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Red Arrows

By AlanBW
Despite living close to RAF Fairford for nearly 30 years, Tricia and I had never attended the Royal International Air Tattoo before. This year we decided it was time that we did. The day didn't start too well as the traffic to Fairford was so heavy that it took us two hours to go the nine miles from home - good job we started out early! As luck would have it, despite the dodgy forecasts the weather on Saturday was superb.

Eventually we parked in a large field and made our way to the main area, where there were scores of aircraft on display, plus a few vintage cars and a superb collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles. All day the large crowd was entertained by amazing feats of flying from all sorts of aircraft, but the highlight of the day for most people was the appearance of the wonderful Red Arrows.

I tend to concentrate my photography on people and places, so this took me well and truly out of my comfort zone. Not only was it my first attendance at the Royal International Air Tattoo, but it was also the first time I had ever attempted to photograph aircraft in flight - and most of them were moving really fast! The above shot - taken hand held - shows part of the display by the Red Arrows, who kept the spectators enthralled with a series of spectacular manoeuvres. Tricia caught some terrific aerial action on her video camera.

Tags: Red arrows General Transport Aircraft Fairford Formation Riat Sports and action

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G73photography 14 417 15 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 8:13AM
well taken and cropped too, G
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 8:15AM
great timing Alan, not an easy shot to get,
16 Jul 2007 8:29AM
Excellent capture Alan,
firzhugh 16 13 New Zealand
16 Jul 2007 8:34AM
great capture, would love to go to one of these
User_Removed 16 386 2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 8:40AM
Excellent capture.
Wonderful. Smile
imagio 14 12 1 England
16 Jul 2007 8:50AM
Excellent capture like the way it goes fomr corner to corner in an arch, great sense of movement

BlindMonkey 16 158 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 8:59AM
well captured! it was the 1st time for me on saturday to..... what a great day!

Nettles 13 England
16 Jul 2007 9:02AM
Excellent capture of a very difficult moving target.
I was lucky enough to spend a day with the Red Arrows, a really fascinating day, as I was also allowed to sit in on their pre-flight briefing and the post flight one as well, they are so tough on themselves.
They were all SO young.
Super capture, well done.
PS The planes are so lod they are almost stuck together with sticky tape and no computers on board. They line up by wing nuts !!
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 9:16AM
A super capture! Excellent timing Alan.

MikeEG 14 10 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 9:36AM
Exellent capture Alan, out of your comfort zone yes, but what a great shot.
trissie 14 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 9:46AM
A brilliant capture Alan, superb timing.

Trish x
16 Jul 2007 9:56AM
Class act Alan, excellent
Barbaraj 14 450 England
16 Jul 2007 10:00AM
Wonderful shot and spot on timing.
Guillaume 14 119 2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 10:50AM
Great composition. Never easy to photograph fast moving subjects and you have done well. Blue, White and Red... the colours of the French flag is a bonus! Smile Click
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2397 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 12:11PM
This is Definitely Different for you, a really impressive capture with a great sense of movement.
KingBee Plus
14 548 2 Scotland
16 Jul 2007 12:34PM
Yes, very different from your usual choice of material, but you can't hide the quality which always shines through in your images. Well taken.

GrahamBaines 13 39 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 12:35PM
Nicely captured Alan. Excellent image.

danbrann 16 640 17
16 Jul 2007 1:56PM
a bit different for you yet you still produce a stunning image of a difficlt subject.
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
16 Jul 2007 2:41PM
A good composition, and great timing.
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 3:49PM
superb result worth the effort - a cascade of colour and flight action.
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 4:37PM
FANTASTIC!!! We have these down in Cornwall once a year at Culdrose..a brilliant shot of them.
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 4:38PM
Ooh, great shot Alan! I hope there's more!
x Carol x
RobinF 14 83 1 England
16 Jul 2007 6:03PM
Superb! I love the Red Arrows and cannot see them often enough. Sadly, everyone else in my family thinks airshows are boring! Excellent capture of a difficult (and very fast moving!) subject Alan. - regards Robin
16 Jul 2007 6:28PM
Well done, a fabulous picture of the Red Arrows.

mollye 14 3 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 6:31PM
This is a fantastic capture well done
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
16 Jul 2007 6:34PM
An excellent shot of the Red Arrows in formation, a superb effort for a first attempt at an action shot
16 Jul 2007 7:16PM
Great capture. Very British... Love it.

helena 17 134 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 7:50PM
Brilliant, I love it Alan, well done Tara x
patsy88 14 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 7:57PM
Well caught..
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
16 Jul 2007 8:05PM
an excellent capture
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
16 Jul 2007 8:05PM
Well timed Alan.Glad you had a great day.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
16 Jul 2007 10:08PM
they're a class act...well caught
DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
16 Jul 2007 10:11PM
A belter of a Red Arrows shot. Very well caught Alan. All the best. Bruce
AlanC1 14 1 England
16 Jul 2007 10:18PM
Fantastic capture well done
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
16 Jul 2007 10:35PM
A wonderful capture.
Herge88 Plus
14 40 6 England
16 Jul 2007 11:22PM
Great capture Alan.

Best Matt
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
17 Jul 2007 12:06AM
It's sometimes good to move out of one's comfort zone Alan - and you have captured an excellent dynamic photo here. Smile
jkennedy 15 4 1 Indonesia
17 Jul 2007 4:03AM
A well captured action shot Alan. The diagonal composition is perfect. CLIK,
17 Jul 2007 5:43AM
An excellent capture Alan, great timing.

Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 7:33AM
what a fab action shot
i hear they are at blackpool this wk end
well taken colours and detail great
Mavis 19 143 2 England
17 Jul 2007 7:39AM
A great achievement Alan. They flew over my rooftop abot 3 week's ago and I wasn't ready for them !!
wyatturp 15 2 England
17 Jul 2007 7:58AM
Super comp not easy , well done that man

KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 7:58AM
great comp. Alan
Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
17 Jul 2007 8:12AM
This must be spectacular to see for yourself. Your picture nicely conveys the precision of their formation flying.
17 Jul 2007 8:33AM
Wonderful shot, great composition. helen
AlanBW 15 20 England
17 Jul 2007 11:54AM
Wow, thanks everyone - much appreciated as always. Alan
iajacks 15 24 England
17 Jul 2007 12:57PM
the composition is good on this one, with a good lenght on the trail and good detail in the plains.

nice one ian
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
17 Jul 2007 1:08PM
Hi Alan,
What a capture,love the different coloured smoke,angle,detail,exposure and presentation.What a cracker.take care.AnnSmile
SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 3:29PM
Should imagine this was a tricky shot but you've managed an excellent capture with lots of colour & a spot-on composition. Our 2 youngest sons camped at the airshow for the weekend really enjoyed it.
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
17 Jul 2007 3:40PM
A superb image Alan. I love the diagonal line created by the formation of the aircraft. The coloured smoke trails going in the opposite direction are fantastic. Impressive work.

Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
17 Jul 2007 3:50PM
Perfect shot. Excellent camera work.
AlanBW 15 20 England
17 Jul 2007 4:54PM
Thanks Ian, Ann, Sandra, Phil and Andy - much appreciated as always, Alan
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
17 Jul 2007 5:15PM
How did you ever keep them all in frame like this? Great timing and wonderful composition. -=\Walter
Grim1 14 49 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 5:18PM
Great capture and timing!
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
17 Jul 2007 5:19PM
great catching them on the loop like that
newy17 15 273 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 7:48PM
fantastic shot alan well captured.
17 Jul 2007 7:55PM
Don't you just love erm. Great shot.

John Smile
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
17 Jul 2007 8:59PM
Super shot, Alan.
Good colors and composition.
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 11:30PM
Having taken my (otherwise competent) Fuji S5000 to an airshow a couple of years ago, and given up in despair at the frozen screen whilst it thought about focussing, I am well impressed with this Alan.

xinia 16 54
17 Jul 2007 11:36PM
may have been out of your comfort zone but you've captured a very crisp display of the flights Smile
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 6:12AM
totally excellent Allan
catnappin 14 666 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 7:17AM
AlanBW 15 20 England
18 Jul 2007 8:58AM
Thanks everyone, your comments are much appreciated - Alan
phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 10:10AM
Fantastic timing Alan,superb colours.

AlanBW 15 20 England
18 Jul 2007 10:46AM
Thanks Mo
18 Jul 2007 11:03AM
brilliantly caught great colours
SueTurner 16 81 3 England
18 Jul 2007 2:15PM
well done for getting them all in the frame so well - Sue
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
18 Jul 2007 3:21PM
Well taken, Spot on! click!!!

summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 3:22PM
Superb capture, love the colours and composition
mickp 15 9 7 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 4:46PM
This is definitely a departure from your norm and it is certainly within your 'comfort zone'. Well composed when you consider the speed that they would have been travelling at.
15 13 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 5:19PM
Great shot Alan!

AlanBW 15 20 England
18 Jul 2007 5:19PM
Thanks SugarPlum, Sue, Carole-Anne, Greg and Mick, much appreciated - Alan
Rock 18 10 2 England
18 Jul 2007 6:15PM
They wil be over York very soon as they are giving a display at Elvington.

A fine shot !

AlanBW 15 20 England
18 Jul 2007 6:24PM
Thanks Simon and Rock - Alan
Mounters 14 85 2 England
18 Jul 2007 9:06PM
well taken
joseph 15 England
18 Jul 2007 9:07PM
Wow!..That is one stunning shot Alan...Comfort zone? can take pics of anything and make it your own...Superb work. Rgds. Joe.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
18 Jul 2007 10:57PM
Great composition and colours!
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
18 Jul 2007 11:24PM
First class composition in this shot Alan. It's always nice to try something different. John
AlanBW 15 20 England
19 Jul 2007 7:06AM
Thanks Mounters, Joseph, Rende and John; thanks everyone - Alan
S_Boulding 14 72 England
19 Jul 2007 8:28AM
The sky is really clear, so the smoke stands out really well. Gorgeous photo,
bdettmer 14 1 United States
19 Jul 2007 3:05PM
Great shot!
AlanBW 15 20 England
19 Jul 2007 3:18PM
Thanks Sarah and Bernie, much appreciated - Alan
rhein75 13 Germany
19 Jul 2007 3:36PM
great shot. i like the way you chose the crop...
jakcie 14 8 Ireland
19 Jul 2007 3:50PM
I wanted to capture Red Arrows on the Galway Air Show but I could not. I like that picture indeed.
panda 16 5 1 England
19 Jul 2007 5:02PM
Beautifully framed Alan, a great capture.

JimV 14 6 3 Canada
20 Jul 2007 3:10AM
They say a true crafstman can turn his hand to anything, and you've just proven that true Alan, excellent shot by any standard!
Rgds., Jim
AlanBW 15 20 England
20 Jul 2007 6:47AM
Thanks Rhein, Kuba, Phil and Jim, much appreciated - Alan
bruce295 15 28 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2007 3:59PM
Superb shot Alan, well captured.
piccy 14 8 Wales
20 Jul 2007 10:09PM
Well caught - they make a fine shot.
myrab 14 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2007 10:17PM
Very well done Alan, another super shot.
Pegon 15 78 1 England
20 Jul 2007 10:49PM
Great shot Alan, well caught.
Caledonia 14 2 Scotland
20 Jul 2007 11:01PM
First class shot! I've seen them a few times over Prestwick. Great colours and composition.
Ceciliat 16 6 Philippines
21 Jul 2007 3:53AM
Excellent capture - great colours.
Well taken...
AlanBW 15 20 England
21 Jul 2007 9:45AM
Thanks Geoff, Freda, Myra, Pete, Marie and Cesie, much appreciated as always - Alan
21 Jul 2007 11:47AM
Alan - wow what a picture, and nearly up to 100 votes too - I'm sure that someone else will follow me - I've never given no 99 beofre though!

21 Jul 2007 4:56PM
Great buch of five Al', good shooting.

John Smile
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2007 6:22PM
I adore the 'arrows'.... superb capture and timing and lovely presentation.
Karen Smile
AlanBW 15 20 England
21 Jul 2007 7:43PM
Thanks Mike, John & Karen, thanks everyone - Alan
tuhin 14
22 Jul 2007 12:34PM
Beautiful imaze.
AlanBW 15 20 England
22 Jul 2007 6:02PM
Thanks Tuhin, thanks all - Alan
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2007 8:20PM
hi alan - love the colourfull curves in this.
Desh_M 16 410
23 Jul 2007 6:46AM
cheerful shot nice colour
Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2007 1:27PM
Great capture there Alan, they are at our local lowestoft airshow this week (can't wait). I used to often visit the air tattoo when I was a young aircraft fanatic. Always remember watching the two Mig-29s colide open mouthed with the camera dangling down my front Smile
AlanBW 15 20 England
23 Jul 2007 2:14PM
Thanks Ian, Desh and Gaz, much appreciated
23 Jul 2007 5:14PM
Neat capture Alan am so chuffed for you exellent, a well time action shot, spot on.
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2007 9:46PM
Absolutely super: first time and all. Lol
I do like the Red Arrows. Glad you enjoyed your venture into aviation.


AlanBW 15 20 England
24 Jul 2007 6:51AM
Thanks Debbie and Daphne, much appreciated as always - Alan
daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2007 9:00AM
I cannot add to what has already been said. Super work Alan!

Yogendra 17 22 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2007 5:09PM
Great shot captured with great timing, Superb.

AlanBW 15 20 England
24 Jul 2007 5:50PM
Thanks Fran & Yogendra - Alan
GlenD 14 United States
25 Jul 2007 10:44AM
Very different for you Alan but a great shot though! Used to go to these Air show too in Norfolk they do some amazing stuff don't they.

derekv 13 3 England
25 Jul 2007 7:47PM
Brilliant capture !
AlanBW 15 20 England
25 Jul 2007 8:52PM
Thanks Glen and Derek, appreciate your kind comments - Alan
Possum 14 148 England
26 Jul 2007 10:50AM
Superb composition and great timing, Alan. I used to live not too far from Fairford and had a free show from the back garden as planes returned to Brizenorton!
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
27 Jul 2007 12:57PM
wow i forgot what i was gonna say by the time i got here!!
i agree with all the above alan
AlanBW 15 20 England
27 Jul 2007 1:35PM
Thanks Allie and Cat, appreciate your kind comments - Alan
31 Jul 2007 4:46AM
HI Alan, up to your good tricks again. Lovely image well captured and well presented. Wonderful! Jenn
Richard707 14 14 United States
1 Aug 2007 6:38AM
Nice shot! The tilt is dynamic.
mikesavage 18 299 2 England
1 Aug 2007 7:01PM
Nice diagonal composition - I saw the Red arrows at the Windermere air show last Sunday. Click!
2 Aug 2007 10:36AM
This is one of the best photos of the Red Arrows that I have ever seen, and I've seen many as they perform at Dartmouth Regatta every year. A wonderful composition.

AlanBW 15 20 England
5 Aug 2007 9:46AM
Thanks everyone, much appreciated - Alan
sputnki 16 10 Canada
5 Aug 2007 1:57PM
It's always good to step outside your comfort zone once and awhile!

AlanBW 15 20 England
5 Aug 2007 5:01PM
Thanks Doug, much appreciated - Alan
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
13 Aug 2007 8:04AM
Super shot and great composition. These are not easy and its not your normal type of shot so well done Alan.
AlanBW 15 20 England
13 Aug 2007 11:13AM
Cheers Paul, thanks for your kind comment - Alan
angelamary 15 6 England
16 Aug 2007 11:42AM
Good catch!
16 Aug 2007 4:50PM
Excellent capture, well done.
AlanBW 15 20 England
16 Aug 2007 5:13PM
Thanks Angela and Christine, very much appreciated - Alan
17 Aug 2007 10:37PM
Superb capture, Alan.
19 Aug 2007 2:19PM
Beautiful shot - Well taken. Smile
ian_w 16 22 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2007 7:06AM
Well captured! Nice one.
AlanBW 15 20 England
20 Aug 2007 9:43AM
Thanks Mac, Lorraine and Ian, much appreciated - Alan
KevinJM 14 3 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2007 7:41AM
Great shot of a difficult subject Kev
AlanBW 15 20 England
21 Aug 2007 11:21AM
Thanks Kev, very much appreciated - Alan
CatMouse 17 115 Russian Federation
2 Sep 2007 8:47AM
Very good captured, fine composed planes!
AlanBW 15 20 England
2 Sep 2007 7:58PM
Many thanks Malik & Mary - Alan
Fantastic Love it!!
AlanBW 15 20 England
8 Sep 2007 4:03PM
Cheers Danny, much appreciated - Alan
MartaHari 13 1 Spain
26 Nov 2007 4:28PM
that's a real classic, Alan!
Bowline 14 28 England
31 Dec 2007 4:00PM
Nice shot Alan. I was in that traffic Jam, on the way down to Hampshire! Never saw anything of the air show mind. So I left it to you!
Regards A
BigKiz 16 Scotland
19 Mar 2008 9:29PM
Great capture and nicely presented.

27 Mar 2008 12:01PM
love it and being a forces child i cant get enough of the arrows good photo
AlanBW 15 20 England
27 Mar 2008 3:00PM
Many thanks Brian and Karen - Alan
kat96 12 6 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2008 6:29PM
Love the colours well captured.
Great work.

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