Sun n Fun 2016

Sun n Fun 2016

Sun n Fun 2016

2016 is the year that saw me making my first pilgrimage to the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In Expo. For the non-aviation enthusiasts, Sun ‘n Fun is an annual event that has been hosted in Lakeland Florida for the past 42 years. The six-day event transforms the Lakeland Linder Regional airport into the world’s busiest airport while it hosts the event with over 14,000 aircraft operations. It’s really hard to explain what that looks and sounds like. You have to be there to understand and even then it’ll still be hard to comprehend.

Sun ‘n Fun is a not-for-profit organization which donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in scholarships to assist students pursuing careers in the Aerospace industry. However, the allure to most attendees is the access to a world class airshow with some of the best aerobatic performers in the world.

Based on the daily airshow schedule, I thought 4 days would have been adequate to attend this event. I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was so much to see and do.

This year Sun ‘n Fun honored the military, so on a few show days we were entertained with military aircraft displays.

Warbirds at Sun n Fun 2016

Warbirds at Sun n Fun 2016

Some of the other memorable moments were aerobatic displays by:

  • Aeroshell
  • AeroStars
  • Breitling Jet Team
  • EAA Warbirds of America
  • Gene Soucy
  • The Golden Knights
  • The Red Bull demo team
  • F-22 Raptor

Sun ‘n fun was definitely worth the 1,994 mile journey. Where else could I stand in the cockpit of a fully functional jet to get a better vantage point of a world class air show?

Shaggy and Friends 2014 – Pictures and Videos

Damion Junior Gong Marley & Seal Paul performing together at Shaggy and Friends benefit concert 2014

Damion Junior Gong Marley & Seal Paul performing together at Shaggy and Friends benefit concert 2014

On Saturday January 4, 2014, I was privileged to attend the fourth staging of the Shaggy and Friends benefit concert in aid of the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston Jamaica on the lawns of Jamaica House.

Attended by over 10,000 patrons (double the amount that attended the last staging), the concert commenced promptly at 8:00 pm according to schedule and boasted an international line-up of artists worthy of a Presidential Inauguration. If Jamaica had a president that is :).

Before making his exit, Elephant man said his performance would be short as Shaggy has a lot of friends, and correct he was. We enjoyed performances from

–        Pinchers (Your eyes only, Agony, Bandelero)
–        The Admirals (Bailey and Tibet)
–        Carlene Davis with her tribute to the Mandalas
–        Christopher Martin (Mama and Cheater’s Prayer)
–        Macka Diamond with her melodious delivery of Dye Dye
–        Elephant Man with his a few lines from his numerous hits over the years
–        Wayne Marshall and his Son Giomar (video below)
–        Agent Sasco
–        Reggae Royalty Damion Junior Gong Marley
–        Trinidad artist Kes
–        Jah Cure and his wife Kamila
–        Dean Fraser
–        Ity and Fancy Cat & Johnny
–        The Voice contestant and friend of Tessane Chin Matthew Schuler who sang on of his “favourite songs” Wayne Wonder’s No Letting Go
–        International recording artist Neyo
–        Our own International Jamaican Superstar Sean Paul
–        Tarrus Riley
–        Konshens
–        I-Octane
–        Chronixx
–        Mr. Bombastic himself, Shaggy
–        And our Golden Girl, the 2013 winner of The Voice, Tessane Chin

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy rock star access to this event and was approximately 200 feet from the stage.

What’s a photographer to do?

I found an elevated platform, reached for my trusty cropped sensor camera and telephoto lens (boring photography stuff) and did my best. This was the actual view from my location.

My view from the silver  section of Shaggy and Friends 2014