A GTA Online photojournal.

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Posted by El_Zo1212o (6029 posts) -

So I was kinda bored when my GTAO lobby emptied out. No big loss there, no one was on the mic, and more importantly, no one was doing anything profitable. So I grabbed a chopper and decided to try for the award for a 5-minute-long parachute ride.

I realized I probably couldn't get high enough to sail for five minutes from a helicopter, and I didn't feel like trying my luck at the military base, so just before I jumped, I decided I'd do a bit of a photojournal of my favorite free roam activity. It's a 3-stage jump from an aircraft to the maze bank tower, the tower to the construction site and the construction site to the street.
So without further ado, let's begin.
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There really wasn't much to see yet- in the first photo, I'd just jumped from the chopper. In the second, I'd cleared the cloud layer and spotted the Vinewood sign spotlit in the far distance. It will become a hallmark of my little experiment.
Next was spotting my landing zone at the helipad on top of the Maze bank tower, and touching down.
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Up to this point, everything was pretty ho hum. Maybe even slower than usual, since I spent all that time drifting trying to get the award when I knew there was no chance.
Then things got interesting. I hopped carefully off of the helipad in order to begin phase 2- the tower to the construction site.
I circled the roof searching for the parachute that spawns there, and when I found it, the only obstacle left in my way was the stairs down off the helipad. I ran around the stairs like I usually do- I still don't know why I don't just circle in the other direction- but this time my character tripped. He began to slide as I yowled "no, no, NOOOO!" and then slipped right off the edge of the building. But instead of falling to my doom, I fell flat onto the words "Maze Bank" built onto the roof. Figuring my would-be photo essay project DoA, I decided to snap a photo or two before flapping my arms futilely to my concrete-y doom.
[IMG]http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x420/El_Zo1212o/Pic%20Unrelated/0_0-8_zps01d47078.jpg[/IMG] The FIB and IAA towers, [IMG]http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x420/El_Zo1212o/Pic%20Unrelated/0_0-9_zpsf3408590.jpg[/IMG] the tops of the FIB and IAA towers and the Vinewood sign, and [IMG]http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x420/El_Zo1212o/Pic%20Unrelated/0_0-10_zps76f8718b.jpg[/IMG]the best image I could assemble to try to explain where I was standing.
Thus prepared, I decided it was time to meet my maker. But before I flung myself off the edifice, I decided that since I'll likely die anyway, I'd just as surely die looking for a solution as I would by throwing myself out into thin-fuckin'-air, so why not give it a go?
I inched my way ever so carefully from the 'N' where I landed across the 'K' and to the bank logo, held my breath and hit the jump button. To my shock, I actually reached up and grabbed the logo, turned toward the face of the building and jumped again, pulling myself back onto the roof beneath the helipad. after catching my breath, I snapped a couple more:
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The spot on bank's sign where I stood wetting myself and [IMG]http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x420/El_Zo1212o/Pic%20Unrelated/0_0-12_zps1da06de6.jpg[/IMG] another, higher angle of the Vinewood sign and two federal cop buildings.
That done, it was time to move on, strap in and make my way to phase 2. [IMG]http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x420/El_Zo1212o/Pic%20Unrelated/0_0-14_zps334768ac.jpg[/IMG]
A little push later...
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And a quick look back before phase 3. [IMG]http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x420/El_Zo1212o/Pic%20Unrelated/0_0-20_zps6ab9a33c.jpg[/IMG]
(hey, look! you can see the consonant I was stuck standing on for 15 minutes!)
Strapped into a fresh 'chute, I decided to snap a quick pic of my proposed landing zone for the final stretch. [IMG]http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x420/El_Zo1212o/Pic%20Unrelated/0_0-21_zps0c0ffc9f.jpg[/IMG]
A fair beginning as I hop out onto the air again. [IMG]http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x420/El_Zo1212o/Pic%20Unrelated/0_0-24_zpsc90231fe.jpg[/IMG]
And then things start to go south in a hurry. Now keep in mind that I'm doing a number of things at once- I'm piloting the most fragile aircraft in San Andreas where the slightest miscalculation means a sudden yet lingering death, I'm playing with my telephone, taking photos, deciding to save or delete each one as they are taken- and then I added one more task that appears to have been my undoing; altering my flight plan.
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Instead of cruising directly to my preplanned landing zone, I decided to glide around the Union Depository. During the last photo, when the shutter effect activated, I wasn't totally aware of my surroundings and I turned too sharply. Instead of swinging around the side of the UD building, I ended up smacking right into it face first. I tried to save the photo, but falling to your death appears to quell the need to worry about the mundane applications of technology.
When I recovered from my unfortunate experience, I ran to the Union Depository to look of blood, bone and/or cracked pavement to mark my landing zone. I couldn't find it, but made a pretty good estimation based on some unique design elements I narrowly escaped cracking my skull open on on my way down. For the lot of good it did me.
Me at the landing zone, [IMG]http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x420/El_Zo1212o/Pic%20Unrelated/0_0-16_zpseedbd921.jpg[/IMG]
the curious architecture that I just missed, [IMG]http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x420/El_Zo1212o/Pic%20Unrelated/0_0-30_zps9c089f9a.jpg[/IMG] and the view as far up the building as I could manage. [IMG]http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x420/El_Zo1212o/Pic%20Unrelated/0_0-26_zps7aa689ca.jpg[/IMG]
So the end of this little adventure came much more abruptly than I would have hoped, but it still made a great story(or so I think).
#1 Posted by El_Zo1212o (6029 posts) -

Dammit, why the hell aren't the images popping up? A photojournal is kinda pointless without photos, y'know?