Wednesday 16 July 2014

Zoom In ¦ Zoom Out: A bear of the air

Hello there.

'Zoom In ¦ Zoom Out' [or ZIZO for short] is a photo-sharing meme hosted at Helena's Creative Maven  and I tend to join in whenever I'm staring down a lens [or more like huddling over an LCD screen trying to reduce the glare from the sun to work out what on earth is and isn't in shot] ... and suddenly I spot there's a story to be told simply by zooming out.

Which is what happened at the RAF Waddington Air Show I visited with James earlier this month.

Zooming In ...
Sorry if that made you jump ... he's pretty impressive isn't he? But where is he and why was I photographing him? Well ...

Zooming Out ...
He was put there by the crew of this [and here I consult my in-house aviation buff] Chinook helicopter from the Netherlands. [Hey, before I asked I knew it was at least a helicopter ... I've been dragged around the air show for enough years to have at least learned that they're the ones with the spinny things on top ...]

And the reason I pounced upon this unexpected bear of the air?

Well, it was because he was a perfectly handsome embodiment of one of the items I needed to capture to cross off Rinda's Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt list.

Meet ...  No.12: A mascot

Here he is from another angle:
And if we zoom back out ...
... I think he's pretty convincing from a distance, don't you think? You've got to wonder where they found him!


For more visual tales told in close-up and wide-angle visit Helena's blog where she hosts a link-up for other ZIZO moments.

Julie :-)


  1. Another great shot and story, Julie. It reminded me of a scavenger hunt prompt from a previous year, something out of place. A great mascot find :)

  2. That's a great BIG bear ... did he have a body I wonder!

  3. great mascot and great ZIZO...that really is a BIG Bear. I love air shows....always lots of great photo-ops(I find that the pilots love to pose!!)

  4. that is one amazing mascot - wouldn't want to meet it on a dark night (unless attached to the helicopter rescuing me)

  5. Great find Julie and I had to laugh at the being dragged around air show bit. I can so relate! :)

  6. Wow, you really have the knack of spotting unusual things! Beautifully shot, by the way. You are going to have such an interesting collection by the end of the summer!


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