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Crossing at High Speed

By cymru2019
On an awful day weather wise at the RAF Waddington Air Show 2014 any decent photography was really limited. In the afternoon the sun came out behind us and at least the sides of the Red Arrows Hawks lit up. Although this is not a picture of great quality the secret of photographing at air shows is not to give up and always be observant and await opportunities. As far as I know each of these planes were flying about 400 mph so continuous shooting was the order of the day. The telephoto lens makes it look like these planes were almost on the same flight path which of course is the illusion. Nevertheless hats off to our RAF crews who make these illusions look easy but in fact they need to pull the scenes off with precision flying. David

Tags: Red arrows General Bad weather Precision Flying displays Military aircraft

Voters: mike9005, Monochrome2004, sawsengee and 18 more


Fantastic image

Patience is definitely a virtue

cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2019 4:58PM
Thanks Carole! David
30 Jun 2019 6:10PM
Excellent David, shot the Red Arrows when I was on holiday in Malta a few years ago,
cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2019 6:44PM
Thanks Fred. No doubt you had the sun to contend with! David
capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2019 7:13PM
That's a cracking 400 mph shot.Smile
cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2019 8:00PM
Ivor, thanks for your comment ---and award! David
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
30 Jun 2019 11:45PM
At these speeds not much room for error. You did well to catch them in that position. i found in this type of situation that you have to shoot a lot of pictures hoping that some are acceptable, especially if using a telephoto lens. Therefore, well done.
30 Jun 2019 11:49PM
Timed to perfection David. Pam
cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2019 8:52AM
Ian, thanks for the vote and your comments. You are absolutely right. Using continuous shooting mode on my camera I can take 6.3 frames a second. If these military planes are travelling at 400mph then the distance they travel in a second. if my maths are correct, is about 200 yards I believe. Therefore to achieve the perfect result required is just being fortunate enough to have started depressing the shutter button at the right time.
cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2019 8:52AM
Thanks Pam for your vote and comments. Please see my reply to Ian. David
sparrowhawk Plus
13 282 2 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2019 10:24AM
great shot
cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2019 10:37AM
Thanks Steve for comment - and vote! David
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2019 10:24AM
David you have captured this air scene so well
cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2019 1:30PM
Lillian - Thanks for the kind comment and vote. David

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