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Tight Turn

By skydivemike  
A combined German and Irish 4 way Jump during a building thunder storm over the Algarve in Portugal.
The storms were all around the dropzone which stopped jumping during the boogie as a lot of the skydivers were landing up to 10klm off the airfield. On this jump we ran into hail stones as we decended through 7,000ft. in freefall at 120pmh not the most plesent of experiences.

Thanks for looking and as always your comments and time is most appreciated.


Tags: Sports and action

Voters: chesh, TommyStr, MoWiz and 115 more

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JouŠo 17 56 Finland
25 Mar 2006 8:56AM
Another brilliant capture, Mike!
Cracking composition!
Love the clarity in this...
Well done again!
HIGH quality!

John_Horner 15 12 2 England
25 Mar 2006 8:56AM
Great image.
paulstefan 16 509 1 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2006 8:57AM
Quality sharp shooting there, Mike
Cheers, Paul
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
25 Mar 2006 9:01AM
I think that the horizon it not straight, lol. Great capture

sjatkinson 15 1
25 Mar 2006 9:08AM
Cool photograph. Must have been an experience and a half falling through hail. Youre lucky you didnt end up a hailstone too! and it must have been fairly turbulent in there too..was it?....Great shot.
Tonyd3 17 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2006 9:10AM
God i wish i was young enough (and fit enought) to do this, Excellent work.
skydivemike 16 47 Northern Ireland
25 Mar 2006 9:15AM
Thanks for the comments everyone jumping through hail is something we have to contend with living in the UK and Ireland.And you are never too old to do a Tandem Skydive !!!!!!!!

Camairish 15 1.4k Scotland
25 Mar 2006 9:16AM
Great nutter.
UserRemoved 17 6.2k 1
25 Mar 2006 9:16AM
Glad I'm not young enough (or fit enough) to do this! Smile

Tho' the pic's excellent - and the description emphasises my first comment! Smile
Maddie 16 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2006 9:19AM
amazing, lovely clear shot
adderman 15 8 1
25 Mar 2006 9:25AM
Brilliant shot and very well executed. Great colour details, spot on.

highlander 17 32 Scotland
25 Mar 2006 9:42AM
Another unique shot Mike of your sporting activities...the contrast in that white puffy cloud adds to the accomplished beauty of the scene. Impressive.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
25 Mar 2006 9:45AM
sharp!! like the mix of colours

ojjo 16 10
25 Mar 2006 9:57AM
this is perfect

well done on EC

chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
25 Mar 2006 9:57AM
Brilliant photography,well done on the well deserved EC.
arnieg 17 704 England
25 Mar 2006 9:59AM
brillant shot congats on the Ec
Dotrob 15 Wales
25 Mar 2006 10:01AM
Great shot,rather you than me Mike,having said that it must be a super experience,have fun.
albi 16 68 1 England
25 Mar 2006 10:11AM
Great shot, the angle does it for me.
Congats on the EC.
riprap007 16 1.6k 37 England
25 Mar 2006 11:03AM
Mari 17 1.8k United Kingdom
25 Mar 2006 11:18AM
Well done, Mike, fantastic shot one of your best

Mari x
jasonewell 16 34 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2006 11:20AM
What a mad bunch!!....great work, such vibrant colours.
conrad 17 10.9k 116
25 Mar 2006 11:26AM
This is absolutely brilliant, Mike, what a shot! And congrats on the EC and RC - you deserve them!

blackett 17 18
25 Mar 2006 11:44AM
Hardcore...but you know the score. My charity fixed line jump pales into insignificance. Certainly got my heart pumping all the same. IanSmile
covey 16 1.7k Ireland
25 Mar 2006 11:45AM
Whoooah Mike.

Stupendous shot. The best sports shot, I've seen in a long time.

Congrats T.
ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2006 11:46AM
Great action capture, well done indeed.
sut68 17 2.0k 77 England
25 Mar 2006 12:05PM
Fabulous capture Mike, congrats on the EC and RC, you seriously have my respect, I have enough trouble taking a good shot at 0 mph, but at these speeds ... awesome.

My attempt would be as follows:
Aperture - check ...
shutter speed - check ...
ISO - check ...
altitude - ooops!!! Wink

Great stuff.

25 Mar 2006 12:06PM
Wow. A perfectly timed shot !
Sezz 16 619 15 England
25 Mar 2006 12:23PM
Hi Mike, WOW - amazing work yet again! Looks great,even through the hailstones.
Congrat's for the well deserved EC!

Sez :}
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
25 Mar 2006 1:30PM
Absolutely superb Mike. No words could give you enough credit for this one. John
annefromleo 15 11 1 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2006 3:01PM
Amazing and still pinsharp...
Congrats on your EC, well done
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
25 Mar 2006 9:25PM
I'm getting serious vertigo on this one!!!!
stevie 17 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2006 1:08AM
skydivemike 16 47 Northern Ireland
26 Mar 2006 5:31AM
Many thanks to everyone for all their comments the are very much appreciated.

John_Wannop 16 109 Wales
26 Mar 2006 9:09AM
Excelent capture.

mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2006 9:39AM
This really is sports photography at its best. Awesome and a well deserved EC.
irishman 17 1.1k 2 Ireland
26 Mar 2006 9:54AM
Conrats on your first EC and many more of them. Martin
martin.w Plus
19 609 28 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2006 9:54AM
A stunning image Mike, the colours and clarity are supurb. Well done on getting a fully deserved EC.
dalowsons 17 89 Australia
26 Mar 2006 3:39PM
Wow, fantastic shot - love the angle of the horizon !
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
27 Mar 2006 6:30AM
brilliant !!!!!!!Conrats on your EC!!!
stevenr 17 9
27 Mar 2006 8:14AM
Bring it on Mike! Brilliant shot, which we understandably rarely see on ephotozine.
croberts 17 2.2k 8 Ireland
27 Mar 2006 9:56AM
well deserved E|C, Mike. another cracker.
Kim Walton 17 145 30 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2006 4:10AM
Sorry Mike i missed this one,Well deserved
nancyo 16 78
31 Mar 2006 2:04PM
well done, top shot
skydivemike 16 47 Northern Ireland
16 Apr 2006 6:51AM
Thanks to everyone for their support and kind words.

Blue Skys

Taya 15 19 United Kingdom
31 May 2006 2:01PM
I was close to having ago at parachuting in New Zealand but chickened out and used the excuse that my money had ran out!

But I did love the Paragliding, it was awesome!

You are brave!

your photos are of high quality, certainly no camera-shake ;-P
ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2007 12:41PM
Great angle to it.
Crazylegs 15 4
17 Sep 2007 11:31PM
This is amazing, the clouds top and bottom, the colours of the skydivers, and the huge column of cloud behind the person at the back's leg....and you were skydiving tooo. Amazing.
SPARROWHALL 13 26 England
14 Jun 2008 10:20PM
Brilliant shots

Milvus 14 168 2 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2008 7:18PM
Another stunning shot. Almost a little surreal.
6 Dec 2008 6:47PM
wow this is really good
thank you for voting and looking at my picture
this is really good
A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ award
HectorRivera 14 17 1 United States
28 Jun 2009 9:05PM
Fantastic shot

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