|Low-Level Flying Photography
Photographic Logs for 2003
(For all these shots, I used my Canon EOS 10D and a Canon EF 300mm f4L lens with or without a Canon x1.4 extender.
Plus the x1.6 sensor crop factor of the 10D)
| Harrier GR.7 (ZD466 '56') of 20(R) Squadron in December 4, 2003
|Thursday December 18, 2003.
13 Hawks and two Harriers. The second Harrier was just a few seconds behind the first and so
it was impossible to get multiple shots of it. I could see that it was also cutting the
corner and would have made a better shot. They were taken at 1/800 at f5.6 ISO 200 with a
300mm with x1.4 extender. The Harriers are from RAF Cottesmore 1 Squadron and 3 Squadron
respectively. The Hawks are from 4 FTS at RAF Valley, the dying bracken gives an
interesting background colour.
|Monday December 15, 2003. Three Tucano's and a USAF MC-130P Hercules (69-5828 c/s 'Talon 21' ) of 352nd Special Operations Group, 67th Special Operations Squadron operating from RAF Mildenhall. It only stayed at hilltop level (500 feet AGL) unfortunately, it was followed by a Tucano just one minute behind.
|Thursday December 4, 2003. low-flying area (LFA) 7 in Wales. A very quiet day with only one Harrier GR.7 (ZD466 '56') of 20(R) Squadron based at RAF Wittering.
|Wednesday November 5, 2003. Saw 10 Hawks, but only 5 came by me and those mostly in poor weather.
Left to right: Hawk T.1 was taken at just 1/200 at f4 set at ISO 800 at 15:31.
Hawk T.1 XX221 of 4 FTS, 19(R) Squadron at RAF Valley.
|Wednesday October 15, 2003.
15 Hawks and a Griffin through the pass by 13:00, just one more Hawk at 16:07. Pictures:
Griffin HT.1 ZJ708, Hawk T.1 XX156 high through pass and in Red Arrows scheme but with
4FTS at RAF Valley, Hawk T.1 XX346 19(R) Squadron one of a three ship formation and Hawk
turning in pass, taken at 1/500 at ISO 400.
|Wednesday September 17, 2003.
14 Hawks today and new location on outside of turn, so mostly bottom shots.
Left to right: 4 FTS, 19(R) Squadron Hawk (XX218) 480mm at 1/640 f6.3 and ISO200; 4 FTS Hawk (XX221) 480mm 1/500 f7.1 and ISO200; Two shots of FRADU Royal Navy Hawk T.1 (XX238) from RNAS Culdrose 672mm 1/1000 at f7.1
|More Hawk action, sometimes they will fly high (above 250 feet AGL) through the valley.
|19(R) Squadron Hawk (XX239) and 208(R) Squadron Hawk (XX220).
|Tuesday September 16, 2003.
15 Hawks and 2 Tucanos, moved across and up the valley at midday when the sun moved around.
Left to right: Two shots of Tucano T.1 (ZF204 '204') from 1 FTS at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, 672mm 1/500 f5.6 ISO200 and 2 shots of Hawk (XX295) 672mm at 1/500, f5.6 and ISO200.
Wednesday September 3, 2003.
9 Hawks today.
Left to right: Hawk taken with 420mm lens at 1/640, f5 and ISO400; 2 shots of Hawk T.1 (XX309) inscribed 'Hawk 25th Anniversary' of 208(R) Squadron from RAF
Valley, 480mm at 1/640, f4 and ISO200 and Hawk T.1 of 19(R) Squadron (XX203) 480mm at 1/320,
f4 and ISO200.
|Hawk T.1 of 100 Squadron coded 'CG'. 19(R) Squadron Hawk and an image of a 208(R) Squadron Hawk.
|Tuesday September 2, 2003. 1 Jetstream and 6 Hawks today.
Left to right: Royal Navy Jetstream T.2 (XX488 'CU-562') from RNAS Culdrose taken with 480mm at 1/1000, f4.5 and ISO200; Hawk taken with 672mm at 1/160, f5.6 and ISO400 and finally Hawk T.1 of 208(R) Squadron (XX201) taken with 480mm at 1/200, f4.5 and ISO200 the time was 17:23.
|Thursday July 10, 2003. Low swirling cloud all day, nothing through the pass until 5 minutes after I left at 16:00, disappointing particularly as 5 miles up the road it was sunny with low-flying all day.