The Police Have a New Helicopter

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has a new helicopter.

Well, it’s new to me anyway. We have so many planes, helicopters and drones in the sky over Vegas that the only time I notice any of them is when they’re directly in front of me or flying low over my house.
metro helicopter
another angle on metro chopper
third shot of metro helicopter

When I heard it, I grabbed my camera a took a few shots. I know I used the wrong lens, 18-135mm USM, but my long lens is put away and this was attached to the camera. So there you go.

Besides, kit lens or not, I really like this lens. So unless I’m chasing birds this is what lives on my camera, with my 50mm and my 10-18mm waiting in my bag.

In the meantime, this critter is what I’ve always wanted.

Forget the jet packs, this looks easier to fly and maneuver. Not to mention, it looks like a lot of fun. A helicopter in a suitcase. Everybody ought to own one.

Oops…. According to the Wikipedia the Hoppi-Copter was first flown in 1948 and turned out to be extremely hard to control. –It now lives in the Smithsonian.

Never mind.

Nice Restored Old Car

I was rolling down the highway at 45mph when I looked over and spotted this sweet, fully restored old car keeping up with traffic. Which is a little weird, because most of the restored cars out of that era that I’ve seen don’t accelerate quickly enough to keep up.
Restored red car
It obviously had a fresh engine because it didn’t have to work very hard to maintain speed. In fact it was quieter and smoother that the mid 90s beater a few cars ahead of me.

I have no idea how much he spent to restore it, or how long it took, but the car looked like new. It’s hell of a lot nicer than the ’31 Buick sitting in Pioneer Loan and Jewelry. (Theirs is strictly a parade car not a cherry’d out show car.)

I don’t know how “correct” the car is, but I didn’t spot any body work or orange peal, and he knew how to shift without having the car buck or the gears grind. So I’m guessing it’s pretty close to the way it was when it rolled out of the factory.

Canon 80D as a Video Camera

I have that Canon 80D so I bought a cheap shoulder rig for video on Amazon.
Morros DSLR Shoulder Mount Rig Stabilizer
Morros DSLR shoulder mount
I figure I can add a microphone mount on top of the camera if I decide to shoot people. In fact I bought a generic mount from Rycote from Adorama so I can mount my Zoom H5 recorder on top of the Canon.
rycote dslr suspension mount for recoders

Now all I have to do is find someone worth recording or should it be videoing? and is that even a word?. — No matter, most of the people I know are neither photogenic nor interesting. And the girls would probably shoot me if I brought a rig like that to work.

And yes, I know that Canon consumer DSLRs tend to overheat, but since I have no intention of going to any press conferences, who cares. I mostly intend to shoot RC planes, RC boats and maybe the occasional vulture.

Yup, other places look forward to the first robin of spring, but we look forward to the arrival of carrion eaters. –Welcome to the desert (or Washington DC when congress is in session).

I had a cup of coffee with breakfast so I don’t have a caffeine headache, but I’ve been dealing with idiots in person and answering the dumb question hotline, and all that stupid has given me a serious headache.

What can I say? To borrow a line from Pink, “sometimes it be’s like that.”

1960’s Mustang

I haven’t seen a mustang like this in years.

I’m not sure what year it is, but I know it’s mid-sixties – probably a 67.Black and red 1960's Mustang

I love the details, especially the red accents and the spoiler. –That’s how you get people’s attention without driving something that looks like a freakin’ clown car.

Most of the people I know would keep a car like that in their garage and only drive it once in a great while, but this guy drives his every day.

Now, I’ve owned several mustangs and as much as I like them, they were not the sturdiest of cars. So I’m really surprised that this one is still in as nice a shape as it is.

So I asked the guy about it and he says he bought her new and has never been in an accident.

I guess driving in Mexico is safer than driving in Vegas. –Well, with over two million people in the valley, and with all the lost/drunk tourists, driving almost anywhere is safer than driving here. But that’s a whole nuther story.

At any rate she’s beautiful and she has a fresh engine and tranny, and I want her. But that’s his baby and she’s not for sale.

I doubt I could afford it even if he’d part with her, but it doesn’t keep me from dreaming.