Day 235 – Bournemouth Air Show

I really wanted to visited Bournemouth Air Show, I last visited a few years back and I was desperate to go back this year as I wanted to see whether my photography had improved on not. Bournemouth Air Show is a 4 day event – it is free to watch from the beach or the cliff top between Boscombe and Bournmouth piers, it is extremely popular when the weather is right. I had an idea of the kind of photo I wanted to shoot – my ideal shot was of the red arrows and the crowded beach, so for the first time I viewed the displays from the cliff top.

I did some research before hand and went along with my 28-300mm lens and knew that as rough guide I had to remember the following facts:

  • Planes look better flying into the frame rather than out of it.
  • Everything depends on the amount of light availale and the angle it is at to my lens.
  • 1/60 ish shutter speed to pan planes
  • 1/1000 ish shutter speed to freeze the action
  • 1/100 ish for helicopters and you need some movement on the baldes
  • 1/100 – 1/350ish shutter speed to get movement on propellars
  • Underexpose is better than blowing out the highlights… you can bring back the shadows in lightroom

I took so many photos, and I am going to share with you the ones that I liked best.

Icon Shot - Red Arrows over Bournemouth Beach - ISO200, F6.3, 1/1600 sec

Icon Shot – Red Arrows over Bournemouth Beach – ISO200, F6.3, 1/1600 sec

ISO200, F8, 1/600 sec

ISO200, F8, 1/600 sec

ISO100, F5.6, 1/1600 sec - Six red arrows, I focused on the near plane coming right and was delighted to see the other arrows in the image too.

ISO100, F5.6, 1/1600 sec – Six red arrows, I focused on the near plane coming right and was delighted to see the other arrows in the image also.

Red Arrow flying past the visiting boats, with the clouds coming in. ISO100, F5, 1/2500 sec

Red Arrow flying past the visiting boats, with the clouds coming in. ISO100, F5, 1/2500 sec

Red Arrows passing each other. ISO100, F8, 1/640sec

Red Arrows passing each other. ISO100, F8, 1/640sec

Meeting in the middle. Red Arrows 2015. ISO100, F8, 1/1000 sec

Meeting in the middle. Red Arrows 2015. ISO100, F8, 1/1000 sec

Red Arrows, Shooting wide to capture the scene. I love the cloud hanging in the background. ISO100, F8, 1/800 sec

Red Arrows, Shooting wide to capture the scene. I love the cloud hanging in the background. ISO100, F8, 1/800 sec

Red Arrows at the Beach - ISO100, F8, 1/1250 sec

Red Arrows at the Beach – ISO100, F8, 1/1250 sec

Red Arrows Splitting apart takemn from the cliff top. ISO100, F8, 1/640sec

Red Arrows Splitting apart taken from the cliff top. ISO100, F8, 1/640sec

Underneath the smoke 0 ISO100, F6.3, 1/1600sec

Underneath the smoke – ISO100, F6.3, 1/1600sec

Sally B, B-17 Flying Fortress. I was so pleased with this one, I just love the moemnet on the propellars. F11, 1/250sec, ISO100

Sally B, B-17 Flying Fortress. I was so pleased with this one, I just love the moment on the propellers. F11, 1/250sec, ISO100

Army Tigers Parachute Team - Shooting into Light this makes a great sihoutte. ISO100, F7.1, 1/3200 sec

Army Tigers Parachute Team – Shooting into Light this makes a great silhouette. ISO100, F7.1, 1/3200 sec

Help! Army Tiger Parachutists in a tangle. Scary stuff. ISO100, F7.1, 1/2500sec

Help! Army Tiger Parachutists in a tangle. Scary stuff. ISO100, F7.1, 1/2500sec

Safely landing. ISO100, F7.1, 1/250sec

Safely landing. ISO100, F7.1, 1/250sec

The Blades Aerobatic Display team passing each other. I was panning the rear plane, so the front plane is blurred. F8, 1/500 sec, ISO100

The Blades Aerobatic Display team passing each other. I was panning the rear plane, so the front plane is blurred. F8, 1/500 sec, ISO100

The Blads Aerobatic Display team - were much slower than the red arrows, and you had to try and catch the movement on the propellars. ISO100, F10, 1/320 sec

The Blades Aerobatic Display team – were much slower than the red arrows, and you had to try and catch the movement on the propellers. ISO100, F10, 1/320 sec

The Bllades, ISO100, F10, 1/800 sec

The Blades, ISO100, F10, 1/800 sec

The Blades - just completed a pass. ISO100, F10, 1/400 sec

The Blades – just completed a pass. ISO100, F10, 1/400 sec

The blades - Panning shot. One of my ideas, one plane in focus and one crossing behing. ISO100, F10, 1/320sec

The blades – Panning shot. One of my ideals, one plane in focus and one crossing behind. ISO100, F10, 1/320sec

A jumble of Blades - F10, 1/400 sec, ISO100

A jumble of Blades – F10, 1/400 sec, ISO100

Royal Air Force Typhooon over the beach. ISO100, F5, 1/800 sec

Royal Air Force Typhoon over the beach. ISO100, F5, 1/800 sec

The incredibly fast and noisey Typhoon, ISO100, F5.6, 1/1000 sec

The incredibly fast and noisy Typhoon, ISO100, F5.6, 1/1000 sec

The Typhoon over Boscombe Pier - ISO100, F5, 1/1250. I am delighted with this shot as it gives a sense of scale and location.

The Typhoon over Boscombe Pier – ISO100, F5, 1/1250. I am delighted with this shot as it gives a sense of scale and location.

The red arrow monument from the cliff top.A very popular spot for photographers. ISO100, F5, 1/640sec

The red arrow monument from the cliff top. A very popular spot for photographers. ISO100, F5, 1/640sec

O'Briesns Flying Circus - at dusk - ISO800, F5.6, 1/250sec

O’Briens Flying Circus – at dusk – ISO800, F5.6, 1/250sec

Twister Duo at dusk - ISO400, F4.5, 1/100 sec

Twister Duo at dusk – ISO400, F4.5, 1/100 sec

The FireFlies passing accross the bay at duck - ISO3200, F5.6, 1/250sec

The FireFlies passing across the bay at duck – ISO3200, F5.6, 1/250sec

Twister Duo lighting up the skies - shlow shutter speed - ISO100, F22, 30sec with tripod

Twister Duo lighting up the skies – slow shutter speed – ISO100, F22, 30sec with tripod

The Flying Circus with fireworks. ISO3200, F5.6, 1/20sec

The Flying Circus with fireworks. ISO3200, F5.6, 1/20sec

Final Evening Fireworks - and I was too close, they moved the barge 15 minutes before they set them off and my lens was too narow. ISO100, F6.3, 3.1sec

Final Evening Fireworks – and I was too close, they moved the barge 15 minutes before they set them off and my lens was too narrow. ISO100, F6.3, 3.1sec

I had a wonderful day – I loved the fact that all the different speeds of planes, whether I was shooting into light or away from it, or whether there was no light at all really made me think …. I thought the location on the cliff top was great, and it was interesting to walk along and see all the other photographers too – they was so many expensive cameras and camera lens on the cliff top with other people capturing the day… I can’t imagine how many photo was taken – billions I should think.

The Canon 7D mark 11 which I am shooting with was brilliant, it was very responsive, the shutter speed and the ability for it to lock on focal points was really impressive.

1 reply
  1. henryszwinto
    henryszwinto says:

    Some very good photos. Looks like it was a great day out. Probably prefer the photos because of the cloudy sky rather than many blue sky ones you get and especially the backlit vapour trails over the yachts.

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