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Flying legends

Flying legends
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Direitos de Autor: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3011 W: 919 N: 12213] (52775)
Género: Lugares
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2008-07-13
Categorias: Tranportes, Decisive Moment
Câmara: Nikon D70s, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro, SanDisk Ultra II 1GB, Hama 58mm circular polarizer
Exposição: f/4.8, 1/1500 segundos
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Tema(s): Airshows, Aviation in focus, Anything to do with aviation [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2008-07-14 13:46
Visto: 2504
Favoritos: 1 [ver]
Pontos: 64
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Flying legends

My last days in England for a while....last Sunday I was able to spent a day for myself and went to the Flying legends Air Show in Duxford. Well even the weather was great, although it does not show on thsi image. The show was really great, the whole day roaring piston engines, and snoring propellors in stead of the high pitched sound of jet engines.

The oncoming days you can expect some more postings from thsi show. Hope you enjoy this one, the formation of two P-51 Mustangs escorting the B-17G "Liberty Bell".

Adjusted brightness and contrast. Used Neat Image to remove some noise (Shot taken with 400ASA) resized, sharpened and framed.

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Hiya Hansie

Asbolutely stunning! lovely formation and beautifully shot with good sharp detail and colour. I am quite envoius as I have spent the last two days trying to shoot a number of aircraft that are based here at RAF Coningsby and so far they have all avoided me, every time Sm urfie goes out with the camera they all dissapear lol.

TFS this lovely capture

kind regards Smurfie

Hi Hans,
Great work my friend, this must have been great to see and you have captured it well with good colours, looking at them against the sky you can see why they were painted that colour.
Well done and I look forward to more from Duxford.
Regards Andy

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-07-14 14:05]

These are really superb captures - all three sharp and clean and well positioned within the frame.
When I watched the old timers fly in the air show last year, they brought tears to my eyes, especially when they fly alongside our modern fighters. This image brings those emotions back to the surface for me.
Superb work

hi hans.
although i am not a lover of planes i do find them interesting.
they are an amazing feat of engineering.

it would not have been possible for me to take this shot as i would need to be unconscious before going on a plane.

you have captured the formation perfectly.
i really like the sky as it helps to define the planes.

you have my respect.

Great capture Hans. To get all 3, in that composition and that sharp is amazing. Well contrasted against the sky.


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-07-14 15:37]

Hi Hans great detail & sharpness with this image,what was your POV,appears as though you were up level with them.



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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2008-07-14 15:52]

Hi Hans,

i love plains, in particular WW II. I have a lot of plains models! In this moment, my dinning table have at least 50th models.

This image is very special for me! I love flying!
P51 Caddilac of the skys... with is merlin engine.
Thanks for sharing!


Fine adjustments to ensure that the grey sky will not hampered the color of the cabin of these magnificent aircraft. High definition of clarity and sharpness of the image, which contributes to this great result.
Beautiful toys for you, no?
Friendships, my dear Hansie


What a shot from the Baron himself! Looks like you might have taken the photo from a plane just outside of the bottom frame! My dream would be to fly in one of those. :D

Very neat historic planes! The gray and gold combination of color is nice as is the sky. Good job....

~ Lisa

Boa Noite hans

Fantastic. Great work. I love planes.

My regards


I admire your pictures....they a re so ...."movie Like"....just amazing... my best regards!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-07-14 18:14]

Did you take this picture from the ground, Hans?
Great shot - it is as if you are up in the sky with them.
As Helen has said: "Absolutely stunning!"
They are so sharp and clear
Well done

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-07-14 18:52]

Excellent work, nice details! I love it!
Now, I'm jealous. Well done.

I don't know how can you capture this image?Are you in another plane or on the hill?I do like the texture and the composition!The gray sky adds the atmosphere too!


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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2008-07-14 20:23]

Great capture of these airplanes. The detail in these planes are wonderful. The decals and the markings look perfect. They almost look like models. Great timing on the shot. Nice work Hans.

Hy Hans,
Beautiful picture nicely composed and presented with great colors and sharpness,amazing catch and presentation,, Excellent done of this old fighters P-51 Mustang and the B-17G Bomber..'Liberty bell'

Superb voyage in time you are offering us today .

With today's digital technology and beauty . Superb details and composition with this formation . Great timing and precision once again . A trademark from you.

Have a great day Hans !

Not bad at all, Hans! :-)

The formation is excellent with the two distant planes adding depth and interest to the shot. The grey sky adds to the illusion of this being a genuine wartime shot - or a still from a war movie. Sharpness excellent - lovely image.

You know Hans, I really like the results of your 70-300 lens. Something I have noticed before in the past.
I really like the sharpness and the light here. In spite of the dark, threatening clouds there still is enough detail and contrast.
A real nice composition here... ;-)


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-07-14 23:20]

wow, what a trio !!!
Superrb capture; congrats !


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  • crazy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 128 W: 0 N: 38] (343)
  • [2008-07-15 0:35]

Dear Hans,

perfect captured, although cloudy and dark sky they are so clever , very good sharpnes.
Congratulaitons.. tfs


Hi Hans,

Nice!! Really nice to see them flying side by side. Love the compo with the focus on the bigger gunner and the two little fighter jets a bit lower in focus. Nice!


Attractive capture,Beautiful shot of flying legend and good position of flying group,Good sharpness and wanna take a shot like this;-)Good work,TFS.

Excellent work on this Hans! Amazing how you can capture this and I know they are running fast! Or you are inside a plane, OR sitting on the wing trying to take this! amazing work, nice details! I love it!
B-) B-)

Hello Hans
Wonderful composition.Superb colours and details.Congrats.
Friendly greetings


A wonderful capture.
Reminds me of those war movies.

All three nicely placed next to each other with good formation (V-formation?).

Slightly too dark, tried to brighten it up, but with little result.


Hoi Hans,
Het lijkt wel een poster ! In ieder geval heel mooi.
Veel overeenkomst in de kleuren van de lucht en van de toestellen.
Goed scherp en een super POV.

Aha Hansie, daar heb ik mijn antwoord, je laatste dagen in Engeland....

Dat even door Neat Image halen geeft inderdaad een schone foto, mooi effect.
Het lijkt wel of je meevliegt hier.


Hello Hans,

Beautiful trio flying! Very good the POV and composition. TFS

Hi Hans.
Inderdaad een erg oude deze heb ik nog in oude boeken staan die ik vroeger spaarde maar nu in de kast liggen. Erg intressant om deze te zien vliegen. je zal genoten hebben.
Gr Frans

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-07-18 9:14]

Hello Hans, wonderful shot, it seems that you were in that formation yourself! Very impressive, thanks!


Hello Hans
What a stunning shot! I love he way you composed that image with the three planes. What a vantage popint you had!
A couple of years ago, I had the chance to photograph a B-17 that was recovered form the bottom of a lake in Labrador where it had landed in emergency,in winter when the lake was frozen. That was at the end of WWII. When spring came, the plane sank as you can imagine. When I saw it, it was dismanteled, placed on three floats and on its way to USA to be resaured. It was in pretty good condition considering the time it has passed in the water.

I love you series of plane

  • janneman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 314 W: 7 N: 164] (1054)
  • [2008-07-19 14:50]

Doet me denken aan zo'n oorlogsfilmen waar ze de bombers
begeleiden. Bij zulke filmen moet ik altijd even gaan " wandelen ". ( Ik kan niet rustig een film bekijken ... )

Wat me direct aansprak in deze foto is de POV.
'k Weet niet hoe je het gedaan hebt maar, het lijkt alsof je
ergens in die formatie meevloog.

Dus, voor mij, een mooie compo en in z'n geheel
een eigen sfeer.

TFS Hans !

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-07-27 15:32]

Honestly I have a whole new respect for your plane pictures. We went to the airshow yesterday and well not great results the pictures you post are amazing I could capture the ones parked but the air I have alot to learn. So BEAUTIFUL post. TFs

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