Close encounter of the red kind

by Helen Hooker July. 02, 2011 5541 views

The Goodwood Festival of Speed has continued today so I decided to try and get some better photos of the Red Arrows' [raf.mod.uk]daily display, armed this time with my long lens. I figured that the best vantage point would be the Trundle [en.wikipedia.org], a hill overlooking Goodwood and the highest point on this part of the South Downs. Several hundred other people had the same idea as me and it was very busy when I reached the summit. However, I managed to find a free spot on the edge of the hill, set up my camera and waited. We certainly weren??t disappointed ?? we could see them coming from miles away and had a fabulous view of all their daring manoeuvres. Even better, on several occasions individual planes from the team came roaring directly over our heads, so close it felt like you could almost reach out and touch them! After today??s success I??m going to go back tomorrow afternoon and try my hand photographing the Vulcan bomber when it comes over. Watch this space!

Other than altering the format to a square this hasn't been cropped at all - they were so close!

Another one that needed virtually no cropping - there are times when 280mm of lens is all you need!!

It was very hazy today but I rather liked this shot, despite the haze, as you can see some of Chichester Harbour in the background and it shows that we were actually above the planes at times! Click to enlarge for more detail.

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Pandka 9 years, 10 months ago

Cool set!

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Sherij 9 years, 10 months ago

Very cool!! WOW!!

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Marsha 9 years, 10 months ago

You sure you weren't up there flying with them? Cool shots!!!

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Jarvo J 9 years, 10 months ago

Fabulous, that really was a close encounter.

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Becky Brannon 9 years, 10 months ago

GReat set! Seems like you captured every angle

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Paul 9 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful shots..

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Lynda 9 years, 10 months ago

great action set

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Igor 9 years, 10 months ago

cool!

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John Wright 9 years, 10 months ago

Great title Helen. They fill the air with drama.

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Brenda Nelson 9 years, 10 months ago

The first shot is so perfect, it hardly looks real! And you must have been in another plane to get that last shot!

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Moira 9 years, 10 months ago

great set the first looks like a toy.

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Josy 9 years, 10 months ago

Extra, Helen

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Thomas Thompson 9 years, 10 months ago

Perfect Captures well done on the last one

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Eiram Marie 9 years, 10 months ago

Perfect shots, Helen!

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