I'm afraid Sywell is now a sell out, so advance tickets only. No tickets are available on the gate. No doubt due to a certain Canadian visitors inclusion. Thankfully I predicted this and bought early. Same with Little Gransden the following weekend.
But if you get the chance in the future definitely, it's a fantastic venue, wonderful airshow and is all in aid of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. The show is every two years though so you are going to have to wait I'm afraid.
it warms the heart of a British plane fan to see the old British lass flying, her and the Spit and without a doubt two of our country's most famous daughters and much loved by us, i saw a documentary where two old bombers lads saw a rebuilt Halifax which had been raised from a Norwegian lake and rebuilt, they said their planes werent built or created, they were BORN, and were happy to see a Halifax be reborn.
I agree, i think planes like the Lancaster, Spit, Halifax, Vulcan, Hunter etc arent CREATED they are BORN, if we rebuild them we give them a second chance at life!
They are currently gathering parts ans spares ready for the start of full restoration to flight. I do not know how long it will be until they start but the believe that when reatoration work does start it will take 18 months from start to finish to get her airborne. Of course they will also have to extend the runway at East Kirkby too to operate her so who knows. Restorations are always notorious for being almost impossible to predict timescales accurately so we are going to have to wait and see I'm afraid.
That's very kind of you to say. My secret is to not upload the bad ones. In seriousness though I do try to be meticulous with my photography and treat each photograph as a piece of art rather than just a photograph. It means a lot to me when somebody like yourself appreciates all the work I put into trying to get them right as it makes it all worth it.
It's nice to be thanked in such detail. I do appreciate what effort is needed to get such pictures, as I am still using semi-auto settings on my EOS 600D, and still get so many duff results.
I'm trying to get the Friday and Saturday off (13-14 July) to get to Farnborough. I've not been to an airshow since childhood. (Now rapidly approaching 62.) IF I manage to get there for the show, I'm wondering just how many fuzzy or dark pics I'm likely to come home with.
Keep up the good work, it IS truly appreciated. I'm no 'geek' or officionado when it comes to planes, but I do love to see them.
Well don't worry too much about the semi auto modes you shoot in just yet because shooting aircraft is for the most part all about how you pan. I am using the two priority modes at the moment rather than manual too as I feel that now I have had plenty of experience shooting manual, I can lay back a bit and rely on the camera, knowing full well that I can spot when the camera isn't making the decisions I want it too. For aviation photography there are one or two pointers I can give you that may help though.
The first is to try and maintain an aperture of around F.8 or narrower. This is known as the sweet spot for aircraft as F.8 seems to keep the aircraft sharp and the photograph will have good depth of field for the subject. If you look at most of my photographs the exifs will mostly have my aperture set between F.8 and F.11
As for camera modes, if you are using the priority modes you want to use shutter priority when shooting aircraft with propellers as this will allow you to set the shutter to 1/320 or slower meaning that the photograph will have good propeller movement and therefore look dynamic. For jets use aperture priority as you essentially want to use a shutter as fast as you can whilst maintaining that aperture of F.8 so Aperture priority is perfect for that.
When shooting aircraft you also also have to remember that the brightness of the sky behind the aircraft can trick your cameras light meter causing either ghosting of the aircraft to be far too dark. It isn't therefore sensible to just rely on the camera to get the exposure perfect. It also doesn't help that light is often changeable so you can't always just set the camera up and leave it that way. The way I do it is to look for something to meter off that will give me similar lighting to the aircraft. Airshows generally have speakers up on poles that can be used to meter off and because they are up high and will have sky behind them if you shoot them. So basically if you take a test shot of the speaker and it comes out either too dark or too light you can then adjust your exposure bias accordingly to hopefully get the correct result for the aircraft.
Anyway I hope all of that is in anyway of help. As for how many decent shots you come home with I couldn't say for sure as it very much depends on your skill level and your own personal standards. After all everybody has different standards and those standards will depend on how long and how advanced you are at shooting. However what I can say is that for me I would take something like 1500-2000 shots per airshow, this for me would usually break down into around 40-80 shots that I would be happy uploading, with around 300 altogether being good or acceptable to me. The rest are either blurry, badly cluttered or with the aircraft only partly in frame.
The main thing though is that you enjoy it. It doesn't matter that much if you get bad shots because that's all part of the fun. We are all learning no matter how advanced we are.
You're very welcome! Always happy to share any experience and knowledge I have acquired with anybody interested. I'm sure you will do great and I very much look forward to seeing your results from the day if and when they turn up here.
If it's pouring with rain, I might not be going. Bus and train journeys will require a long walk to the display area. Won't drive because last time I had to drive through on the day, (I was working) it took TWO hours just to get past the area. That taught me a lesson never to be forgotten.
Thank you for offering your help and advice. If I manage to get any postable frames, You can be sure they'll get here.
I havn't actually heard of that one yet? Any idea who ownes it? We will one day have a second airworthy over here apparently. We have a museum called the Linconshire Aviation Heritage Centre who operate a taxyable Lancaster. They have recently expressed plans to get her flying again so hopefully she will get air under her tyres one day. They have recently applied for a permit to fly and have aquired four newly restored Merlin engines so looks like plans are going ahead. No Idea how long it will take them to get her to flyable though. I have a few shots of her. [link][link]
Ah then I have heard of it. I think it maybe actually the remains of two Lancasters. I assume one would be used to restore the other? I don't know I am just going on forum gossip. I think the airframes are KB976 and KB994.
I don't know for sure I just remember the subject being raised on a forum, actually coincidentilly on a thread about the Lancaster over here being returned to flight. A quick google and I found the thread and the Reg numbers. That's all I know, have no idea if they are correct but knowing some of the forums they will be. There are some pretty clued up aviation enthusiasts around, sometimes I am baffled by the information some know. I'm sure if you showed them a rivet they could tell you the exact aircraft it came from and what factory it was made in
I've been lucky enough to see both of the Lancasters that are in flying condition. This one's definitely more impressive, though. And this is a beautiful shot, btw. Even in the bright blue sky, that plane is still menacing, lol.
Great shot Indeed. I remember seeing one of these go past my house at knife-edge. Insane sight. It was doing a VE Day flight over my town. My friend saw it on the other side of town, said it very nearly collided with the industrial chimneys nearby. I think the pilot was either impatient or in a crazy mood!
You should check on the BBMF website. They do quite a few events and flypasts a year all over the country, and not always just at airshows so you never know they maybe at a place near you at some point. It is definitely worth it. The roar of those four Merlin engines is like nothing else. Anyway I'm very glad you like it
I am very lucky with where I live as it is quite central to all the shows in the Uk. I am able to attend an airshow or flying event pretty much every weekend in the airshow season. (May-October)If I wish to of course. I never have to travel more than say 2 hours by car to get to them either. Just born lucky as an enthusiast I suppose. I try not to take it all for granted though and you won't hear me complaining about anything, except maybe the typical British weather
I would say you did get a beautiful shot of the Lancaster. I was lucky enough to be in the far right corner so I managed to shoot it before it hit the area where the sun was more challenging. Glad you like it! Wasn't it a great show. One of the best this year for me and I go to a lot of shows
That was one of the first lessons I learned when I started shooting airshows. I used to always stop the prop with faster shutters because I was afraid of the photo being soft. I found that you soon get used to shooting with slower shutters and the more you do it the better you will get at panning a big lens.