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May 21, 2012 21:16 |  #1

I was out shooting trains by the water yesterday when I noticed a tanker coming up the straight. Not a big deal until I noticed a CG Dolphin hovering overhead, than saw two armed Zodiacs zipping about. I have seen this ship plenty of times and it has never had this kind of attention. Made for an interesting show. Forgive these, they were shot with my Sigma 150-500 handheld. Trying to get a slow enough shutter speed to get helo prop blur with that cannon of a lens was a bit challenging! Forgive any sensor dust I missed. I was stopped down to F22, which I almost never do.

Tanker with Zodiac speeing ahead

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Dolphin overhead
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Notice the M-60 sticking out the side...not a usual sight over the bay
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Another manned machine gun. I shold have got a sharper shot. I forgot to switch back to manual.
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Bringing up the rear was the San Francisco based patrol boat Tern
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Was a nice afternoon to be on the water!

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May 22, 2012 07:09 |  #2

I'd say you did VERY well considering the size & weight of that lens. Nice rotor blur & still sharp enough for me.


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May 22, 2012 08:16 |  #3

Nice captures. Not used to seeing the uscg with guns. Strictly buoy tending and search and rescue around here.


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May 22, 2012 10:01 |  #4

Well done, these were fun to look at. Cool to see the firepower!

-Most people may not know this, but one of the Suv's in the presidents motorcade contains a GE Minigun mounted on a 360° turret that is quickly deployed out of the roof. Not much getting near that thing :D




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May 22, 2012 11:42 |  #5

Nice shots, wonder what they were doing




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May 23, 2012 10:26 |  #6

Good catch. Was there anything on the news about it?


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May 23, 2012 11:13 |  #7

Wow when I think of coast guard I think SAR... nice captures!

StaticMedia wrote in post #14468346external link
Most people may not know this, but one of the Suv's in the presidents motorcade contains a GE Minigun mounted on a 360° turret that is quickly deployed out of the roof. Not much getting near that thing :D

I had to look it up, just wow... :shock:

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May 23, 2012 14:30 |  #8

Itsed65 wrote in post #14466149external link
I was out shooting trains by the water yesterday when I noticed a tanker coming up the straight. Not a big deal until I noticed a CG Dolphin hovering overhead, than saw two armed Zodiacs zipping about. I have seen this ship plenty of times and it has never had this kind of attention. Made for an interesting show. Forgive these, they were shot with my Sigma 150-500 handheld. Trying to get a slow enough shutter speed to get helo prop blur with that cannon of a lens was a bit challenging! Forgive any sensor dust I missed. I was stopped down to F22, which I almost never do.

Tanker with Zodiac speeing ahead

Was a nice afternoon to be on the water!

AHHHHH So you were the guy!!! I Saw you shooting the train and was shooting it too. I turned to see the boat stuff going on and got a shot of you shooting the action

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May 23, 2012 15:19 |  #9

Right place, right time. Nice set of action shots.


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May 23, 2012 20:25 |  #10

Thanks guys. I looked all over, but found no mention of anything in the news about it, so I have no idea what was going on. It was pretty cool to watch though. I wish I had some better glass with me, but as the saying goes, the best lens is the one you have.


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May 23, 2012 23:12 as a reply to Itsed65's post |  #11

If it was a regular ship from the area, it would not surprise me if a) it was a routine search, or b) a drill/practice intercept (most likely). They get permission from the vessel captain, owner, etc, to use the ship departing on its normal run as a chance to simulate a situation that they want to practice. Shortly after the "intercept" the boat moves along on its normal route.


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May 24, 2012 10:58 |  #12

Very nice shots love "Coasties"


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May 24, 2012 19:25 |  #13

Great set....I love those "right time" shots....


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May 31, 2012 06:36 |  #14

sigma pi wrote in post #14474577external link
AHHHHH So you were the guy!!! I Saw you shooting the train and was shooting it too. I turned to see the boat stuff going on and got a shot of you shooting the action

http://www.foto-biz.com ...es/misc/sigma-200-500.jpgexternal link

Sheesh, he's lucky the coasties didn't think it was a weapon lol.


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