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Avro Lancaster B.I by NamelessFaithlessGod Avro Lancaster B.I by NamelessFaithlessGod
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster B.1 at the Sywell Airshow 2010.

She is one of only two airworthy Lancasters in the world at the present moment, the second example is in Canada at the Canadian Warplane Heritage. There will hopefully be a third Lancaster soon as the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre here in the UK plan to get their example "Just Jane" airworthy.

I think this is my favourite photograph I have ever shot.
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it warms the heart of a British plane fan to see the old British lass flying, her and the Spit and without a doubt two of our country's most famous daughters and much loved by us, i saw a documentary where two old bombers lads saw a rebuilt Halifax which had been raised from a Norwegian lake and rebuilt, they said their planes werent built or created, they were BORN, and were happy to see a Halifax be reborn.

I agree, i think planes like the Lancaster, Spit, Halifax, Vulcan, Hunter etc arent CREATED they are BORN, if we rebuild them we give them a second chance at life!
BenjiNewmanArt May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woot woot ! Ive been inside that beast !!!! kirkby i love you
pearwood Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful, Dan. One could almost forget she's a war machine.
SRSmith Jun 18, 2012   Writer
That's a fantastic shot of a beautiful aircraft!

Any idea how Lincolnshire is making out getting theirs airborne?
They are currently gathering parts ans spares ready for the start of full restoration to flight. I do not know how long it will be until they start but the believe that when reatoration work does start it will take 18 months from start to finish to get her airborne. Of course they will also have to extend the runway at East Kirkby too to operate her so who knows. Restorations are always notorious for being almost impossible to predict timescales accurately so we are going to have to wait and see I'm afraid.
SRSmith Jun 18, 2012   Writer
Looking forward to having another one in flying condition. Such a fantastic aircraft.
The-WrinklyNinja Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Daniel... Your artistry with these shots is awesome! I so :love: these planes, and you present them in such a spectacular fashion.

Thank you!
That's very kind of you to say. My secret is to not upload the bad ones. :lol: In seriousness though I do try to be meticulous with my photography and treat each photograph as a piece of art rather than just a photograph. It means a lot to me when somebody like yourself appreciates all the work I put into trying to get them right as it makes it all worth it. :)
The-WrinklyNinja Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's nice to be thanked in such detail. I do appreciate what effort is needed to get such pictures, as I am still using semi-auto settings on my EOS 600D, and still get so many duff results.

I'm trying to get the Friday and Saturday off (13-14 July) to get to Farnborough. I've not been to an airshow since childhood. (Now rapidly approaching 62.) IF I manage to get there for the show, I'm wondering just how many fuzzy or dark pics I'm likely to come home with. :lol:

Keep up the good work, it IS truly appreciated. I'm no 'geek' or officionado when it comes to planes, but I do love to see them. :iconplaneplz:
Well don't worry too much about the semi auto modes you shoot in just yet because shooting aircraft is for the most part all about how you pan. I am using the two priority modes at the moment rather than manual too as I feel that now I have had plenty of experience shooting manual, I can lay back a bit and rely on the camera, knowing full well that I can spot when the camera isn't making the decisions I want it too. For aviation photography there are one or two pointers I can give you that may help though.

The first is to try and maintain an aperture of around F.8 or narrower. This is known as the sweet spot for aircraft as F.8 seems to keep the aircraft sharp and the photograph will have good depth of field for the subject. If you look at most of my photographs the exifs will mostly have my aperture set between F.8 and F.11

As for camera modes, if you are using the priority modes you want to use shutter priority when shooting aircraft with propellers as this will allow you to set the shutter to 1/320 or slower meaning that the photograph will have good propeller movement and therefore look dynamic. For jets use aperture priority as you essentially want to use a shutter as fast as you can whilst maintaining that aperture of F.8 so Aperture priority is perfect for that.

When shooting aircraft you also also have to remember that the brightness of the sky behind the aircraft can trick your cameras light meter causing either ghosting of the aircraft to be far too dark. It isn't therefore sensible to just rely on the camera to get the exposure perfect. It also doesn't help that light is often changeable so you can't always just set the camera up and leave it that way. The way I do it is to look for something to meter off that will give me similar lighting to the aircraft. Airshows generally have speakers up on poles that can be used to meter off and because they are up high and will have sky behind them if you shoot them. So basically if you take a test shot of the speaker and it comes out either too dark or too light you can then adjust your exposure bias accordingly to hopefully get the correct result for the aircraft.

Anyway I hope all of that is in anyway of help. As for how many decent shots you come home with I couldn't say for sure as it very much depends on your skill level and your own personal standards. After all everybody has different standards and those standards will depend on how long and how advanced you are at shooting. However what I can say is that for me I would take something like 1500-2000 shots per airshow, this for me would usually break down into around 40-80 shots that I would be happy uploading, with around 300 altogether being good or acceptable to me. The rest are either blurry, badly cluttered or with the aircraft only partly in frame.

The main thing though is that you enjoy it. It doesn't matter that much if you get bad shots because that's all part of the fun. We are all learning no matter how advanced we are. :)
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