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Old 18th June 2018
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The Red Arrows in my Back Garden

The first ever Great Yarmouth Airshow took place on Saturday and Sunday this week. I reluctantly decided to give the crowds and traffic a miss and do some tidying up in the garden instead. It was quite a good decision as it turned out, as our garden seemed to be on the flightpath to the main display area. Lots of planes were circling round and passing overhead, including the Red Arrows.

I have never really tried aircraft photography before, so I was pleased to get any results at all but I am sure that aircraft photography specialists will shake their heads sadly at these attempts. Still, I found it a most enjoyable way to pass a few hours, although the constant grey cloud did spoil things a little.

I will post some more shots of the many different aircraft present, at a later date.

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Re: The Red Arrows in my Back Garden

They look pretty good to me... not an area I've put much effort into but I'd be happy with them. A better sky would be nice, of course, but you can't control that.
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Re: The Red Arrows in my Back Garden

They look pretty good to me too Ron.
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Re: The Red Arrows in my Back Garden

All in all I'd say you did well to have stayed home for a front row seat it would seem. Great shots Ron. I too live right under the glide path to our airfield and am blessed with the occasional lucky shot.
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Re: The Red Arrows in my Back Garden

Good job you had the camera handy - there is not much warning before you see them.
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Re: The Red Arrows in my Back Garden

Lovely photos. Approximately what percentage were "keepers"?
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I ended taking about 900 frames and, surprisingly, only about 20 were completely out of focus. I am not saying all the others were good photos but they were mostly in focus. I had some serious culling to do. Fortunately I was shooting JPEGs on this occasion, which speeds things up.

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Re: The Red Arrows in my Back Garden

Thanks. That’s about the same as my success rate at airshows.
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Re: The Red Arrows in my Back Garden

I thought the last one had your name on it!
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Re: The Red Arrows in my Back Garden

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I ended taking about 900 frames and, surprisingly, only about 20 were completely out of focus. I am not saying all the others were good photos but they were mostly in focus. I had some serious culling to do. Fortunately I was shooting JPEGs on this occasion, which speeds things up.

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The displays never seem to last that long so you must've practically filmed it!

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Christ!

The displays never seem to last that long so you must've practically filmed it!

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Yes, it surprised me. However it wasn't 900 frames just on the Red Arrows. It was for nearly four hours photographing all the planes as they flew over to the airshow. Even at Sequential Low 6fps, the count escalates quickly with C-AF.

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