Flying Legends 2015

Early July saw another instalment of the wonderful Flying Legends airshow at the Imperial War Museum – Duxford, near Cambridge. The show is essentially a warbird Mecca, with visitors in their thousands coming from across Europe to attend the spectacle. Each year The Fighter Collection manage to organise an incredibly diverse collection of warbirds, with participants (both aircraft and pilots) travelling great distances to take part.

There are many aircraft which take part but notable appearances for me were the Seafire LF III, flown by Richard Grace on the day and an absolutely stunning machine to behold. The 109 G4 – ‘Red Seven’, with its wonderful sounding Daimler Benz 605 A engine crackling away. The Curtiss P-36C, a recent addition to the TFC stable and of course the Red Bull P-38 Lightning, which is always an incredible thing to see displayed.

Anyway – enough of the rambling, it was an utterly fantastic weekend with all kinds of weather to contend with and I took a good number of photographs. Click on the image below to head into the gallery and sample Flying Legends through my lens and have a think about going next year.



Lake District

A month or so ago, I took another trip up to the Lake District to do some walking, relaxing and also to take some photographs. This gave me an ideal opportunity to try out the Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW, which I had purchased for walking more with my gear. I had also hired the Canon EF11-24mm f/4 L for a bit of wide angle fun. More about these two products in a separate post.

I’ve done some processing and uploaded some photos taken while on the trip. I am no landscape guy, but I like to have a go – so here you go, click the image below to head into the gallery:

Coniston Water

Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2015

I went to Biggin Hill for the first time yesterday for their Festival of Flight. The show had a stunning line up and I was really keen to see a number of acts billed for the day.

Sadly, the weather was deeply unkind to both the organisers and the public in attendance as weather to the North of the show made it impossible for many acts to arrive at all. To add to this the Chinook had a technical issue and was also unable to attend. The result of this was a large number of gaps created in the flying schedule and the organisers had to rely on the remote control aircraft enthusiasts, which turned up in force to display their models.

Despite the challenging weather for the pilots (and for those of us there hoping to take photographs!), the acts which were able to attend  were absolutely excellent and we had a number of moving fly pasts in tribute to those who bravely fought in the Battle of Britain 75 years ago. The two ship Spitfire finale flown by Steve Jones and Paul Bonhomme was truly incredible and a massive treat to watch and photograph.

I’ve posted some photos from the day, which have suffered from the conditions somewhat, in the gallery linked to by clicking the image below:

Spitfire Pair

Flying Legends

As we anticipate the build up to Flying Legends this year, I have uploaded a gallery containing my photos from last year’s show which had a great line up. This year’s line up looks to be absolutely fantastic too!

Click the image below to open the gallery:YK6T1596

Shuttleworth VE Day Show – May 2015

Earlier in May I decided to brave the weather forecast and go the Shuttleworth’s season première. This turned out to be a great decision. On the day the weather was somewhat variable and the wind too high for much of the lighter aircraft to be able to fly. This resulted in extended displays from the visiting and remaining acts on the day which really turned out to be a treat.

I’ve posted a gallery of my photos from the day, click the image below to head over to take a look!untitled shoot-7629

Super Moon

Due to clouds and ropey weather the super moon wasn’t visible until up in the sky last night but I thought I would take this anyway.

Super Moon

I need to get round to shooting the moon during other phases to get nicer detail from it. Even so, this does pretty well for using the 2x converter.

Canon 1D X

So – after desiring one for some time and becoming frustrated one too many times with the buffer performance of my 1Ds MkII I decided to bite the bullet and buy a 1D X.

Obviously the weekend I receive it we have had an enormous storm arrive making the weather fairly dreadful. However, this just gave me a chance to try out the apparently incredible high ISO performance of the camera.

After a bit of playing with it and trying out various settings (there is a LOT of configuration to play with, excellently) I started tooling around photographing the dogs in the garden.

Boggle (my Black Labrador) was sat in deep shade during a sunny spell and I took a (badly framed) shot to try a higher ISO. This was the result (no cropping, default sharpening of 25 in Lightroom and no noise reduction applied:

Boggle In The Shade


Here is a 100% crop of the eye and ear:


And a 100% crop of the out of focus background:


A bit of noise there, but even what is there is pleasant smooth noise with no nasty colouration and the detail in the sharp areas of the photograph is nicely held without noise really being an issue.

This photo was taken at ISO 10,000… incredible.

There is a High ISO Noise Reduction setting in the camera which I have left as default but I haven’t ascertained whether or not that only applies to JPG files produced by the camera (the above was shot in RAW).

The following shot of Boggle running towards me was taken at ISO 16,000 in dull lighting caused by some cloud cover, click the image for a larger version:

Hover Boggle

This does exhibit some noise in the detail but it still makes for a pleasing image I think – and it is ISO 16,000 for crying out loud!

One of WIle E running in similar conditions at ISO 8,000, click the image for a larger version:


And just for the hell of it, I took one in the woods. On an overcast day, to see what I could get. Now, this would be unusable for a colour reproduction and is an aggressive crop – then converted to mono – it still makes quite a nice B&W in my opinion, although it is clearly suffering noise wise, click the image for a larger version:

That was ISO 25,600…

I can’t wait to get out into my hide or to an airshow with this camera.