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Rochester Airport Flypast

By NDODS    
This wonderful Spitfire donning the D Day Markings Registration; NFX was captured whilst paying an visit to Rochester Airport with one of my Support Workers. We had been there no longer than fifteen minutes, sitting down and enjoying a cup of tea, when one of the staff noticed my camera on the table. He in turn looked at may and said; "There will be a Spitfire doing a flypast in about five minutes if you want a photograph?" I have never ever been in a position to capture a flying aircraft before, so I rushed as quick as I could into the ground opposite the main hanger and waited with bated breath. I soon heard the familiar chugging of the Spitfires thumping engine, and managed to capture a couple of rather unforgettable images.

The sky in the original image was rather featureless, so with a quick bit of CS6 'Jiggery Pokery' I managed to change the sky. "I hope that you approve?"

"Although this is not a Silly Sunday photograph, photograph number two is?". As you will see the Spitfire came frighteningly close in my view finder, which caused me to fall flat on my 'ask to questions', and in turn my camera went flying. Luckily only superficial damage was caused, however I am now beggining to sport a rather large bruise. GrinGrinGrin

Thank you all so very much for taking the time out to look at commenting on yesterdays upload 'Pointless'.

I hope that you have a great day, I on the other hand will start processing my images from yesterdays rather wet, windy and hailstone filled day out at Leeds castle.

Regards Nathan

Tags: Photo journalism Spitfire Aircraft Silly Sunday Dday

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
14 Oct 2012 12:25AM
Changing the sky in V 1 has worked well, Nathan, allowing the sunlit fuselage and wings to display even better, I'm sure. Beautifully captured in fine detail.
Capturing V 2 was an example of dedication to your art when the circumstances resulted in your total collapse.....glad no serious damage to good self and equipment ensued though.

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abeeror2 5 23 Australia
14 Oct 2012 12:33AM
Beautiful photo of a great plane.
14 Oct 2012 12:43AM
v1 is a stunning one.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 12:48AM
The change of sky in V1 works well, and you've positioned the plane beautifully in the frame.
Although V2 is a fun image (a bit like my birds in flight shots really), I was quite concerned about your mishap and hope you're ok.
Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
14 Oct 2012 12:55AM
Excellent captures Nathan. What a treat to be able to photograph these.
Ronnie mentioned that you had collapsed. Do hope you are okay……

debu 8 India
14 Oct 2012 12:58AM
A couple of good captures.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
14 Oct 2012 1:19AM
Thank for this image--- I grew up with these planes and their American counter part--- Seems my Daddy piloted them-- I always love a view of one-- Yours is an excellent one!
14 Oct 2012 2:52AM
Very interesting capture, Nathan. Deep
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
14 Oct 2012 6:08AM
V.1 is superb, Nathan, and the sky is excellent, hope the bruise isn't too painful Smile Carol
gazlowe 5 8 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 6:09AM
Beautiful photo
jdinne 14 16 England
14 Oct 2012 7:25AM
V1 is superb Nathan, great processing. V2 hope you didn't hurt yourself.

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
14 Oct 2012 7:29AM
Those magnificent flying machines and the men who photograph them Smile I love this presentation of an icon !
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 7:46AM
Great two images Nathan, and had a smile about the forth coming bruiseSmile
also called...being in the right place at the right time...brilliant shots
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
14 Oct 2012 7:50AM
A fine piece of manipulation in No. 1 and it is quite a story behind No. 2 just shows you have to take care Nathan.

Franko59 6 3 2 England
14 Oct 2012 7:52AM
Great image well done mate!,,,regards Ian
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 8:00AM
The jiggery pokery has worked a treat. Great detail of this fine old plane. V2 is reminiscent of 99% of the images I took recently at Eastbourne Airborne. Hope your bruise isn't too painful - arnica is supposed to be good. Smile
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 8:02AM
Wonderful images Nathan, I have seen Spitfires fly over a few times but have never been lucky enough to capture one :-( Have a great day my friend and take care

14 Oct 2012 8:32AM
Excellent work Nathan, really like V1,
Dwaller 10 5 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 8:39AM
Love the idea of v1, and the way it emphasis the spitfire.
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
14 Oct 2012 8:49AM
v1 is very well worked, Nathan. A lovely portrayal of this icon. v2 ... one has to laugh GrinGrinGrin A bruise and hurt pride.

Tibetan 5 3 England
14 Oct 2012 8:55AM
V1. nathan goes to my favourite along with V2. take care now, your work on V1. has turned it into a wonderful photo, my Uncle to be flew spits, but never came back, my Aunty never married, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 9:00AM
V1 is brilliant Nathan.

My brother used to fly these in the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which he led for his final tour of duty before retiring.

Sometimes if he was displaying on the West side of the country he used to come over our house and give us a private flypast - the neighbours were impressed GrinGrinGrin

moiral 7 12 Scotland
14 Oct 2012 9:15AM
While I am laughing (and I mean laughing) at your tale of woe Nathan (do have a bit of a sick sense of humour), your V1 image is wonderful. Moira
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 9:15AM
Version 1 is really impressive work Nathan.

User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 9:21AM
A great photo and changing the sky has made the spitfire stand out even better, 2 great pictures, well done. Bob Smile
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
14 Oct 2012 9:27AM
great story..and two great shots...V2 - didn't the pilot come back for a victoy role??? WinkGrinGrin
14 Oct 2012 9:29AM
Love the light and the angle of the Plane banking round Nathan, smashing !

John Smile
14 Oct 2012 9:30AM
Nice one Nathan.
Wow Nathan this is a super shot, does this man have no boundaries lol. talk about putting your hand to anything, ...lovely capture the plane stands out so well good shot well worked pleased you are ok,

Humblebee 5 1 England
14 Oct 2012 10:11AM
Beautiful piece of jiggery pokery Nathan and a superb capture of this icon aircraft even without all its parts in v2 ... Carol Grin
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 10:26AM
Vi is fantastic Nathan, as always spot on.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 113 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 11:02AM
What an adventure!
I can't help but smile at somebody nonchalantly asking would you like to take a photograph?
A very job you've made of it too even if you did need new sky.
As for V2 - that was close!!!!!
Hope posterior is healing and camera undamaged!
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
14 Oct 2012 11:08AM
Beautifully captured Nathan, and that added sky works very well.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Oct 2012 12:03PM
Terrific work in v1 Nathan, that one "takes my breath away"
14 Oct 2012 12:05PM
V1 well reconstructed Nathan fine image as for v2 least no damage to the equipment in the fall and i'm the bruising to the sure'ask to questions' will med soon Tongue

Good work

Graham GrinGrinGrin
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 12:07PM
Excellent shot, Nathan.

User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 12:19PM
Stunning detail, an excellent capture. Smile
I think it deserves the famous Deefer Award. Smile
saltireblue Plus
7 7.7k 33 Norway
14 Oct 2012 12:43PM
V1 is worthy of being a magazine cover or advertisement for these special events, Nathan. Well done for keeping your finger on the shutter button whilst panning in an unusual way.Tongue Pride more bruised than body, I feel.

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
14 Oct 2012 2:24PM
Hope you are ok Nathen,a great set
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
14 Oct 2012 3:09PM
Oh dear, sorry to read of your accident in taking V2 - glad to hear you came away with no more than a bruise! Wink A super capture in V1, and a fine bit of jiggery-pokery, Nathan, wouldn't have known Smile
Trev Smile
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 4:44PM
Great shots,
14 Oct 2012 5:09PM
Nothing like being in the right place at the right time, although it ended up a bit of a tragedy - that showed real dedication though! Nathan, I do hope you are O.K. after the tumble. Great shots, and your work on V1 is ACE.

basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
14 Oct 2012 5:28PM
nice image Nathan.
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 5:46PM
Excellent shot Nathan,V1.Good litghting on the plane.
luckybry 8 3 Scotland
14 Oct 2012 5:57PM
excellent sir
howdog 9 25 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 6:26PM
I 've been to a few airshows over the years the spitfire is a hard one to get(for me anyway) Outstanding work Nathan.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 7:37PM
excellent work Nathan, always a thrill to get a plane in flight and so close, not easy - wish I had been there but sympathise with your bruising, would have made a good picture thoughWink norty meGrin
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
14 Oct 2012 8:21PM
I really like what you have done in v1.. and I hope your bruise is not too bad.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 9:14PM
V1 - great capture! V2 - still laughing at your narrative! Smile
15 Oct 2012 6:17AM
My grandfather was a fighter pilot during the Second World War. So I have a special feeling to the aircraft of this period. By the way, in 1942, he fought in the British fighter "Hurricane"
Great photo, Nathan!Smile
Regards Valery
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 9:34AM
Well captured shot Nathan, nice in flight capture, Peter..
DonMc 9 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 10:43AM
I can only say superbly done!
15 Oct 2012 12:49PM
wonderful shot my friend take care now keep safe Steve
BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
15 Oct 2012 7:21PM
Now I am jealous ..
I adore these little planes and it's so many years
since I saw/heard one fly.
A beautiful capture and very well worked to the new sky.

15 Oct 2012 7:26PM
Fantastic birds-eye view. One has the sensation of being in the air with it.


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