Holden Blimp

This blimp has been buzzing around the city for the last couple of days. I eventually gave in and decided to shoot it out my office window.

This is a fairly heavy crop, as the 50mm just doesn't have that much reach. White balance adjustments to compensate for the green office window glass were also made.

View all photos taken: Friday, 20th April 2007, This photo: 4:18pm


  • flash of light said:
    Holden!!! This translates from australian to Vauxhall in english!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe I can remember when they were both quite distinct companies ;-)
  • a777thunder said:
    Nice one David, well executed with those compensating adjustments.
  • -spam- said:
    I saw it this afternoon but it had drifted off by the time i grabbed my camera.
  • maasha said:
    If only I had my good old 50 cal. Mauser ...

  • stephenk1977 said:
    I saw this flying on Friday, and was surprised it took so long for someone to post a photo of it onto flickr!

    Good use of the rule of 1/3rds in the cropping.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks All :)

    Stephen, I saw it on Thursday but since I'd already shot it on a previous occasion, decided not to, but then by Friday I figured, I might as well.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    Nice shot - impossible to tell you did all the manual adjustments on it :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Really only a white balance adjustment and a crop. Thanks :)
  • Maki_C30D said:
    I can see your reflection on the window glass...heh
  • David de Groot said:
    You're just teasing now Maria... I've spent a whole 2 minutes staring at that now and can't see me in the window glass! :-P
  • follyfellow said:
    another great capture, we had one of these things buzzing around for the car races a year or so ago, sporting a goodyear or dunlop logo, never did get a shoot of it.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jeffrey, yes I recall a goodyear one hanging around Indy on the Gold Coast a few years back (cripes! that was 10 years ago, how time flies).
  • Margot- said:
    Great job as always, David. The message says END...end of what I wonder. Also found this cool site: www.holdenairship.com/.
  • David de Groot said:
    End of a 4 day sale apparently.

    That's the one Margot - it's really a fairly impressive airship, shame it's only really used for advertising.
  • Pioneer_adam said:
    Yes David, there was a Good Year one around the year 1999-2000. But when the Olympics was on in Sydney they changed it from Goodyear to "G'day" on one side and "Good luck" on the other. We also had a Whitman's Chocolates blimp somewhere around the year 1997-1998. Both have been scraped now unfortunately.

    I live in Adelaide and got to see the holden blimp back in march, I miss it now =) Well done on the pic!
  • follyfellow said:
    ah time flies, David! (sorry mate, couldn't help meself)
  • yewenyi (文意) said:
    They need to make a FJ shaped balloon!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Adam, yeah there's been a few blimps around now that you mention it.

    *groan* I guess someone had to say it Jeffrey.

    Now that would turn some heads Brian.
  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    I was tempted to shoot it the other day too.. it was a very overcast afternoon the other day in brisbane and this thing was hanging about. The light was really weird.. the blimp hanging above and the mood gave a very doomsday/armageddon feel to it all.

    I like this against the deep blue sky.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Magoo, yes that would have made for an interesting shot.