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The Red Baron


One of the very fun things we did in Australia was take the 20-minute bi-plane ride around Magnetic Island. 
I even found a YouTube short video from inside the front seat, where we sat.


[Today I'm in Amsterdam but will fly back to Atlanta on Sunday.]



The Red Baron


One of the very fun things we did in Australia was take the 20-minute bi-plane ride around Magnetic Island. 
I even found a YouTube short video from inside the front seat, where we sat.


[Today I'm in Amsterdam but will fly back to Atlanta on Sunday.]



comments (47)

Held together by bits of string and a prayer, a grand little plane Ginnie, hope you enjoyed the flight.
Ginnie Hart: Totally enjoyed it, Les! Donica is afraid of heights, so she wouldn't let the pilot do some loopy things. But still, it was a great ride! smile
You're braver than I. Not sure I'd have the constitution for a flight in one of these.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, Red Pen! It was great fun. Even Donica did it, even though she's afraid of heights! smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 16 May 2008, 00:52
This looks like fun! I have been in small planes, but not an open air one like this.
Ginnie Hart: It was my first open-air flight, Martin! Loads of fun. I have been in a helicopter twice and in a small pontoon plane, but this was the cat's meow! smile
beautiful plane. great clear shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Alicia, for stopping by and commenting. smile
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 16 May 2008, 05:13
Amazing, i love old airplanes. Nice toning and good sharpness.
Ginnie Hart: It was so fun, Klaus. It kinda fit my 62 years! grin Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 16 May 2008, 05:41
I love the way the pic looks. Did you desaturate the image?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Kanyi. I had to give it a vintage look! It's a sepia image through PS's Multiply layer.
  • Astrid
  • vacation....on Texel......
  • 16 May 2008, 05:46
This sounds like real fun, a great sharp well composed shot of an unique plane, wow you are a little dare devil when it comes to heights and speed, heights I knew...
surprisingly Donica was with you, she is afraid of heights...
Ginnie Hart: Guilty as charged, Astrid. A little dare-devil, that's me! Donica was hanging on for dear life, but I was proud of her for going. The pilot asked if we'd like some dare-devil moves but she said NO. Too bad. I bet that would have been fun. grin
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2008, 06:51
This must have been so much fun.. I would have done that Ginnie honest.grin
Come fly with me, lets fly lets fly away, springs to mindsmile I can just visualise Donica and you with your biggles head gear on!!LOL Now that would have been a picturegrin

Crystal clear shot mijn vreindsmile
Have a great weekendsmile
Ginnie Hart: I know you would have done this in a flash, Tracy. So would have Astrid. The 3 Musketeers in the front seat (built for 2). I can see it now! grin The earphones must have looked like a hoot on us. I never once thought of that! Thanks, mijn vriend. You, too, have a great weekend.
  • Ron S
  • under the rain
  • 16 May 2008, 07:43
This looks like fun. I'd have gone for it without a second thought. As usual a quality production Ginnie, clear, sharp and well controlled.
Ginnie Hart: You would have had a blast, Ron. smile Thanks.
Watched the video and can see why you enjoyed it. Were you able to take any pictures? This one is beautifully sharp by the way.
Ginnie Hart: The only pictures I took were before and after, Bill, while on the little boat riding to the pontoon plane. The cockpit is so small and cramped and the windshield too high for photos. And the wind is too strong for photos off to the side. So I was content to just watch and enjoy the experience. Thanks.
I bet you enjoyed that experience Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: More than you know, Chris. grin
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2008, 08:09
This looks like something out of World War II - I don't think I would have dared get in as I hate flying, but I'm sure you must have enjoyed it.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I had to give it that vintage look, Ingrid! Kinda befitting my 62 years! grin I totally enjoyed it. So did Donica, even though she's deathly afraid of heights.
OMG Ginnie, you know my passion for planes. This is a fantastic shot. You must have had a great time flying in this bi-plane!
Ginnie Hart: I'll never forget it, Richard. I'm at that age when I need to try everything once, just to say I did it. grin
  • navin
  • India
  • 16 May 2008, 09:02
Imagining how much fun it would have been flying in a "convertible" aircraft like this
Ginnie Hart: I hope you can imagine it well, Navin, because it was wonderful! smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 May 2008, 09:46
Yay! That would be fun!
Tell me you stood on the lower wing, holding that cable, as the plane chugged along...doesn't matter if its not completely true, but fits the image I am getting of you and your Mouseketeers, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Now THAT would have been a blast, Ray. I would have done it if I had been allowed!!! I love stuff like that. smile
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 16 May 2008, 09:46
I like the colour of this aircraft, Ginnie. I think it very brave of you to go up in that thing! Did you attempt some wing walking?
Ginnie Hart: I would have LOVED to wing-walk, Chad. I love heights and I am such a dare-devil. grin
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 May 2008, 09:47
Oh yeh....great picture, Ginnie [grin]
Ginnie Hart: grin You made my day, Ray.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 16 May 2008, 10:26
the shadow of the wing makes it look like it goes all the way down
Ginnie Hart: So true, Chantal! smile
A beautiful machine! Was it an actually old one?
Ginnie Hart: To tell you the truth, Wim, I don't know. I wish I had asked!!!
  • Kathryn
  • in the early morning
  • 16 May 2008, 11:09
Now that must have been an experience, Ginnie. What did the island look like from above?
Ginnie Hart: It looked just like that YouTube video, Kathryn, only better, since I saw it with my own two eyes. smile
Now I'm really envious, splendid craft to fly in Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: I wish for you this chance once in your life, Chris! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 May 2008, 12:35
Such a round-about-flight may have been an adventure, I can imagine that because I took in former days sometimes part in such an event, it was very exciting and impressive. (But the name "The Red Baron" and the story of the 'war hero' Manfred von Richthofen doesn't sound, sorry, in many German ears so positive)
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure this Red Baron brings up not so positive memories for some, Philine, but for Magnetic Island, it brings lots of smiles. smile Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 16 May 2008, 12:40
Fantastic shot Ginnie, I don't think you could have got me up in that.
Ginnie Hart: I would have held your hand, Aussie, and you would have been just fine. If Donica can do it, so can you. grin
Hope you had your WW2 leather flying helmet on and goggles ... after all you have to play the part and get away from being that modern 'city gal' Ginnie. richard
Ginnie Hart: Truer words were never spoken, Richard! grin
Wow, you are a brave person to go up in that plane. Reminds me of an Indiana Jones movie. I can imagine the view was spectacular. Very interesting shot of this plane.
Ginnie Hart: Indiana Jones, you're right, John! I knew it reminded me of someone! smile Thanks.
Hey Ginnie ..how are you doing ..You maust have had a swell time ..Nice shot..
Ginnie Hart: I've missed you, Shakara! I'm doing great. Thanks. How are YOU!?
  • Karima
  • Washington DC
  • 16 May 2008, 15:16
A copper airplane?? What a fantastic capture. The tone and detail are marvelous!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Karima, it really was red but I muted it for a nostalgic, vintage look. Thanks for stopping by and [email protected]
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 16 May 2008, 15:57
Very brave, Ginnie. I would have settled for the photo which btw is wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I didn't feel brave at all, Sherri. Just wildly excited. grin Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 16 May 2008, 16:11
Wonderful, wonderful! So precise and clear, awesome. The bronze is gorgeous. I feel that I could just hop in and fly away! And HOW did you get D to go up in this??????
Ginnie Hart: Donica was the one who thought up the whole thing, Ruth. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT! She who is afraid of heights! The plane really was red but I muted it for a nostalgic, vintage look. You would have loved it.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 16 May 2008, 16:11
Karima was correct, it's more copper than bronze.
Ginnie Hart: And in real life, more red than copper. smile Thanks, Ruth.
  • Arash
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 16 May 2008, 17:14
I love old machines and here we have a great one!
Ginnie Hart: This fits my age of 62, Arash. grin
Hey Ginnie,
I hope you do not fly back with this cute plane? (smile kidding ehhh? Great shot BTW.
Yes i am back form not beig away, but my internet was off on where? I don't know...

Hve a great weekend and a safe journey back to Atlanta!! JoAnn smile
Ginnie Hart: I will NOT fly back to Atlanta on this plane, JoAnn, I promise. But it was very fun for Magnetic Island! Glad to see you back.
I watched the video Ginnie, not for me I am afraid, but good picture though.
Ginnie Hart: Come on, Brian. Where's your spunk!! grin It was great fun. Thanks.
  • Nacha
  • 16 May 2008, 20:49
Crisp and Clear Granny....wink
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thank you, my dear. Good to see you again!
  • Still
  • France
  • 16 May 2008, 21:09
An old king of the sky...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Still!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 16 May 2008, 22:09
You actually rode in one of these things?
I'd be terrified..but love the old airplane image.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Marcie, we DID ride in this. It was super fun. We loved it. smile Thanks.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 16 May 2008, 23:04
This is a wonderful shot. A great plane and very nice light.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Carsten!
  • monika
  • London
  • 16 May 2008, 23:21
Don't tell me you flown in this? Details looks pretty but... well, not solid Boeing 737 I got used to... Nevertheless great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Monika, we DID fly in this and it was a blast. It's funny but it never once occurred to me it might not be safe! smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 May 2008, 06:03
Now that looks like fun
Ginnie Hart: It was, Vintage! smile
absolutely a beautiful shot!!!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Olivier. Thank you kindly.
  • Ellie
  • cold England
  • 18 May 2008, 01:08
They're amazing little planes aren't they.

What's special about Magnetic Island, or have I missed that picture? Is it magnetic?
Ginnie Hart: The island was where we spent our last week in Australia, Ellie...where I saw the koala and rock wallabies...and where I took this plane ride. smile Lots of things happened there. I think there must have been some "magnetic" qualities of some sort but not sure what. Reminds me of the TV program "LOST!" smile
  • Saeed
  • Iran
  • 18 May 2008, 07:21
Very Nice shot , Great details & good composition i like it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Saeed!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal (lisbon)
  • 18 May 2008, 11:03
You are very, very brave! grin
And I just love this bi-planes. It must have been so great to fly in one of this...
Ginnie Hart: It's funny, Lina, because it never once entered my mind that there was anything dangerous about this plane or ride. I had the time of my life. smile
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 18 May 2008, 19:07
beautiful....presume uve dried out the shot a bit, lovely chocolate surface on the plane...
Ginnie Hart: I actually did a B&W/sepia conversion through the PS Multiply layer, which retains just a smidgen of color, Sam. In real life, it really IS red! smile
  • Aksel
  • Holiday in France
  • 19 May 2008, 18:50
Love the colours here - your treatment has this "old", good feeling. That red/brown/bronze colour is lovely smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aksel. I loved the vintage look, even though it was truly a red plane! smile
  • Kay
  • Portland
  • 20 May 2008, 04:32
That must have been fun!! Did you take any pictures while up in the air, Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: No, Kay....not while in the air. The dashboard was too high and if i pointed to the right or left, the wind took the camera away! Even with IS, it would have been pretty shaky! BUT I WANTED TO! smile
Very clear shot! You have courage Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm just an old dare-devil at heart, Fausto. grin

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