We returned to the RAF base at Coningsby today. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft are based here between air displays, where a team of RAF engineers and pilots maintain them. We came on a tour here in 2013, but my photography has changed since then so it was interesting to see what would jump out at me, photographically speaking, this time.
Bags aren’t allowed on the base so I took my camera and two small prime lenses (30mm and 85mm equivalents) in with me. Our volunteer told us all about the BBMF and the aircraft, while I did my best to find photos from behind the barrier. It might seem counterintuitive, but I’m so used to shooting with prime lenses now that I almost always find I take better photos than with a zoom. Somehow having this creative limitation makes me see in a different way and I make the most of what I have in front of me.
As we toured the hangar some of the engineers were working on the aircraft and I did my best to catch some images of them in action. Judging by my final image, one of them was evidently puzzled as to why I should want a photo of two men working on a Spitfire!
14 October 2020