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Sally and her little friend

By javam    
Sally B (aka Memphis Belle) and her escort Ferocious Frankie.

You will probably spot the Mustang is slightly blurred. I could have made a composite image with both of them sharp, but as it is, this is 'natural' and I suspect the mustang is slightly blurred due to the slow shutter speed and parallax effect making the tracking speed for each aircraft different (I tracked Sally).

Tags: Aircraft Airshow Sally b Warbirds Ferocious frankie P-51 mustang Sports and action Duxford Flying Legends B-17 Flying Fortress

Voters: franken, Jocelia, gwynn56 and 24 more


Nigel_95 Plus
13 262 2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2014 7:18PM
Well done at that shutter speed Neil. My hit rate for focus on the B17 is lower than with other aircraft, I suspect it may be her colour or the matt finish.


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dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 598 England
16 Jul 2014 7:57PM
The aircraft move relative to each other, so a much higher speed would be required to get both sharp, but then you'd lose the prop movement. Sod's law or something like that Smile
Prefer natural to superimposed even though that would actually be closer to how we actually see it.
javam 15 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2014 11:22PM
Thanks both.

The shutter speed was a very concious decision, more than enough light on Saturday to go faster. Also have some of her without a blurred companion, but I preferred this one.

Not had a problem with focusing on the B-17 Nigel. The Bearcat has been a bit of a unicorn for me at previous airshows though, as I have struggled to get focus on it, but managed to get a couple on Saturday that I am happy with.
Alison_S 13 339 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2014 7:48AM
Fantastic work..........amazing detail, and a treat to see!
Buffalo_Tom Plus
13 2.3k 9 Wales
13 Jul 2016 1:08PM
Superb, like the contrast and scale.

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