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Over the Moon - Red Arrows



Set to continues shooting to make sure I captured this shot as I'm sure the Arrows were using the Moon as a Back drop to their display. However you only get one...
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Set to continues shooting to make sure I captured this shot as I'm sure the Arrows were using the Moon as a Back drop to their display. However you only get one chance to capture this
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cynwit
 
cynwit September 25, 2014
WOW!!!
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johnmdavies November 22, 2014
Amazingly no use of Photoshop here the moon and the clear sky simply played into the hands of the Red arrows a perfect backdrop and continues shutter release to capture this one off shot . I knew the opportunity was there so to achieve it truly did make me smile
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AngelLappmarkSe August 25, 2017
Over the top! Amazing

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this Photo at a local one off Red Arrow display at an old airfield near the New Forest
Time
This was something I had seen advertised but it was being staged at what was now just a farmers field where it was once a WW2 airfield to get to the field was a one way track and it was bound to become busy so we arrived early and picked our spot around midday as the display would not be until 3 in the afternoon
Lighting
what is worth sharing about this shot is timing I knew I would need a zoom lens at least 400mm but at times these planes were also going to be pretty close so I went with a 100-400mm zoom set the camera to a fast shutter speed and waited - With it being late afternoon it was unusual to see the moon still high in the sky on what was a perfect summers day with a wonderful Blue sky what this fantastic bright natural light was giving me was the ability to use a fast shutter speed and decent aperture
Equipment
For this shot I used a newly acquired Canon 70D and a new 100-400mm f4 canon zoom which I had only used a couple of times but it had quickly become one of my favourite lenses due to its exceptional built quality and clarity, I had taken a mono pod as this lens is pretty heavy after a while
Inspiration
What clearly inspired me for this shot was the Moon having noticed this early on and watching the display I just knew this shot was available but to get "the moment" wasn't going to be easy so I quickly set the shutter to multiple shots and waited for the display and the Boy's to fly into the screen and wow they did - nervously looking back at the shots It was truly an eureka moment when I realised I had "Got IT"
Editing
virtually no post processing I lifted the colours a little but that was it - I suppose even I cant believe this is not a staged or managed Photoshop image but I can honestly say this is straight out of the Camera as shot and I am very proud of it
In my camera bag
In my Bag is now two Canon 5D camera's the new mk VI as it now has the brilliant touch screen and Wi-Fi that the 70D introduced to the range and my old trusty mkIII which has become the spare - going back to these sort of events for a quick note is having two camera's is almost a necessity as the planes and displays are quickly over and sometimes a zoom is too much and a 50 or 70mm lens is required a Flash just in case the light isn't there, spare batteries and a wide angle lens, 100-400mm zoom and the trusty 24-105 zoom lens
Feedback
Patience truly is a virtue to capture images like this - scan the landscape for anything that might make your backdrop a bit more interesting and really have a good look this moon could of been easily missed on such a sunny blue sky's summers day Also prepare at air show you need to freeze the action much of the time so a wide aperture is going to be required and a fast shutter speed, pan your subject and practice getting that perfect picture Choose the lens you will require for the image and surrounding you will not have time to change lenses also be ready to change to a manual focus as you may not have or give the camera time to autofocus so pick the place in the sky where you are going to take your perfect shot, If you get the chance to prepare focus when the planes are in this patch then cross your fingers lol

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