Category: Aircraft Photography

In Readiness for Farnborough

In Readiness for Farnborough

In readiness for the Farnborough Airshow, which is fast approaching, I thought I’d post a before and after of the Lancaster

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after


 
This image was converted to HDR, then Topaz Adjust for Details, and finally Lightroom filters applied to give the colours.

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A Red Arrows Loss

A Red Arrows Loss

These guys & girls are amazing pilots and bring so much joy to thousands of people. It is so sad to hear of a loss of a Red Arrow. They are always a thrill to see.

Lets hope they fly again soon, and we remember the fallen.


Old Photos Renewed!

Old Photos Renewed!

A while ago I had a go at renewing a few of my older photo by creating some jpg hdr versions of them.

This worked really well and quite a few of them on flickr seemed to have been really popular.  I did a similar thing with a Spitfire image and made it sepia.  I was so pleased with the result, that last week I tried a few more.

This is another, quite normal bland image that has come to life with this process.

Waiting for the Call

I can see myself using the process a few more time yet!…

Farnborough Airshow 08 – The Vulcan!

Farnborough Airshow 08 – The Vulcan!

The last couple of weeks we have been battling with the Farnborough Airshow traffic. Living close to Farnborough means that for 2 weeks every 2 years temporary lights and diversions appear around Farnborough and the surrounding areas. This makes it difficult to get to work, and very difficult if you want to go out on the weekend of the show, unless you are heading in the opposite direction!

The plus side of all of this, is that in the buildup week, we get the aircraft flying across the works multi-storey car park and so it is a great place to stand to see some of the aircraft. In some displays, you get the aircraft flying directly over your head down the centre of the car park, at what feels like just a few metres above you!

This week the Vulcan was flying, so we all wanted to see what path if would take. After its initial take-off and disappear it started its display. Being so high we could see it flying down the runway, then starting to turn, and turn towards us. It continued its turn and banked right above our heads providing a great underside shot, At one point it was actually too close for the lens.

Sadly the week leading up to the show wasn’t ideal weather so in some shots it looked really dull is it was still raining, but, I still get some interesting pictures of it!

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Biggin Hill

Biggin Hill

Well the weather is still wet, however at the moment it looks like Saturday may be ok. Lets hope so, as I am still hoping to go to the Biggin Hill Airshow which is on all this weekend.

Now, I have been to a couple in the past an been lucky with the weather, however one I went to it bucketed it down at the beginning and I remember this poor guy having to fly in an open cockpit WWI tri-plane! I had to try and keep the camera out of the torrential rain, then try and get a photo when the aircraft was in the correct position so as not to get water on the lens. Get an interesting grainy photo though, where the graining was the rain!

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I have quite good waterproof gear for myself, and some decent protection for the camera, put you still have to keep it off the lens. Luckily that time it didn’t last for long and made for interesting photos, but you don’t want it all the time.

This weekend at Biggin Hill, hopefully I should see, Spitfires, Lancaster, Mustangs, Red Arrows & a Typhoon. Never seen or photographed one of them! Ah, just realised, the Typhoon, is probably going to be the EuroFighter, not the WWII Typhoon, shame… Does a flying on of those exist?.. Short Answer: No.

A380 & Eurofighter

A380 & Eurofighter

Yesterday was the first official day of the Farnborough Airshow.

One of the first aircrafts to go up was the A380. Its big!!

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I also managed to get a few photos of the Eurofighter.

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