RIAT 17 - best for many years?

RIAT 17 - best for many years?

Postby Dr Cake on Fri 03 Nov 2017, 4:59 pm

I'm assuming that the vast majority of people reading this were in attendance at Fairford in mid July. For the assumed small minority who weren't then I'll attempt to give you a short summary.

On a very positive note, this was the best air tattoo I've been to for many years. The sight of the Ukrainians arriving took me right back to those halcyon pre Cottesmore days - precisely the kind of participants that add so much value. Let's hope they can start attending on a more frequent basis. There was plenty of other stuff making a welcome return too. All those U-2s, the B-2 on the Sunday and the Israeli Herc were major highlights for me. Fortunately the USAF supported their anniversary well (by current standards) and there was plenty of other stuff to appreciate too. The awards choice must have been a difficult process - e.g. the BBMF, Coutea Delta and the Italian Tornado were all impressive to us photographers but didn't feature flyingwise as far as I can recall.

The major downside for serious photographers was the generally difficult lighting conditions due to cloud. It really was as challenging as some other contributors have mentioned. Saturday was particularly difficult and a great shame if that was your single day. We can only hope that 2018 is more fortunate in this department. Many contributors have clearly been very very busy processing. I can understand why this approach is popular but I'm not entirely sure it's always 100% successful. I know the jury's out on this subject generally. I've tried not fall into this trap - please criticise if you feel I have.

Enough of the idle chit chat and onto the snaps. This is a large post, apologies if necessary.

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Thanks for looking.
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Re: RIAT 17 - best for many years?

Postby Airwolfhound on Fri 03 Nov 2017, 6:13 pm

Very happy memories of this show, and you caught the acts well :-)

Have to admit that I paused scrolling when I reached 96, that's a gorgeous shot :clap:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24874528@N04/

Agile, mobile and hostile ;-)
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Re: RIAT 17 - best for many years?

Postby GeorgeP on Sat 04 Nov 2017, 4:47 am

Dr Cake wrote:... this was the best air tattoo I've been to for many years...
Your excellent set of images have convinced me. :smile: I'll time my next visit to the U.K. to attend R.I.A.T.
Cheers,

George

Melbourne, Australia.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/30699732@N05/albums
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Re: RIAT 17 - best for many years?

Postby zigzag on Sat 04 Nov 2017, 8:25 am

Lovely set of shots that capture the event well, shame about the weather but these are not overly processed to make it seem better than it was, well done.

It was a cracking few days.
If you like these pics there are more utterly brilliant shots at https://www.flickr.com/photos/131094099@N08/albums
#MOT
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Re: RIAT 17 - best for many years?

Postby tankbuster81 on Sat 04 Nov 2017, 10:33 am

The best set from the show i have seen on here, by a mile! :clap:
Don't bother running, you'll only die tired!!
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Re: RIAT 17 - best for many years?

Postby alizam on Sat 04 Nov 2017, 11:52 am

Number 96 = wow :)
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Re: RIAT 17 - best for many years?

Postby Stagger2 on Sat 04 Nov 2017, 12:14 pm

Airwolfhound wrote:Very happy memories of this show, and you caught the acts well :-)
Have to admit that I paused scrolling when I reached 96, that's a gorgeous shot :clap:

Me too....but just for Lunch! :biggrin:
A very honest & great (as in super + large!) set of shots. Can't help but think how good these would've been with some brighter skies, but also how good it is to see the images NOT processed to death in the quest to overcome the mainly grim weather. :clap:
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Re: RIAT 17 - best for many years?

Postby Dr Cake on Sat 11 Nov 2017, 6:58 pm

Many thanks for all the positive feedback. Much appreciated. We really deserve some better weather for the big one next year!!!

George - yes, really try and line up your next trip over here with RIAT. You are unlikely to be disappointed - it was fantastic this year. I hope the imagery demonstrates this.
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