Taken at a photography day held at IWM Duxford in August.
Olympus EM-1 MkII, 40-150mm Pro Lens at 150mm. ISO 200, 1/200sec at f/11

Thank you to IWM and Darren Harbar, our mentor for the day.
I understand that this is the Mk 1A Spitfire recovered from the beaches of Dunkirk and rebuilt.
The rebuild was recorded on a television programme with Guy Martin.


Spitfire at North Weald

After photographing bluebells in Blakes Wood, Danbury we went to The Squadron at North Weald Airfield for food ( recommended! ),… and were lucky enough to capture this Spitfire on its way out!

Taken on my Olympus EM-1 with a 300mm Pro lens, hand held.

Red Arrows – Synchro Pair

This was taken at the Duxford Air Show on Sunday ( so pleased I didn’t go on Saturday – the event was effectively rained off! )

These are the Synchro Pair from the Red Arrows – and yes, the image is as it came out of the camera ( Olympus EM-1 ) – save for a little cropping.
The two aircraft were flying at around 400 mph, and so in the 1/250 sec of this exposure the top aircraft had moved about 2.4 feet.
And they say timing is everything! 🙂

Flying Days

On Thursday and Friday we took a couple of trips to nearby North Weald Airfield. It was a busy flying day, with some aircraft using the location as a base from which they took part in the Clacton Airshow.

These are some of my shots from the visits.


MiG – 15


Jet Provost


B-25 Mitchell


Departing DH Vampires

All taken on the Olympus EM-1 and processed in Lightroom. The B-25 image was further processed in Photoshop.

Getting Ready for Lift Off!

Last Friday we had a balloon trip from near to Colchester in Essex for 11 miles south-east towards Chelmsford.
We had a perfect afternoon – lovely skies, and a few fluffy clouds just to add photographic interest.

This shot was taken just before we lifted off – with the Virgin balloon having left several minutes previously.
Not surprisingly, we followed on along the same track and then landed minutes apart in neighbouring fields.

Comment of the afternoon, from one of our companion travellers – “Why don’t they just fly it around in a big circle and take us back to where we parked our cars?”
They clearly understood exactly what they were experiencing!


Yesterday I spent a couple of hours happily taking pictures of aircraft landing at Stansted. Caught this FedEx MD-11 on finals – think maybe I could have used a shorter lens!!