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Yearly Archive: 2015

Monday

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October 2015

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London through Instagram #RenelInLondon

Written by , Posted in England, Europe & Nordic, Instagram, iPhone 5s, London, Travel

Note: If you have trouble viewing the photos be sure to view this post directly on my website.

 

In 2014 I had the opportunity to work in my company’s London office for a month!  It wasn’t always convenient to shoot with my Canon 7D as I was out and about so I shoot a lot with my iPhone.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @renelmedia and check out more of my London adventures using #RenelInLondon.

 

London Eye

The first thing I did when I landed was visit the London Eye.

#100happydays day 64: And so it begins… #renelhappy #londoneye #reneltravels #RenelInLondon

A photo posted by Renel (@renelmedia) on

Top of the London Eye #reneltravels #RenelInLondon A photo posted by Renel (@renelmedia) on

NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium

This was my second NFL game ever, and I got to see the Detroit Lions rally back in the final seconds to beat the Atlanta Falcons.  I grabbed pretty decent seats from StubHub.

 

Exploring some of the tourist sites…

Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed memorial at Harrods #reneltravels #RenelInLondon A photo posted by Renel (@renelmedia) on

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Wednesday

19

August 2015

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VIDEO: My First Stearman Flight

Written by , Posted in Adventure, airplane, Bealeton, Canon 7D, Samsung Galaxy EK-GC110, Transportation, Video, Virginia

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

I went to the Flying Circus Balloon Festival (see photos here) thinking I would take a balloon ride, but worked up the courage to take a flight in the open cockpit Stearman biplane (also known as a PT17).  The one I flew in was built in the 1940s, and is the same style plane the Tuskegee Airman used to train on for World War II.

I was nervous since this was my first time in an open cockpit plane, but I’m so glad to have had this experience!!  It was better than riding a roller coaster.

Have you ever taken an open cockpit flight?  Let me know your experience in the comments.  Here’s a quick video I shot during the flight.

My pilot got me as close as possible to the balloons so I could get great shots.
view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2368

It was about a 10 minute ride at 3,000 feet with an amazing view!

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2320

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2345

Steven Glintz, one of the other photographers at the meet up, was kind enough to snap this photo of me as I was taking a photo of my pilot in the mirror after I landed.

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

(Featured photo by Steven Glintz)

Tuesday

18

August 2015

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Flying Circus Balloon Festival

Written by , Posted in Adventure, airplane, Bealeton, Canon 7D, Transportation, Virginia

Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2205

I went to the Flying Circus Aerodrome Ballon Festival in Bealeton, VA with the intention of shooting the hot air balloons and possibly taking a ride.  I didn’t get to take a balloon ride because they sold out quickly, but as the morning went on I worked up the courage to ride in the open cockpit Stearman biplane.  I’ll post the video soon (you can view here), but for now here’s some shots from that morning.

Have you taken a hot air balloon ride?  Let me know your experience in the comments.

Hot air ballon in the early stages on being filled at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_1938

Hot air balloon in the early stages on being filled at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival

Hot air balloon being filled at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2028

Hot air balloon being filled at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2320

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival

Pro Tip: Bring cash if you want to take a balloon ride and haven’t booked in advance.  Most of the pilots are independent contracts and only accept cash.

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Wednesday

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April 2015

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South Africa Part 6: Kruger National Park #RenelInSouthAfrica

Written by , Posted in Africa & Middle East, Animals, Canon 7D, Kruger National Park, South Africa, Travel

I spent nine days in South Africa! If you missed the part 5 click here, and be sure to follow my South African adventures using the tag #RenelInSouthAfrica2014.  The itinerary included two days in Kruger National Park.

In the previous installment I posted some shots of the Big Five. Here are my favorite shots from Kruger.  If you ever have the chance to visit be sure to buy a park map and animal identification book available in the visitor’s center.  It’s a great resource and has a check list for all the animals you see.

Impala in Kruger National Park - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com

Impala

Giraffe in Kruger National Park - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com

Magpie shrike - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com

Magpie shrike

Lizard in Kruger National Park - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com (more…)

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