Sure with the little one* I dont have the disposable funds I used to, but the boss makes sure I get at least 2 or 3 cessna jumps a month from a DZ that is closer to me than my true home DZ (gas and time are a real killer these days). I wouldnt miss the boogie for the world. been saving up for it actually so I could afford more than 2 jumps and a single day. If you havent been to the boogie, I cant recommend it enough. Great jumps, and even better parties after dark. (my liver recovered, but not until after I mailed it out for repair) and if you always wanted to jump a round, these guys will take great care of you. Other boogies have specialty aircraft... we have specialty rigs. LOL Lets see summerfest do THAT! * for those that havent heard, I have a 10 month old son named Cooper. What a character. Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  5. cameramonkey

    Good Idea? Bad Idea?

    thats a rather subjective statement. Many more feel that performing these "stunts" (your word) are far from safe. Just because he didnt kill anyone doing something risky doesnt mean he was safe... he was lucky. Using your logic , allow me to make the following statement: "Evel Knievel is a safe individua." If go out and juggle chain saws while standing over my infant and nobody gets hurt I am considered a safe person? In your mind do you have to actually get hurt or killed to be "unsafe" even though you were doing things that are considered by the majority to be unsafe? Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  6. cameramonkey

    Class 1 medical

    As I re-read this... its easy. you get a cool 4x6-ish card (or at least you used to) indicating that you passed your exam and when you did so. so producing said "proof" is easy unless you are a total slacker/tard and lost it (or lied about getting one in the first place if thats what you are eluding to). I have an old one upstairs in my logbook I can scan in if anyone that doesnt know what they look like would like a peek at one. Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  7. cameramonkey

    Pilot chute in tow anyone?

    Also another good thing to look for... try to find one that has a history in physical therapy and sports medicine. I went to one several years ago that used more of a PT approach. he would adjust (and test), then figure out what caused the problem and give you ways to stop or correct the issue, like exercises. It sure as hell beat the normal "ok, I want to see you twice a week for the next 3 months, then I think we can back it down to once every week to two weeks for X period" I couldnt stand that attitude... how do you KNOW thats what it will take? or is that how long it will take me to pay for your new car, plane, etc? Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  8. cameramonkey

    Class 1 medical

    That would be my guess. Especially since class 1 Medicals are only good for 6 months Talk about a pain in the ass. the only ones that need a class 1 as I remember (was a pilot in a former life) are ATP rated commercial pilots... the ones flying the heavy iron like 747's. Other than trying to be a pain in the ass, trying to hold a lowly TI to the same standards as a pilot responsible for 300+ souls at once seems a bit odd. Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  9. cameramonkey

    Good Idea? Bad Idea?

    Agreed. The "let he without sin cast the first stone" defense is a lame one. Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  10. cameramonkey

    Good Idea? Bad Idea?

    I detect a troll. You refer to nothing but opinions, yet I have seen plenty of facts... We have video of a TI doing things that are contrary to not only common sense, but also to the best practices set by the USPA, PIA, and the tandem manufacturers. And to follow it all up, you start hinting at illegal and unethical use of the videos? Geez, is that all you got? Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  11. cameramonkey

    Cutaway Stats

    I voted "Other". for a while last year, my canopy started doing something REALLY strange. on opening, one end cell would stay closed with the top skin folded over the nose, flapping in such a way that it didnt want to let the two end cells inflate. Usually I would get a half to 3/4 turn out of it and it would self correct. I caught it one jump as it did it pretty agressively, and after pumping the brakes, it stabilzed. The second time it happened so fast that the next thing I knew I was spiraling out of control towards the ground. plan B! ithe problem tapered off as fast as it started, and havent seen it since. *shrug* Hornet 150, loading it a little under 1 to 1. The only cool thing was that I got it on video from a fellow jumper, and I dropped the main on home plate of a little league diamond behind our hangar... nice spot, eh? The only thing better would have been to drop the main in the peas. Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  12. cameramonkey

    Fatalities, leaving a jumper behind, and the Pact.

    and how they knew that "Mike" was from the gulf coast. Sorry, but in making a call like that, it seems to be an odd bit of info to leave. It just doesnt add up. fishy.... and gossipy... welcome to the internet. (but at least i'm honest about it. :) ) And of course everyone BUT the great houdini himself (and "Mike" )has piped up, which doesnt leave us with a confident feeling. Not that he is required to make a statement to us, but still... Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  13. cameramonkey

    Digital Rebel. extremely shallow depth of field?

    Yeah, I already checked the ISO. it got better when I bumped it up to 400. but still kinda iffy on the DOF... I get the feeling its my old lens causing me problems. Thanks for everyone's help! Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  14. cameramonkey

    Digital Rebel. extremely shallow depth of field?

    I am just using the full auto setting. I am aware of the impact of the aperture on the depth of field. Based on the amount of light needed for proper exposure for the CCD, it seems like the lens just isnt "fast" enough to handle what the body needs. just flying by the seat of my pants, if feels like the digital version requires alot more light than the film body. That particular lens was barely fast enough before, and now it seems worse. Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!
  15. cameramonkey

    Digital Rebel. extremely shallow depth of field?

    Ok, I have noticed this on mine, not sure if anyone else has seen this. I dont use this body for freefall, but I know alot of you do and might have some answers. I notice that the depth of field is extremely shallow on mine. At first, I thought there was a malfunction. it seemed like all my photos were out of focus. then after looking at the pictures carefully, I could always find one spot that WAS in focus. but everything else wasnt. and I mean its REALLY shallow. from 10 feet, somebody sitting on the couch would have thier knees in focus, but the face isnt. we are talking a depth of field in the order of 6 inches in that scenario. It could all be my lens. I am shooting using the original EF 28-75 lens that came with my Rebel 2000. I just havent had the cash to pony up for a new lens to test this theory. So anyone else notice this, or is it just me? Two wrongs don't make a right, however three lefts DO!