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Avro Lancaster B.I by Daniel-Wales-Images Avro Lancaster B.I by Daniel-Wales-Images
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster B.1 at the Sywell Airshow 2010.
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in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I had to put a comment after you linked this.
Now I want to get myself Sywell bound to get on this top side action.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2014   Photographer
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. 
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in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
indeed I will.
it has been added to the to do list!
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BronyOfEquestria142 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clap 
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Wookieoftheyear Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
My great uncle flew one of these, always loved this plane
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GulfKiller101 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
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!
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BenjiNewmanArt Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woot woot ! Ive been inside that beast !!!! kirkby i love you
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pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful, Dan. One could almost forget she's a war machine.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Writer
That's a fantastic shot of a beautiful aircraft!

Any idea how Lincolnshire is making out getting theirs airborne?
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Photographer
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.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Writer
Looking forward to having another one in flying condition. Such a fantastic aircraft.
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The-WrinklyNinja Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Daniel... Your artistry with these shots is awesome! I so :love: these planes, and you present them in such a spectacular fashion.

Thank you!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Photographer
That's very kind of you to say. My secret is to not upload the bad ones. :lol: 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. :)
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The-WrinklyNinja Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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. :lol:

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. :iconplaneplz:
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Photographer
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. :)
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The-WrinklyNinja Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for that advice. I have copied it and will try to learn it well enough to not need to write it all out to take with me. (I have no printer. :lol:)
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012   Photographer
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. :)
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The-WrinklyNinja Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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. :lol:

Thank you for offering your help and advice. If I manage to get any postable frames, You can be sure they'll get here. :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice to see her again
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Gary--T Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
incredible photo, you could not have shown this beauty any better.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much once again for the kind words. :)
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914four Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I will post a picture of the other in the next couple of days. When I saw this picture, I was sure it was from the same airshow, but it's not the same plane.
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914four Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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Almost the same shot, but I'm not as good a photographer :-)
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rancidx Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
here's my shot :)
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914four Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool :-)
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Supposedly we have one of these here in the states in NEARLY airworthy condition.......if they ever assemble it :( Would LOVE to see one in the air!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Photographer
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]
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
owned by Kermit Weeks. I have photos of the shipping crates she's sitting in :(
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Photographer
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.
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that would be more than I know then....they won't let me alone with the crates long enough to crack the locks and poke around.....
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Photographer
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 :D
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I'm sure they could too!! I'm part of a couple forums like that....mainly for the entertainment value. Those guys are spirited!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A wonderful capture of it too! .. Nice
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SkankinMike Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
*humming dam busters now*

Lovely shot!
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jeje-je Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
Absolutely perfect!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   Photographer
Thanks very much! Glad you like it :D
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Logic-ed Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
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.
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Canis-Photo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
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!
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tanker22052 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Awesome photo!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010   Photographer
Glad you like it :D
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Stormchaser-Thorne Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Would love to see one of these flying someday, excellent shot :)
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010   Photographer
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 :D
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Stormchaser-Thorne Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Thanks for the info!
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executioner-ed Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent pic of a grand dame.
i'm a little jealous- i can only make one airshow a year, and we don't get epic birds like this. keep shooting!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010   Photographer
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 :D
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AirshowDave Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
Awesome capture, great opportunity! =D
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TPJerematic Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
Oh ... Oh .... OOOOOOh

I got what I thought was a good photo of the Lancaster at Sywell ... but this ... oh.


That is beautiful.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010   Photographer
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 :D
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TPJerematic Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
It was a brilliant show.

I must say that your Shutter Speed @ 1/200 gives a fantastic effect on the propeller blades. That little bit of blur gives a real sense of motion.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010   Photographer
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.
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