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.
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.
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.
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.
He was lower at one point. This was shot when the aircraft had gained a little hight 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