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The Ripening Harvest

The seeds were sown when Harris, chief of Bomber Command, commenting on the 1941 ‘blitz’ by the Luftwaffe said ‘they have sown the wind and shall reap the whirlwind’. By 1942 the RAF and RCAF were building up the heavy bomber night force of Lancaster, Halifax and Stirling aircraft and the USAF had started their first operations with B17s. By the autumn of 1943 the above combined forces were mounting round the clock operations from over 300 bases crammed into an area, 150 miles by 50 miles, from Cambridge to York and indeed the ‘harvest‘ was being reaped.

Travelling down to Duxford, via the A1, at the weekend I was struck by all the village sign-posts telling the names of so many famous WW2 bomber stations. The countryside was in full summer bloom and some background shots were taken, via the car window (thanks Connor), to add some colour to B17 composites.

The image depicts a commonplace event as a B17 Group lifts off from a Lincolnshire base - slowly climbing away and struggling to form the complex defensive formations necessary for daylight penetration into Europe. It would be more than two hours after take-off before all the aircraft, often up to 800, were assembled over East Anglia and ready to head east.

Composite from many airshow images and background from the low-flying car!!

Title:The Ripening Harvest
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:18 Jul 2010 - 10:40 AM
Tags:Aircraft, B17, Digital art, Ww2
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blackgreyhound
18 Jul 2010 - 10:49 AM

great shot

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2010 - 11:06 AM

A Superb capture ,very well taken and presented
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digital_boi
18 Jul 2010 - 11:07 AM

wow you learn something new every day had no idea 2hrs to get formed good composit again Pat and thanks for the narrative excellent

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Imagephotographics

Fabulous image/work Pat - well done

Chris

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2010 - 11:36 AM

Superb work here yet again, Pat. The composite image so cleverly done you'd hardly believe it's not a photo, and the accompanying narrative as always brings the whole package alive. Look forward to the next in the series!
Ronnie.

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jeronius
jeronius  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2010 - 11:57 AM

Oh, this is great. The composition with the field and the aircraft rising into the sky is a wonderful concept.
Jerry
PS Superb narrative.

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franken
franken e2 Member 123265 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2010 - 12:26 PM

Another excellent image.

Ken

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UBOAT
UBOAT  741 forum posts Scotland
18 Jul 2010 - 12:36 PM

Excellent composition Grampa, nice contrast of colours and framing. We were on photorecon in the car and was it windy couldn't hear a sound in the back.

connor
looking foward to east fortune

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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2010 - 4:27 PM

Up up and away Jim ~ Stirring stuff
Regards Rick

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2010 - 4:41 PM

Another excellent piece of work, Pat. Reminds me of the film 'Memphis Belle'. Great image and write up as always.
Steve.

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wideangler
18 Jul 2010 - 4:57 PM

Evocative stuff as usual Pat; always great to read your 'backgrounds'. The picture, as always, skilfully composed and so very well presented.

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lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2010 - 6:24 PM

Now that's low flying Pat, what a great shot, and some very interesting History too.

John Smile

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2010 - 7:45 PM

smashing comp.lesley

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photophantom
18 Jul 2010 - 8:53 PM

Superb concept, very well done
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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2010 - 9:26 PM

Fantastic image Pat, you can almost here the engines and believe it was a war time shot.

Paul

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Jestertheclown
18 Jul 2010 - 9:28 PM

Great stuff once again Pat.

Bren.

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2010 - 8:28 AM

Superb composite Pat - processed to perfection and wonderfully atmospheric and nostalgic. The narrative is pure magic and complements the image perfectly.
Sylvia

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2010 - 8:31 AM

wonderful work Pat, the way you have blended this together with the ripe fields of grain the shadow of the aircraft on the field as it flies low and the others fading into infinity - great work

Linda

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mrjt  8 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2010 - 7:59 PM

Hi first visit, a great gallery, and write up. your images are very well presented.....Jack.

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 8124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2010 - 8:06 PM

Brilliant, emotional, informative and technically excellent image Pat!

I think I got #30 too - congratulations - well deserved,

Mike

Last Modified By oldgreyheron at 19 Jul 2010 - 8:07 PM

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metro074 e2 Member 5metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2010 - 10:28 PM

A superb image. Love the formation of take off. Excellent write up. Smile
Carol

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2010 - 9:39 AM

A cracking compilation and work Pat and well done Connor on the landscape. Great teamwork. Love the narrative and again this superb work as always worked to perfection.
Richard

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viscostatic
28 Jul 2010 - 7:33 PM

Excellent.

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