Battle of Britain Honoured

The last year or so has been full of anniversaries, remembrances – the start of WWI, D-Day, and this year, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. We went to Duxford and saw their amazing anniversary air show a couple of weeks ago. What a phenomenal day.

I remember the first time we went to Duxford Air Field for their Flying Legends Air Show in 2012. There were nine Spitfires and we were really excited about it. For the Battle of Britain show this year, there were 17 Spitfires – before they appeared all together, however, a great couple of hours of demonstrations.

This week, the distance shots:

I have discovered I really enjoy shooting air shows. The challenge is incredible and I must resemble a modern dancer, or someone doing some odd sort of Tai Chi, as I work because I move with the planes a lot. The results can be really fun. Sometimes, however, I like to just sit back and see what I see.

The sky becomes massive, putting we humans and our flying machines into perspective.
The sky becomes massive, putting we humans and our flying machines into perspective.
Two planes play amongst the clouds; one the shadow of the other.
Two planes play amongst the clouds; one the shadow of the other.
My camera becomes an observer.
My camera becomes an observer.
They play together like children, making clouds their fortresses, their dragons, their friends.
They play together like children, making clouds their fortresses, their dragons, their friends.
A few times, it appeared they`d only missed by a few feet!
A few times, it appeared they`d only missed by a few feet!

Clouds are the perfect backdrop to an airshow. They provide perspective and a stationary object against which to photograph. Also, they are beautiful in and of themselves. It`s one of my favourite aspects of shooting airshows. I took over 900 photos at this one and a fair number of them are passable shots. These are some of my favourites.

Next week, some of the planes we saw.

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