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Richard Todd of Dambusters' film visits Ladybower reservoir

By philtaylorphoto  
Last night we had a TV programme about great British war films, so I felt it was time to revisit the archives. Not a bad image, as it was taken on a battered 3 Megapixel d30.

Dambusters revisit Ladybower reservoir on Good Friday, 29th March 2002. Actor, Richard Todd, who was in the Dambusters film was flown in with veterans from the original 617 squadron...A wreath was laid in honour of squadron members, and poppies were scattered on the water. Afterwards, Richard Todd and the squadron members visited the newly opened museum on top of the dam...Unfortunately the large crowd who had gathered expecting a fly past of 2 Hercules or a Lancester were disappointed, having to be content with a few passes of the commercial helicopters bringing the guests, and a lone Tiger Moth...I

Tags: Photo journalism Ladybower reservoir Dambusters Richard todd

Voters: AlfieK, mrswoolybill, rickie and 21 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2018 7:57AM
A good memory. We watched the same excellent programme.
rickie 16 100 2 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2018 7:57AM
That's a fine portrait.
You don't get legends like him in the film industry anymore.
Robert51 12 7 124 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2018 8:28AM
Excellent portrait of one of our most loved actors. Also shows that with all the updates we have not come that far...

If I could award two awards I would, one for your image and one for the joy Richard Todd brought us all.

Happy New Year...
philtaylorphoto 20 334 2
31 Dec 2018 12:07PM
The d30 was groundbreaking. No going back to the office, process and scan. With a Nokia Cardphone 2, you could wire directly from location on a laptop at 14,400 bps! That's right kbps, not megabits....

The d30 had better grain than film at 400 ASA, but as a camera it was hot and miss. No light up focus points in the viewfinder, so it was easy to forget which one was active. It was incredibly slow motor drive wise, coming from a rugged, heavy EOS1nHS that would work for hours in pouring rain, it leaked like a sieve. The shutter life was around 25,000 frames so it spent loads of time back at Canon. At least it had better resolution than Nikon's 1D.

Todd was charming and helpful.
31 Dec 2018 12:44PM
A lovely portrait in it's own right and all the more special for the context and the associations. What a joy! SmileSmileSmile
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
31 Dec 2018 3:01PM
Just shows that it's how you use it that matters, Phil.
philtaylorphoto 20 334 2
31 Dec 2018 8:41PM
It was a truly hateful tool to use after the apex of the film era, like the EOs1n, F4, F5.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
31 Dec 2018 10:43PM
I never had any experience of a D30, though I borrowed a D60 a few times before I got my own first digital camera, a Minolta Dynax 7D.

Things have definitely improved over hte years - though film cameras offer a different experience, which i rather like.

Happy New Year, Phil.
philtaylorphoto 20 334 2
31 Dec 2018 10:50PM
The d60, all the awfulness of a d30 with double the pixels.

The successor, the 10D was an altogether better beast, not dissimilar to any modern double or single digit Canon .
peterkin 17 683 England
2 Jan 2019 6:46PM
A nice portrait of one of our best loved actors who, as I'm sure you know, was somewhat of a war hero himself.

philtaylorphoto 20 334 2
2 Jan 2019 8:12PM
They had some of the surviving Dambusters at the event, but this shot and a set up with poppies floating on the water made the page.

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