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... as only he can be!!! This is Frank, he is 88 years young and is Fran's charismatic dad and all-round good egg.

At the weekend, he and 13 other co-opted people of varying ages were to take part in a sponsored hot air balloon flight on behalf of Frank's chosen charity. As they [and we] waited for the pilot to make a decision as to whether to inflate the balloon, he took the opportunity to give the basket the once over ... just to make sure Wink

Unfortunately, it was deemed slightly too breezy this time and so they must wait for another day ... but for me this sums up Frank perfectly ... and as he would probably say, "Aye, that's right" Smile

Here's hoping that he get's 'up, up an away' next time.

Cheers for popping in,
Paul

Camera:Canon Eos 40D
Lens:Sigma 70-200mm EX f2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Being Frank ...
Username:sut68 sut68
Uploaded:5 May 2009 - 6:57 PM
Tags:Humour / fun, Portraits / people, Transport
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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 7:04 PM

Thought he was playing hide and seek. - good details as always.
Hope they get the flight soon
Regards Richard

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MrsS
MrsS  74527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 7:08 PM

Aye - - that's reet! That's Frank to a "T" Wink

Can't wait to get to his age and cause the same amount of havoc he does - - - AND get away with it! Grin

xxxxxx

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 7:10 PM

PMSL missus ... yer not wrong there Wink x

Thanks too Rich, I'm sure they'll get it up soon Wink

Paul

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 7:11 PM

Waht a lovely shot and write up Paul.Hope Frank gets the conditions for the flight soon.
Tom.

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qosmio
qosmio  5 United Kingdom
5 May 2009 - 7:12 PM

Great shot.

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 7:14 PM

Cheers Tom, it really was touch and go, but the gusts were what tipped it over the edge for the pilot and made it unsafe.

Thanks too David,
Paul

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d3looo
d3looo  5 Slovakia1 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 7:18 PM

Very nice shot Paul!!! Believe you all had a great time over there Smile

Pavol

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riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 7:28 PM

cracking image, strong and not playing safe!

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 7:31 PM

I have been known to go 'off-piste' from time to time Nicholas, glad it hasn't gone completely unnoticed too Smile

Cheers n all Pavol ... yes, a good time was had Grin

Paul

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angej
angej  9477 forum posts United Kingdom
5 May 2009 - 7:38 PM


Quote: Aye - - that's reet! That's Frank to a "T"

Can't wait to get to his age and cause the same amount of havoc he does - - - AND get away with it!

xxxxxx

I think you're already there Fran, in terms of havoc, not age of courseSmile

Really well captured PaulSmile
Ange

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 7:42 PM

PMSL ... yer in trouble there missus [though not far off the mark] Wink

Cheers Ange, it was a one of my faves from the day ... not exactly EPZ fayre, but ... so what? Grin

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wamp
wamp  8276 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 7:57 PM


Quote: Can't wait to get to his age and cause the same amount of havoc he does

I think that's one of life's many privileges Smile - nice text too Smile

Sean

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 8:01 PM

From your description, Paul, it sounds as if he'd take such a flight in his stride! I do hope he gets the chance. I love the enigmatic content of this image - who knows what he might have been doing had it not been for your description.

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rossi
rossi  10142 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 8:38 PM

My ribs are 'urtin. Top image. Shows character. I bet he's a laugh and takes centre stage whenever the chance arises.

Ian

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 8:40 PM


Quote: I think that's one of life's many privileges

... only if you know you're doing it Sean ... and boy, does he!!! Wink

Cheers fellas, much appreciated Grin

Paul

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daviewat
daviewat  104104 forum posts Scotland
5 May 2009 - 8:43 PM


Quote: Aye - - that's reet! That's Frank to a "T" Wink

Can't wait to get to his age and cause the same amount of havoc he does - - - AND get away with it! Grin

xxxxxx

Not long then !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smile OUCH


But I get what you mean about "Frank" seems to sum a great old guy with so much life and a bit mischeviousness tucked away somewhere Smile


Dave

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daviewat
daviewat  104104 forum posts Scotland
5 May 2009 - 8:44 PM


Quote: PMSL ... yer in trouble there missus [though not far off the mark] Wink

Cheers Ange, it was a one of my faves from the day ... not exactly EPZ fayre, but ... so what? Grin

Aha but Paul surely photographs that bring us pleasure, even if we took them, and a little wry smirk to the face are worthy anywhere, EPZ or not mate :_)

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 8:59 PM

Cheers big'un, yer not wrong Dave ... a shot that has the ability to make me smile usually gets my vote.

I meant that it doesn't necessarily have a strong thumbnail to help catch gallery traffic, there's no eye/facial contact whatsoever and it won't mean a lot to those who don't know him ... but the hearing aid and the flat cap are soooooo Frank and sum him up perfickly Grin

Paul

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sherlob e2 Member 82285 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom123 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 9:10 PM

Love this Paul.

It reminds me of my late father in law who sounds very similar in his character (even darn to flat cap an' earin' aid).

These people are special - treasure them whilst you have them. I too hope he gets to fly.

Adam

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11thearlofmar

Sounds like quite a character, and nicely frozen the moment.

Alan

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chase
chase Critique Team 81116 forum postschase vcard England235 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 9:36 PM

One of my ambitions in life...to get into a Hot Air Balloon,especially if it's over the Masai Mara Wink
I hope he gets a 'good day' & gets his flight Paul.
I looked at this & thought at first someone had taken pictures of my Dad...flat cap,hearing aid & all...plus a great Yorkshire accent Wink

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 10:55 PM

Oh, he'll fly, of that I'm sure Adam.

Cheers you three Grin

Paul

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 11:20 PM

Captured his inquisitive character Paul. Ron.

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MrsS
MrsS  74527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2009 - 11:25 PM

He's from the other side of the Pennines, Janet! Smile

As for causing havoc, what a brill teacher I've had! So you guys can blame me on him! Tongue

Dead Man Walking, MrWatson - - that's your cuddles on hold, just as well I now have to be in London this weekend and can't "get my own back" - - it'll have to wait till November! Grin

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2009 - 12:04 AM

I just love reading all you guys comments. I read and smile, occasionally laugh out loud...Lovely shot of Frank, and from the write up I really like him....Sandy

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MrsS
MrsS  74527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2009 - 12:10 AM

I quite like him too, Sandy! Wink

F x

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dazzaman
dazzaman  8570 forum posts England
6 May 2009 - 12:37 AM

the clarity and contrast in this, is excellent paul.love it matey, you should do a print for him.
dazza.

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2009 - 8:04 AM

Lol .... just love the quirkiness of this Paul. And Frank looks good in your PF .... like a ruddy great punctuation mark between all those light-houses Wink

Banzai !!!!!!!!

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2009 - 8:20 AM


Quote: Banzai !!!!!!!!

ROFLMAO ... cheers Grin

Thanks all for your thoughts ... might do Dazzler Smile

Glad it made you smile and laugh too Sandy Grin

Paul

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Tandberg
Tandberg  111218 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2009 - 1:03 PM


Quote: Can't wait to get to his age

Not that long to go then fran Wink
Dave

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2009 - 1:08 PM

... 'dead man walking' [though probably not for long, especially when the knee-caps get drilled] Wink

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Tandberg
Tandberg  111218 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2009 - 1:20 PM

i aint afraid Wink

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2009 - 1:39 PM

... you have been warned!!! Wink

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MrsS
MrsS  74527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2009 - 7:32 PM


Quote: I aint afraid

You should be! Wink

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2009 - 11:07 PM

Now you've done it mate Wink

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