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Merlin's Roar

By phil_j  
One of just a few shot's that I like from Sunday's RIAT, which had nothing like the weather that the Saturday crowd enjoyed and suffered from a host of cancellations and altered flying displays as a result.

The sun finally broke through the massed banks of dark grey cloud during the final display of the show, a Spitfire and Typhoon representing the vintage and modern RAF Fighter aircraft.
Amazing thing was, despite the obvious power of the Typhoon's jet engine, when it was throttled back you could still hear the lovely roar of the Spitfires Merlin engine....glorious!!

Hope you like this and thank you for the kind remarks on yesterday's upload, "The Lark Ascending"


Tags: General Sports and action

Voters: rontear, Coleslaw, lenalull and 73 more

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Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
19 Jul 2010 9:42PM
Last year was the same, Phil. Saturday great, Sunday p**.
I am glad we went on Saturday this year. Sorry it wasn't good for you on Sunday though.

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rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
19 Jul 2010 9:47PM
Calm before the storm, an iconic image Phil. Distinctive when they fly over our house ! Ron.
19 Jul 2010 9:48PM
Great shot, and frame and title.
Mayfly 11 485 2 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2010 9:50PM
Classic shot well captured and presented.

19 Jul 2010 10:04PM
Great light Phil... a cracker

User_Removed 14 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2010 10:23PM
Great light and great composition.
At last, someone who can photograph a moving prop.
Nice work.

LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
19 Jul 2010 10:29PM
What a great characterful image you've achieved. Really like it phil.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
19 Jul 2010 10:35PM
You are quite right about the sound of the Merlin above that of the Typhoons. They did make a super sight flying together.
paulrosser 7 22 Wales
19 Jul 2010 10:38PM
Nice lighting in this shot Phil, I like it!
bpearson3 7 1 England
19 Jul 2010 10:49PM
I really like this Phil.
Perfect lighting and pin sharp..... it's fab.

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 12:25AM
I think the weather conditions have given you a more atmospheric image.
20 Jul 2010 5:32AM
Fabulous shot Phil

pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 8:20AM

Quote:I think the weather conditions have given you a more atmospheric image.

I was going to say the very same thing - well done great shot
onewildworld 14 696 4 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 9:10AM
Indeed it looks like Saturday was a better day weather wise. However, you've made the most of the conditions and got a cracking shot of the spit with moody clouds in the background.
phil_j 10 134 4 England
20 Jul 2010 3:05PM
MAny thanks to you all for your comments and support, all very much appreciated.

And to Pete for the honour of the HC, thank you Sir!!.

tim g 13 13 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 4:14PM
Superb image.

Shroomer 9 14 167 England
20 Jul 2010 4:18PM
Classic and full of atmosphere Phil. Beautiful late sun bringing out the sheen of the modern grey paint scheme and love the prop blur
wolf1 6 9 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 5:13PM
Hi Andy, nice capture of the plane and as Dave has mentioned a slower shutter spedd would have blurred the prop movement and enhanced the shot even more.
What speed were you using?
If you look at my recent upload from the Sunday at RIATof the Spitfire I had a speed of 1/250 sec at ISO 200.
Hope this helps

This is a great shot. I see what you mean about the shutter speed.
Don't laugh but i was set at 1/2000!!!!

Thanks for the advice.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
20 Jul 2010 6:41PM
A terrific shot Phil, the grey sky adds atmosphere and impact to this image
20 Jul 2010 7:00PM
Superb work Phil,wonderful detail and comp !! Well deserved HC mate.
wyatturp 11 2 England
20 Jul 2010 9:19PM
Fab picture, well done
Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 10:07PM
Atmospheric image. Congratulations on the HC award.

javam 12 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2010 11:43PM
Very atmospheric shot, the lighting on the spit is excellent.

Congrats on the HC too.

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