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The RAF Red Arrows Flying Team during their Display at Llandudno Forces Day 30th June 2018.

The RAF Red Arrows Flying Team during their Display at Llandudno Forces Day 30th June 2018.
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Behind The Lens


This photo was taken at a wonderful display of precision flying by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows .. The display took place over the semi-circular bay of Llandudno.. The Bay is two miles long and so there are plenty of places to stand .. the display is done each year and plays to the centre of the Promenade so I went to one side to get a perspective view.


The display took place in the late afternoon as it is the high point of several flying exhibitions .. The sky was blue and with the jets being coloured red and white, it was a spectacle waiting to happen


The light was good on a clear day and the sun was shining on the jets as people looked from the Promenade.


This was shot on an Olympus EM1 Mk2 mirrorless micro four thirds camera. I was hand-holding the camera with an M300mm f/4 lens.. the crop factor of 2 gave an effective reach similar to a 600mm lens. The settings of the camera were f/9 .. 300mm .. 1/1250second at ISO 400. No other equipment was involved.


I love all aircraft and the RAF Red Arrows in particular .. it is a high point of the year. The precision flying is a spectacle and it is a personal challenge to capture good images.


I take digital images in RAW which is natively flat and therefore it is necessary to do some post processing but it was only necessary to work on contrast and a little sharpness..

In my camera bag

At least one camera, I have three Olympus micro four thirds bodies and several lenses.. I tend to decide on a lens for the day's shoot as opposed to changing lenses in the field.. so I have one or more cameras each fitted with a lens.. Thereafter I have cleaning cloths and lens wipes.. I also use Black-Rapid shoulder straps which I find to be very usable..


Any photography of aircraft like any other fast moving subject, the shutter speed needs to be enough to freeze the action or achieve the required effect, such as panning. Sometimes it is necessary to raise the ISO to achieve a fast shutter and that should not be feared. The smooth transition of travel during following the action is necessary and feet need to be placed so that balance is maintained. Finally the shutter release should be pressed smoothly so as not to jerk the camera..

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