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TR from a professional photograher: UA F, TG F (3x), SQ J (2x), and LH J

TR from a professional photograher: UA F, TG F (3x), SQ J (2x), and LH J

Old Jul 20, 12, 3:23 pm
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Thumbs up Excellent...

The only thing more impressive than the pics are the vast quantities of food that are ultimately consumed. Comments and/or requests:

-While a 10 segment booking is normal for FTers, what was that booking experience like with US, using 6 to get to HK?
-I wish you had expanded to some pics in HK.
-This may be one of my fav TRs.
-Didn't know you could go nuts on the plane, and ask for add'l entrees.
-I guess I need to schedule longer layovers in BKK...was the internet pretty fast?
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Old Jul 20, 12, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by portishead View Post
The only thing more impressive than the pics are the vast quantities of food that are ultimately consumed. Comments and/or requests:

-While a 10 segment booking is normal for FTers, what was that booking experience like with US, using 6 to get to HK?
-I wish you had expanded to some pics in HK.
-This may be one of my fav TRs.
-Didn't know you could go nuts on the plane, and ask for add'l entrees.
-I guess I need to schedule longer layovers in BKK...was the internet pretty fast?
I've read on the US forums that US typically limits segments to four in each direction and that perhaps my Gold status gives me booking flexibility -- but I've never once had an agent even hint that my status helps! My theory is that the "four-segment rule" -- if it exists -- begins and ends at the gateway cities since it doesn't really cost US much to fly me on their metal to get me to those gateway cities. Consider that my non-US itinerary was: SFO-PVG-SIN-BKK-HKG-BKK-FRA-JFK. That's seven segments.

Furthermore, I didn't request my journey to begin PHL-CLT-SFO (I'm not that insane...). I wanted to begin with PHL-SFO, but US booked me through CLT because they wanted to save an F seat on PHL-SFO "for revenue". What's funny is that several days before my originally intended PHL-SFO flight, I noticed that there were still about five F seats available.

As for HK pics, I posted a few on FB while I was there (and most revolve around huge meals shared with hungry teammates at various HK restaurants; yup, more food photos...). But I have many more to come and need to post them on FB. I was in HK mainly to compete in dragon boat races, but found time to do lots more in HK, too.

As for additional entrees on the plane, I only got resistance on the UA leg (surprise, surprise...). The FA told me that the extra meals are for the crew. But when I was given a piece of beef that was too tough to eat, she magically found an extra fish entree.

Then again, if you saw the size of those UA FA's, maybe she was correct about all the extra meals being for the crew. Sorry to be so harsh, but compared to the FA's on all my other flights, let's just say that the UA FA's certainly leave a large carbon footprint.

But on all my other flights, it was indeed "all you can eat"! My strategy is to always pre-order a special meal for every flight (where possible) so that I have one more choice on every flight.

The internet at BKK was adequate. I even was able to upload some hi-res photos.

Thanks for your interest and compliments!

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Old Jul 21, 12, 4:40 am
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Originally Posted by tommyleo View Post
This is great stuff. One of TG FA's friended me on Facebook. She and a Thai friend of hers are commenting on the photo -- all written in Thai! And Bing's translations are nonsensical to boot!
Let me translate for you.

Vathana Singhpuck ทำไมขึ้นเครื่องไม่เจอแอร์คนนี้บ้างเลยน่ะ555
Why I didn't meet this FA when I boarded the flight? lol

Chulaporn Sriaksorn เจอแล้วจาหนาววววนะหัวหน้า
Direct translation is "If you meet me, you will feel cold". But this is a Thai idiom so it means "If you meet me, you will be scared".

Vathana Singhpuck ‎55555หนาวก็ขอผ้าห่มซิครับคุณแอร์คนสวย...สวยไม่เลิ กซักทีนะเราเนี่ย..
lol. If I feel cold, I will request a blanket (Reply an idiom). You still look beautiful.

Chulaporn Sriaksorn ผู้โดยสารเป็นช่างภาพอาชีพนะจ๊ะ ภาพเลยสวยจ้า
It looks beautiful because the passenger is a professional photographer.
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Old Jul 21, 12, 5:06 am
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Great report! Love all the photos.

Btw, I also use my Garmin to track flight path and speed during flight, but signals tend to get lost after about 1/2 hour.

May I ask what camera and lens used for in-flight shots?
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Old Jul 21, 12, 2:38 pm
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
May I ask what camera and lens used for in-flight shots?
Canon 7D. Canon 10-22mm lens, with most photos captured at 10mm (thought some were ultimately cropped some).
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Old Jul 21, 12, 2:39 pm
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Originally Posted by joy16 View Post
Let me translate for you.

Vathana Singhpuck ทำไมขึ้นเครื่องไม่เจอแอร์คนนี้บ้างเลยน่ะ555
Why I didn't meet this FA when I boarded the flight? lol

Chulaporn Sriaksorn เจอแล้วจาหนาววววนะหัวหน้า
Direct translation is "If you meet me, you will feel cold". But this is a Thai idiom so it means "If you meet me, you will be scared".

Vathana Singhpuck ‎55555หนาวก็ขอผ้าห่มซิครับคุณแอร์คนสวย...สวยไม่เลิ กซักทีนะเราเนี่ย..
lol. If I feel cold, I will request a blanket (Reply an idiom). You still look beautiful.

Chulaporn Sriaksorn ผู้โดยสารเป็นช่างภาพอาชีพนะจ๊ะ ภาพเลยสวยจ้า
It looks beautiful because the passenger is a professional photographer.
Bravo!!! ^ ^ ^
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Old Jul 21, 12, 5:28 pm
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Great photos! Thanks for sharing!
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Old Jul 21, 12, 6:24 pm
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Amazing report!

Thank you!
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Old Jul 22, 12, 1:28 am
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Great reports! I'm actually glad you posted them to facebook. I prefer the format and captions. Looking forward to seeing more from you!
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Old Jul 23, 12, 10:02 am
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You are an outstanding professional photographer.
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Old Jul 25, 12, 12:27 pm
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Loved the pics! Thanks for sharing.
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Old Jul 28, 12, 7:11 pm
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Thanks again for all the kind words.
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Old Aug 15, 12, 12:01 am
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Cool

Great photos , Really good to see a picture only TR, your style of photography could destroy the English language . Looking forward to your next ones ^
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Old Aug 15, 12, 3:11 pm
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I can see why you get paid the big bucks - thanks for an excellent preview of what my TG F/LH C experience will be like in January!
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Old Aug 15, 12, 4:19 pm
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Amazing -- I love the pictures with the small captions !!
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