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17 Comments | Report
hal-e PRO
hal-e July 10, 2016
Nice capture...indeed.
lee532 September 18, 2016
Thank you
GavinJduPlessis PRO+
GavinJduPlessis September 18, 2016
This is a really fantastic photograph! Excellent!!!
lee532 September 18, 2016
Thank you
MikeBoyle PRO+
MikeBoyle September 19, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
bridgetrendall November 19, 2016
Spectacular photo, captured amazingly.
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MikeBoyle December 06, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Great Capture. This picture is going to win a lot of contests!!!!!
lee532 December 07, 2016
Thank you Mike
BlairB December 30, 2016
jimhelmick January 02, 2017
Superb shot.
traceymcdonald May 16, 2017
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adavies February 02, 2018
Fantastic! :)
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ActionPhotography_NH February 15, 2018
Love the sharpness of the plane against the blurs & swirls of the air behind it
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Cruiser48 May 11, 2018
Stunning Photo...
MikeBoyle PRO+
MikeBoyle August 03, 2018
Congratulations on your amazing photo. Absolute masterpiece
markkrause PRO
markkrause August 10, 2018
Congratulations on this very fine winner!
maureenrueffer August 12, 2018
That’s awesome!
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Rafaphoto August 13, 2018
chrisbelesis August 18, 2018
Very nice capture!
Cmayhem4 August 25, 2018
WOW what a great photo! I love the capture of the exhaust in the photo!

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Behind The Lens

This photograph was taken at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, UK.
It was taken one afternoon as the crew were returning from a training mission and taxiing back to the squadron hangars.
The natural diffuse light of a partially cloudy day lit this scene, it emphasised the heat waves created by the running jet engines.
Nikon D610 with a Tamron 150-600mm lens at 600mm. I was stood outside the base and needed the reach of the long zoom to capture the image.
The power, speed, action and noise of a fast jet I find awe inspiring. When shooting these amazing machines I try to capture and portray as much of this drama as I can. The heat from the jet exhaust disturbing the air behind the aircraft, which at this point is moving slowly, I feel gives the viewer a hint of the power this aircraft has.
I processed this image to using Photoshop and Colour Effex 2. In Photoshop I cleaned the imaged, cropped and corrected the exposure levels, I used Colour Effex 2 to increase the local contrast and bring out the details of the heat haze.
In my camera bag
I now have a Nikon D500 as my go to body for aviation photography. The incredible 10fps and huge buffer mean I don't miss any of the action when shooting these fast moving subjects. A long lens is a must to get up close, I use the Tamron 150-600mm.
Fast moving jet aircraft require a fast shutter speed to capture the action, I normally set my shutter speed and aperture then leave ISO in auto to get my exposure correct. Smooth panning is also a skill that is required, I always practice this any chance I get.

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