Tommy At RIAT *Updated* (Image Very Heavy!)

Tommy At RIAT *Updated* (Image Very Heavy!)

Postby Tommy on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 9:27 pm

N'yello all, great first day at RIAT. Far too many photos to sort through, but here's one or two highlights to give a flavour of the day from West rather than East:

ImageA-Grade by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImagePairs Display by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Image30 Down Under by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageBirdTail by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageRafa Rollover by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImagePolStripes by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageTools of the Trade by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageLiftwaffe by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageGainz by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImagePointer by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageStanding Stalwart by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageTwintaxi by Tom Jones, on Flickr

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ImageToom Raider by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageSleek Greeks by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageSkywalker by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageFlaps, Not Traps by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageSystems: Go by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Well done if you've made it this far! :grin:

I would *love* some C&C on these. These have been taken with the Sigma 150-600mm contemporary - a huge step up from my old Tamron 70-300mm and a steep learning curve (in addition to the sodding zoom ring turning in the opposite way to my old lens!)

I doubt I'll upload any tomorrow because Andy is showing some of us lucky staffers the delicacies of Japanese buffet!

Thanks for looking. To those going, enjoy the show. Right, back to drowning my sorrows about Wales' loss, and bed to rinse & repeat tomorrow. Remember that we're covering everything in Andy's Live Arrivals Thread, and through our Twitter feed.

Thanks,

Tom :smile:
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Re: Tommy At RIAT

Postby RichPittman on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 9:30 pm

Lovely stuff, please post some nice quality from tomorrow
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Re: Tommy At RIAT

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 9:36 pm

Topside of Dave is a good opener, even if it is still fugly.

Shame they spoiled the look of both F-4s with gaudy drop tanks.
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Re: Tommy At RIAT

Postby StuWeston on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 11:53 am

Cracking set, first shot is immense!
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Re: Tommy At RIAT

Postby stevebrodie on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 11:55 am

First shot, nice map - just in case he gets lost :lol:
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Re: Tommy At RIAT

Postby lambo17841 on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 12:57 pm

Great photos,is there one of the Oman 295?

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Re: Tommy At RIAT

Postby tankbuster on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 3:35 pm

great set and not just a boring set of planes against a plain background on approach
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Re: Tommy At RIAT

Postby ChrisShaw on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 6:25 pm

Great set thanks for sharing :smile:
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Re: Tommy At RIAT

Postby Beefy on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 7:09 pm

These are really nice images Tommy and IMHO far better than anything I've seen from the East P&V and RIAT grandstand (sorry Andy!) - no airfield detritus, people behind fence-lines, vehicles, BAE banners etc. just a lovely natural back drop of greenery which really enhances the ground shots.

Although it is still an ugly heap of junk, the F-35A is by far the better looking variant, but still an ugly mother.

LN Strike Eagle wrote:Shame they spoiled the look of both F-4s with gaudy drop tanks.


Agree with you 100% on that, they really have spoiled the look of those jets, in what is normally a cracking looking camo scheme on the F-4. The elation of seeing Greek F-4's would have been swiftly soured by those drop tanks :sick:

You certainly seem to be getting to grips with the 150-600, your images are looking nice and sharp too :clap:
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Thursday Added*

Postby Tommy on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 10:28 pm

Thanks for the comments, guys. Lovely of you all to take the time.

Beefy wrote:no airfield detritus, people behind fence-lines, vehicles, BAE banners etc. just a lovely natural back drop of greenery which really enhances the ground shots.


Well, that's one of the pleasures of West, the trade-off being that you don't catch everything, and it can sometimes be frustrating seeing that super-duper rare jet turn off before making it down that end! Six of one... I'll be in FRIAT for the rest of RIAT, though.

lambo17841 wrote:Great photos,is there one of the Oman 295?


Sadly not, I wanted to stay and catch it but being Welsh, I had a football game to watch..

Anyway, I sadly haven't had the chance to edit many as I've spent the evening smashing the Japanese buffet at Andy's hotel :snack: :snack:

Couple from today which are hopefully of interest. Conditions decidedly less clement and a lot quieter at the Western end. Still, though, not a bad day spent by any means:

ImageGeneral Franco by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageCyber-T by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageBluePhoon by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageMirage a Trois by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageBalding Eagle by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Light had really gone at this point!

ImageCroaviation by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Thanks again for the comments, and well done if you've made it this far again!

Enjoy the show, to those going.

Thanks,

Tom
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Thursday Added*

Postby CJS on Fri 08 Jul 2016, 6:57 am

Lovely stuff Tom, thanks for sharing. I think the 2000N might be my new favourite looking modern aircraft :love:

Are there two special schemed ones or did you just catch the second one in the right light to make it look like it's got a different camo scheme?

Enjoy today :rock:
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Thursday Added*

Postby Pringles on Fri 08 Jul 2016, 10:47 am

2 different special schemed German Tiffies, just the one 'La Fayette' Mirage 2000N, with two others in standard camo, presumably one being a spare.
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Friday Added*

Postby Tommy on Fri 08 Jul 2016, 9:47 pm

Couple from today. I did have more, but my hotel internet/flickr is deciding to be an arse and not let me upload them for some stupid reason :wall: . Probably for the best anyway... As per, C&C much appreciated.

The weather was pretty crap today. Very little light at times, and just clag all over the place, making photography difficult.

ImageThat's Dedication by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageFlame On by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageBug's Life by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageHawK Hunt by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageGoing Home by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageAmerocket by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageSTOVL Returns by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageCrew-Up by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageRam-Air by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageThe Future Is Now by Tom Jones, on Flickr

They're a bit crap, IMO, and I could probably bring them out a little more, but I'm too knackered to have another sweep of the card or do more editing at the moment! :sleepy:

Thanks for all the kind comments, and taking the time to look at my arrivals/practice photos. It's been hard work but rewarding. Now to sit back and enjoy the show!

Thanks, guys.

Tom :smile:
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Friday Added*

Postby alpha586 on Sat 09 Jul 2016, 7:56 pm

Great set of photos Tom thoroughly a job well done Sir! Love the shot of the super bug.
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Updated* (Image Very Heavy!)

Postby Tommy on Mon 29 Aug 2016, 1:02 am

Better late than never, right?

Following up with the arrivals stuff, please see a HUGE update below.

In between then and now, I've decided to switch editing to Lightroom to see how it changes things in terms of my PP. Less powerful, but much easier than PS, I'm liking it so far. I've also finally decided to be consistent with my watermark and just apply it to everything now. Hopefully not too conspicuous. Still pushing things with my brand new lens, brand new PP techniques and using the pretty new 16000px thing, so many, many learning curves...

Anyway, my first images run through Lr instead of Ps, so I'd love some C&C if anyone actually manages to make it through to the end of the thread!! :lol:

34. Easy to overlook, but it's incredible that we've seen such awesome support from the Japanese in 3 out of the last 4 years
ImageMeatball Marinara by Tom Jones, on Flickr

35. Some really decent rarities around this year, including the support stuff. My first two Spanish Herks - sadly both grey.
ImageThe Spaniard by Tom Jones, on Flickr

36. Not flying, but fantastic to see the Kiwis back
ImageKiwiBeans by Tom Jones, on Flickr

37.
ImageDebugger by Tom Jones, on Flickr

38. The Canuks, too. Lovely crew, and I'm glad they sent their Aurora over, say, another Herk...
ImageFar Go by Tom Jones, on Flickr

39.
ImageToombstoning by Tom Jones, on Flickr

40.
ImageAlpine Fresh by Tom Jones, on Flickr

41.
ImageBlades of Fury by Tom Jones, on Flickr

42.
ImageMild-mannered by Tom Jones, on Flickr

43.
ImageGreen-Eyed monster by Tom Jones, on Flickr

44.
ImageWho Spots The Spotters? by Tom Jones, on Flickr

45.
ImageDarkLights by Tom Jones, on Flickr

46.
ImageTwenty-Twofer by Tom Jones, on Flickr

47. I loved seeing the Croats. Their display perhaps wasn't spellbinding, but some good stuff in there nonetheless.
ImageBlood Diamonds by Tom Jones, on Flickr

48.
ImageRed, White and Blue by Tom Jones, on Flickr

49. Also cool to see the Poles get their F-16 onto the circuit. The standard is set by the Turks these days, but with the Dutch and Belgian models getting old, it's cool to see operators of the "newer" F-16s start to pick up the slack.
ImagePoleaxed by Tom Jones, on Flickr

50. Speaking of Belgians, this absolute beaut was awesome to see.
ImageCrouching Tiger by Tom Jones, on Flickr

51.
ImageClean Bean by Tom Jones, on Flickr

52. Anyone notice the Spanish dress up their Typhoon? How this didn't win best static, I'll never know...
ImageYes, Rather by Tom Jones, on Flickr


53.
ImageWar Footing by Tom Jones, on Flickr

54.
ImagePrancing Pony by Tom Jones, on Flickr

55.
ImageThe Fighter by Tom Jones, on Flickr

56.
ImageBattle Belly by Tom Jones, on Flickr

57.
ImageOne Day by Tom Jones, on Flickr

58.
ImagePastel Break by Tom Jones, on Flickr

59.
ImageTo Infinity by Tom Jones, on Flickr

60.
ImageUgly Calling by Tom Jones, on Flickr

61. This was really, really cool. A Turkish KC-135 in the background, and Greek F-4s in the foreground... Literally no other place (or very few) in the world you would see such a thing...
ImageDon't Mention The War by Tom Jones, on Flickr

62. Speaking of the rare as hen's teeth KC - here she is. I'm led to believe that this particular machine participated in the failed coup attempt two weeks later.
ImageTurk Tank by Tom Jones, on Flickr

63. I was also quite buzzed to catch my first standard Polish F-16.
ImagePole-Dancer by Tom Jones, on Flickr

64.
ImageGot to P3ee... by Tom Jones, on Flickr

65.
ImageDo You Even Lift? by Tom Jones, on Flickr

66.
ImageTraffic by Tom Jones, on Flickr

67.
Image'Tor's torque by Tom Jones, on Flickr

68.
ImageCroatian Period by Tom Jones, on Flickr

69.
ImageSweeper by Tom Jones, on Flickr

70.
ImageGetting Dizier by Tom Jones, on Flickr

71.
ImageScandinaviation by Tom Jones, on Flickr

72.
ImageTiger Tiger by Tom Jones, on Flickr

73.
ImageLa Fayes by Tom Jones, on Flickr

74.
ImageDiamond Bird by Tom Jones, on Flickr

75.
ImageTurbo Trainer by Tom Jones, on Flickr

76.
ImageUpdate 2.0 by Tom Jones, on Flickr

77. Was going to delete this, but there's something cool about seeing the sheer bloody scale of the Voyager. I keep forgetting how much of an absolute mammouth of a machine it is!
ImageBP - Big Plane by Tom Jones, on Flickr

78.
ImageLa FaYes! by Tom Jones, on Flickr

79.
ImageHip Don't Lie by Tom Jones, on Flickr

80.
ImageAlba Baby by Tom Jones, on Flickr

Well, that's probably a considerable amount of over-egging.

A huge amount of congratulations to you if you managed to peruse the thread up until this point. Hopefully they were of interest to some!

Thanks for looking,

Tom :smile:
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Updated* (Image Very Heavy!)

Postby Wes_Howes on Mon 29 Aug 2016, 9:11 am

Lovely stuff Tommy, that 150-600 looks like it does the job well *looks at bank account :sad: *
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Updated* (Image Very Heavy!)

Postby Airwolfhound on Mon 29 Aug 2016, 10:13 am

Outstanding images Tom, editing looks great :clap: :clap:
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Updated* (Image Very Heavy!)

Postby CJS on Mon 29 Aug 2016, 8:09 pm

Veeeery nice Tom, thanks for posting. You have really got a flavour for the show through your thread :clap: I think you also give a great flavour of those aircraft we don't see but which play an important role in the show (still, a shame the Turkish KC-135 couldn't hang around :sad: )

Favourites? Lots, but I really like the F-35 / RAFAT shot and the arty Belgian F-16 one too, a bit different and really nicely composed. I can't really comment on the editing cos my laptop is too crap to notice, but I am sure they're fine :grin:

Thanks for sharing, good to catch up briefly again too :up:
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Updated* (Image Very Heavy!)

Postby Col. Chibani on Mon 29 Aug 2016, 8:47 pm

Very nice shots ! :clap:

A few technical questions, as I am trying to master also the Sigmonster, but I did'nt get yet results as good as yours.
What camera body do you have ?
What average focal lens where you using ?
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Updated* (Image Very Heavy!)

Postby Ledhead27 on Mon 29 Aug 2016, 9:22 pm

Have to say that these have come out really well, looks like you've got to grips with the new lens! (You were doing plenty of moaning in Denmark about lack of size :grin: )
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Re: Tommy At RIAT *Updated* (Image Very Heavy!)

Postby Tommy on Thu 01 Sep 2016, 7:46 pm

Never responded to this! :oops:

Thanks for all of the kind comments, you guys.

Col. Chibani wrote:A few technical questions, as I am trying to master also the Sigmonster, but I did'nt get yet results as good as yours.
What camera body do you have ?
What average focal lens where you using ?


I'm shooting on a D5100, though that's probably the next piece of kit I'll upgrade - it's iso performance is atrocious, and it's buffer ain't the best.

The Sigma has been tricky getting used to, physically and technically. RIAT was it's first outing, so a lot to learn yet. I've noticed that it appears much more difficult for warbird stuff. Obviously you have to break the focal length/shutter speed rule as 1/500 will freeze the props!

focal lengths are varying - as an example, the first shot in this thread, was at 440mm, the Polish F-16 topside was at 500mm, P-51 & F-35 was 240mm, shot number 51 was at 210mm, and the Wings of Storm pair was at 480mm - so a really diverse range of focal lengths used.

Wes_Howes wrote:that 150-600 looks like it does the job well *looks at bank account :sad: *


There's a bit of a drunken story behind its purchase... :hypno:

CJS wrote:Thanks for sharing, good to catch up briefly again too :up:


Yeah, good to see you & Iain, mate. Glad you're well.

Ledhead27 wrote:(You were doing plenty of moaning in Denmark about lack of size :grin: )


Nah, mate. Only my ex girlfriends complain about that! :joystick:
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