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#1 Wizzard

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:29 PM

Spent an hour in the sky today, in the rear seat of a Cessna 182P, camera in hand.
Pity the cloud cover over Pretoria was a bit low, and we were restricted to 6000ft above ground level. The clouds give a 'milky' effect to the images. Nevertheless, I decided to share four pics. Murphy's Law being what it is, the cloud cover lifted about an hour after we landed.
Images have all been resized to 1744 x 1308 to maintain detail.

Image 1. Part of the CBD, with Church Square towards the lower LHS. (looking SW)
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Image 2. Aerial view of the Telkom tower. (looking Northwards)
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Image 3. Loftus stadium (looking Southwards)
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Image 4. A better view of the CBD. The dark glass clad building is the Reserve bank, and the next tall building (2nd from the left) is the ABSA tower. (looking SSW)
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:44 PM

Thanx Wizzard! Those are massive!
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:46 PM

Maybe, one day, I'll be lucky enough to do a 'flip' over the JHB CBD. If so, there will be images posted.
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 05:55 AM

Diva...take a drive through Wellington. You'll get much the same atmosphere as Pretoria, without the irritations...seriously, the place reminds me of a farming town, not the capital of the country.

Having said that, the only part of any of those pictures (I think) I've been to is Church Square, and that was by accident trying to get out of the place after a visit to the zoo!
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 06:45 AM

Being from Pretoria myself, I find those pics pretty cool. Pretoria's not that bad but seeing as I've never lived anywhere else there's nothing I can compare it to.
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 08:00 AM

I love aerial shots, thank you for this.


In a recent GO magazine one of the readers submitted aerial shots of Kilimanjaro, taken from a normal jumbo jet. There were no clouds and the pilot got permission to do a low fly over the area.... once in a lifetime opportunity !

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 08:13 AM

Lovely! Please do this again later in the year when the Jacarandas are in full bloom.

Pta is a very pretty city, especially when its purple!
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 03:03 PM

Very nice Wizzard :)

Do sling them up on Panaramio sometime so all the random Google Earth folks can see em :P
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 06:23 PM

nice!!!

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 06:24 PM

Panaramio ... OK will do.

Took almost 300 images, so maybe I'll select a few more to 'enhance' the overall view.
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 08:33 PM

Pta is a very pretty city, especially when its purple!

I don't want to flood the forum with images, nor bore anyone to tears, but interested parties are welcome to view my Pretoria Streetscapes album at: http://s42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/ ... eetscapes/

There are quite a few images of the city, and the blooming Jacarandas.
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 07:18 AM

No photobucket access at work :)
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 10:07 AM

Maybe, one day, I'll be lucky enough to do a 'flip' over the JHB CBD. If so, there will be images posted.


Failing which.....there is always Google Earth.... :) :P

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 10:58 AM

No photobucket access at work :)


Herewith some images for you:

1. A view down down VD Walt str. towards the ABSA tower.
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2. A view from Park str. looking towards the CBD.
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3. A view down Pretorius str. towards Pta West. The street cleaners must hate these fallen petals.
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4. A view of the CBD from the Union buildings.
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5. A panoramic view showing Sunnyside (LHS) to the CBD.
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 12:50 PM

Really nice pics Wiz, thanks for sharing. :)
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:14 PM

Lovely pictures. Pretoria is so pretty when she is wearing her purple party frock :o

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 07:18 PM

Maybe, one day, I'll be lucky enough to do a 'flip' over the JHB CBD. If so, there will be images posted.


I was lucky enough on a flight back from London a few years back that the JHB airport was really busy so we circled for about 45 mins - the path took us right over the CBD, Ellis park, Sandton, Rosebank etc...

it was amazing to see familiar sights from the air, puts a lot into perspective - just wish I had a camera on me then

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:08 AM

Nice . PTA is very much like paarl to me. Glad to see tat the alien and water sucking jacarandas are still thriving :o
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:38 AM

Apparently they are not allowing any new jacarandas to be planted and waiting for the current ones to die off.
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:47 AM

That could take a few hundred years...
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