This is quite the opposite of the Spitfire and is in fact the Spits foe the Messerschmitt BF-109. However this is slightly different because it was built post war for the Spanish Air Force. Due to lack of original German type engines it was powered by the famed Rolls Royce Merlin which I'm sure you know powered the Spitfire. They called it the Buchon, which apparently means Sea Gull. Though not actually being able to speak Spanish I don't know that for sure. The German markings are purely for airshows and it should be in Spanish colours for authenticity but there are so few original German fighters left and the Spitfire needs an opponent during these mock dogfights.
After a quick google I found that according to wikipedia, Buchon actually means a male dove or a pelican in Spanish. I don't know where I got Sea Gull from? I guess I some wires got crossed in my brain.
I would say you pay attention to giving the image "movement" all the time. Its one of your most notable qualities. In-particular not freezing the prop. It is also harder to achieve on the ground as the prop can be just above "idle" or being manipulated in some way.
I thank you once again for the very kind words. I always shoot propeller aircraft with a shutter speed of less than 1/320, slower if possible to allow for prop blur. Of course all aircraft are different so what works for one will not for the other. Aerobatic types are easier as their propellers are small and turn much faster yet some of the older two bladed aircraft such as this Sopwith Triplane needed even slower shutter because the blade is quite thick and does not turn nearly as fast, I used 1/160 to achieve the blur. [link]
Hi Danial, I took up you very kind offer to allow me to use another of your wonderful photographs. I hope you like the outcome [link] .It was a real pleasure to work with such a beautiful picture, thank you my friend.
Hi Danial, this is the photo I used, sorry about that. I have posted the picture here [link] . If you don't like the picture or for any other reason I will remove it. Once again I wish to thank you for letting me use it, very kind of you.
Its a shame there aren't more of the original Bf-109s around; that Merlin just messes up the lines. But this is better than nothing, and is in amazing condition. I really shouldn't complain at all: the picture is amazing. I have no doubt that you could take a picture of a pile of dirt and it would be amazing.
I'm one of the very few people that actually preferes the Buchon over the original BF-109s. I have always personally thought the Merlin gives it a more aggresive look and sound. Don't get me wrong, I of course love the originals too, However having been lucky enough to see an original BF-109G fly before it was sadly grounded after an accident in 1997. To me it just doesn't have the same impact as the Buchon. The BF109 purrs beautifully, but the Buchon growls
Well I would love to see them if you do post them. It is always fascinating to see that side of the war. It is very easy to forget that it wasn't just those in the services that had to live at wartime. It must have been very frightning to see dogfights above and to experience the bombing raids and the crash sites. It is something we don't think about so much now. All the current conflicts seem so far removed from reality as all the fighting is so far away. But to be living around it must have been very sobering.
Not sure I made it clear, but the tank and aircraft photos (that I will post as soon as Iget some really free time) were all taken in the middle east (North Africa I guess), Dad is no longer around (though he is in my thoughts) so I cannot clarify it further.
Oh sorry for the mistake, I thought you meant from aircraft that had been shot down during the Battle of Britain or something like that. I assume he was a soldier or in the military in some capacity then? or was he there for another reason? either way I'm sure those photographs are fascinating viewing.
Thanks very much, it is nice to see things like the shutter speeds analysed. I think it isn't only the photographer that often neglects these things, but also those that view the images too. It is easy to think that it is just a good picture of an aircraft. What isn't as easy to show in an image is how much thought each image takes to get right, and that it isn't just point a camera in the direction of the aircraft and press the shutter. I am really happy that is something you pick up on. Not that I blame people that don't notice things like that, we are not all photographers and we can't expect those to care much about that side of an image. However it is just nice that someone has appreciated that effort.
Yes it is a shame that there are currently only a handful of these machines equipped with db engines that still fly. I guess that is just one of the unfortunate concequences of loosing a war and I guess the preservation of machines was not thought about back then, especially the enemy's machines. Also the quality of metals in Germany were known to be not so great towards the end of the war so I am sure that did it's bit to harm preservation too. The Spanish machines are still interesting though and I am happy that there are at least a few bf-109 types still flying, even if most are post war Merlin powered machine.
Yeah, I heard they built the planes to last maybe 7 sorties towards the end. After all, that would be shot down before then anyways.
If your ever in So Cal, you should check out the Planes of Fame Museum, and their Nakajima Sakae powered Zero. (Not to mention they are housing a BF-109 that was pulled from a Russian lake till it goes in for rebuilding)