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How low can you go? by Daniel-Wales-Images How low can you go? by Daniel-Wales-Images
Flying Legends Airshow 2010

Video here. www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQUHyY…
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:icontobyone1985:
Simply put this is top draw aviation photography, matching technical excellence with that bit of luck for everything to fall into place.
In technical terms the low shutter speed gives the sense of movement and also blurs the prop, a must for top aviation photography. Add that the plane is pin sharp and brilliantly exposed, the latter a feat in itself as you’re shooting into the sun. Top this all with a perfectly horizontal horizon and you have the makings of something special. But its that bit of luck, with the pilot choosing to keep the aircraft low after take off, that takes this photo to the head (well in my opinion at any rate) of NFG’s outstanding portfolio.
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
30 out of 30 deviants thought this was fair.

:iconraguleader:
They say location is everything, and you definitely had that going for you. In photography, timing is just as important, and there is no doubt the timing was spot on. The exposure was short enough to freeze the plane and long enough to avoid the uncanny effect of freezing the props in flight.

The depth of field keeps the viewer's attention on the plane by keeping it in focus (including the wingtips!) and the background soft and fuzzy.

Also, the composition is very good. In addition to getting the plane centered in the photo, it is also nicely lined up with the horizon, leaving the aircraft neatly framed between the sky and the ground.

Finally, while there are many excellent pictures of airplanes on the ground and in the air, it is rare to find a photo of a plane so flying so close to the ground. This makes for quite the impact when you see the photo mixed in with many others.
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
6 out of 6 deviants thought this was fair.

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:iconenforcer57:
Enforcer57 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  New member Hobbyist Photographer
This is perfect. Even with the mid-day lighting, this is just great.
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Really a stunning capture, incredible focus, light, and framing.
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:iconmarzipanzers:
Marzipanzers Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That guy's BRAVE...
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:iconbronyofequestria142:
BronyOfEquestria142 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Flying that low is crazy dangerous
One slip of the stick and you die

Even harder doing it in a video game
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:icondinobatfan:
dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Beyooootifullll!!!!! :D
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:iconthewonderingsword:
TheWonderingSword Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   Writer
Typhoon or Spitfire Mk. X?
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:icontopgunsga:
TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Either, it's actually a Seafire Mk XVII :D
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:iconf16crewchief:
F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It is amazing when you see the pilots head in the canopy and you see how small even the 'big' Spits were!
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:iconbasement-aviator:
Basement-Aviator Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought this was a render until I saw the category. Amazing shot.
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:iconartlovr59:
artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Photographer
Not much lower, that's for sure!
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:icondaniel-wales-images:
Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Photographer
I don't know, the grass could do with a trim. :D
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:iconartlovr59:
artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Photographer
Hehe!
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great panning! :jawdrop: :shock:
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:iconvkdogg009:
Vkdogg009 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Tremendous shot! Love the sense of action!! :D
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:icontawnya:
Tawnya Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"How low can you go?"

That is the question! At that speed and that low the ground effect is very strong, probably takes both hands on the stick to keep it down as she wants to go up so hard during this maneuver!
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:icontimekeeper9:
Timekeeper9 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Awesome photo! :clap:
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:iconsceptre63:
Sceptre63 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
NICE ONE,,:thumbsup:,,,,top draw stuff,,:wave:,,
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:icontopgunsga:
TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Awesome
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:iconamipal:
amipal Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding! :+fav:
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:iconfriendlypiranha:
FriendlyPiranha Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Beautiful!
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Outstanding Shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Photographer
If you check out the video link I posted it will give you a good impression of what it is like to see a show at Duxford. The video was shot pretty much in the same area that I shoot from at Duxford. It's known by us regulars as the "Tank Bank" end due to the fact that there is a banked hill that photographer like to shoot stand on. It over looks the area where they run the museums active Tanks.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yes I saw that, WOW! One more reason to plan a trip over to the U.K.
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Gary--T Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
as much as I admire your work, this one is where I think you're really peaking. the wonderful clarity and detail of the aircraft with the blur factors providing the sense of motion, and the scale of seeing it so close to the ground...just fantastic.
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:iconroen911:
rOEN911 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the shadow.
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:icondavincipoppalag:
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty dang low
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:icongriffonmeister:
griffonmeister Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist
Superb. Deserves a second comment. I also like the critique it received too. This sort of image sets standards.
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:icondaniel-wales-images:
Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   Photographer
Much appreciated, talking of the Critique, if you are a bit of an aviation enthusiast you should also check out *tobyone1985's gallery too. He has plenty of nice photography from UK airshows.
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:icongriffonmeister:
griffonmeister Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist
:thumbsup:
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:icongriffonmeister:
griffonmeister Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist
Brilliant. Just discovered your gallery.
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:iconyerfdog5:
Yerfdog5 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful capture, - so many great shots!
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:iconcaptainflynn:
captainflynn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Wow.
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:icondraxdlh:
Draxdlh Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
I keep finding great shots. Thanks.
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:iconjett0:
Jett0 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow! the best shot of one of my favorite planes
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:iconrandoo53:
randoo53 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Not only are these some stunning warbirds, but you have a helluva knack for getting great shots like this! Kudos.
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011   Photographer
Thank you very much, I am very happy that you like my photography. I really appreciate the feedback. Thanks for the:+devwatch: too :D
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:iconspeedymartin:
Speedymartin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
That reminds me the old days in rain forest over the rivers.....
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
I think he can go a little bit lower xD

amazing shot as usual ^^
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:icondaniel-wales-images:
Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Photographer
He was lower at one point. This was shot when the aircraft had gained a little hight :jawdrop: I think even the pilot was shocked at just how low he was when he saw the pictures of the take-off on the forums, I don't think it will happen again this year :)
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
oh man that would've been cool to see! its to bad Sessions wont get that daring with SL633 or better yet N29UB xD
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:iconvvneagleone:
vvneagleone Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I know you're gonna say yes (:))...may I use it as desktop background?
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:icondaniel-wales-images:
Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Photographer
Yes you can :) If there are any others you like feel free, there is no need to ask :)
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:iconvvneagleone:
vvneagleone Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconvvneagleone:
vvneagleone Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What a beautiful plane! Stunning picture!
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:icondaniel-wales-images:
Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Photographer
Yes she is indeed a real beauty. One of only three Seafires flying anywhere in the world and one of my favourite warbirds flying in the UK. Anyway thanks for the kind words :)
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:iconvvneagleone:
vvneagleone Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
No pr :)
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:iconvalder137:
Valder137 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that's got to be one of the lowest shots I've ever seen!!!!
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:iconlaloxxx:
laloxxx Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
I LOVE this one!
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:icondaniel-wales-images:
Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011   Photographer
Thank you very much! It was a very impressive take-off :D
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