XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby ClareScott on Mon 08 Oct 2012, 10:20 am

I was recently invited by Kev Rumens to spend the day with the Vulcan To the Sky Team and to photograph the last Fight of the Season.

Saturday 29th September arrived. I was so excited! the skies were perfect, a beautiful blue, with white fluffy clouds, really give another dimension to my photographs. You can even see the skys reflection on the nose of one of my shots below.

I donned a lovely shade of fluorescent yellow vest and off I went with the Team. The engineers were busy preparing her for her final flight of the 2012 Season. Checking everything was in perfect working order.

I climbed up the yellow ladder into the cockpit. It was sooo tiny! I had been pre warned about its size as my dad used to fly Vulcans. I don`t know how they managed long journeys with a full crew!

By this time the Engineers had moved away from the Aircraft, which let me take advantage of the clean background around the aircraft for some shots.

I really wanted a head on shot of her, the steps weren't available, so I clambered up onto the roof of a transit van to enable the shot I had in my mind. Success!

Watching everyone working together was fascinating. As the engines started the communication between the crew changed from voice, to sign language.

Crew: Captained by Bill Ramsey, his first flight in charge this Season. Kev Rumens was co-pilot, Andy Marson, navigator, Barry Masefield as the AEO. The flight over Kemble saw Bill Ramsey perform a display in front of an authorised CAA examiner in order to obtain his display qualification which will be vaild for the 2013 season.

As she taxied out everything suddenly became so real. It was almost like she had burst into life, like she knew it was her last flight of the Season and it was going to be a fantastic one infront of all her fans!

Her route comprised of:

Doncaster, Bitteswell, Coventry Airport, Birmingham Airport, RAF Cosford, Staverton, Filton, Cardiff, St. Athan, Ross-on-Wye, RAF Halton, RAF Cottesmore, RAF Waddington, RAF Scampton, then home to Doncater.

As she approched Doncaster Airport, she flew directly over our heads, bathed in beautiful evening golden light, as she flew into the circuit to prepare to land, which she did in style. Those huge delta wings acting as an air brake, her nose finally touched down way down the runway.

As she taxied home you could feel mixed emotions. Joy, relief, excitement, tinged maybe in part with sadness, as this may be the last flight ever... maybe. I hope not. I guess that will be down to donations from the public.

With the Crew safely on the tarmac I took the opportunity to photograph them, looking very smiley as the sun was setting.

XH558 is now tucked up in her Hangar at Robin hoods Airport for the Winter, if you`d like to see her up close, the Trust organise Hangar tours for the public to see her in all her glory.

Massive thanks to Kev and Toni for such a magical day.

Here are a few photos from the day.

Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did taking them.

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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr

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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr


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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr

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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr

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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr

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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr

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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr

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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr

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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr

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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr

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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr




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Vulcan To The Sky. Avro Vulcan XH558. G-VLCN. 'The Spirit Of Great Britain by Photography by Clare Scott, on Flickr
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby ClareScott on Mon 08 Oct 2012, 11:07 am

DanO1978 wrote:Like the colour-popped fin-flash, and the penultimate shot is lit perfectly - can see right down the intakes, and not a silica bag in sight!


Thanks Dan

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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby nigelblake on Mon 08 Oct 2012, 11:35 am

Very hard to pick a favourite Clare, but frame 6 just edges it for me. Spot-on colours and beautiful processing too!
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby Mad Dan on Mon 08 Oct 2012, 11:52 am

The penultimate shot is indeed a corker...
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby elderforest on Mon 08 Oct 2012, 12:00 pm

Nice set Clare. Looks like you got lucky with the weather too :cool:
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby AndyXH558 on Mon 08 Oct 2012, 4:54 pm

Great pictures Clare, I must admit that I can't pick a favourite out of them but at a push The landing shot is the one that i really like the best! :clap: .
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby yrret on Mon 08 Oct 2012, 5:50 pm

They're all great, but for me 6 and 12 are stunner's. :clap: I'm not a photographer, but what lens did you use for 6 ?
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby Stu on Mon 08 Oct 2012, 8:28 pm

Great set 12th shot for me :clap: and Chris gets in everywhere :grin:
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby JohnH on Tue 09 Oct 2012, 9:19 am

Nice series Clare. Just out of interest, what setting did you use for the cockpit shot. The exposure for that shot (inside & out) with all the different light is very good.
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby Cimmerian on Tue 09 Oct 2012, 10:29 am

Great set. The penultimate one is a belter.
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby David P on Tue 09 Oct 2012, 7:04 pm

Really loving all of those. Lovely light, and I like your processing style for these.
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby ClareScott on Thu 11 Oct 2012, 8:53 pm

Thanks everyone! Really appreciate your comments.

I can`t remember what the exposure was for the cockpit. It was super dark, but the 5D handles light really well...maybe 1/30th at f4 at 400 iso... just a guess without delving into my hard drive...

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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby ClareScott on Mon 22 Oct 2012, 6:36 pm

Issue 13 of Global Aviation Magazine is now live!
http://pocketmags.com/viewissue.aspx?ti ... ueid=48197

Have a look at Page 85, 91, 94.. you`ll see some of my piccies! Thanks Karl & Gareth... Looks fab! =)

Cheers,

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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby AndyXH558 on Mon 22 Oct 2012, 8:42 pm

Great feature and some brilliant photographs too. For those who have not looked at GAM yet. It is well worth a read because its run by people who live breath and even talk aviation with a bit of humour thrown in.
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby Tim Holden on Tue 23 Oct 2012, 5:16 pm

Nice shots Clare. Lighting conditions look perfect.

I tried to shoot the cockpit of the Vulcan at Coventry and struggled to get a decent exposure with all the light coming through the windows. Ended up doing a composite of several shots on different settings. Tried flash, long exposure nothing gave me a decent single shot I was happy with.

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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby Reddog111 on Tue 23 Oct 2012, 11:15 pm

Great shots Claire. Particularly like the shot when she's landing.
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby tankbuster81 on Wed 24 Oct 2012, 4:32 am

A lovely set of photo's ,and she looks very pleasing on the eye in the penultimate shot.. The Vulcan looks very nice to!! :lmao:
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Re: XH558 Visit ~ Last Flight of the Season.

Postby Hellfire on Sun 28 Oct 2012, 11:30 pm

Fantastic. Really like 11 and 12. Hopefully be able to get a look at a copy of the magazine when I get back.

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