Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby Stonefaction on Tue 12 Jan 2010, 9:40 pm

Was lucky enough to get a base visit to RAF Leuchars in mid-December. Really enjoyed it, and managed to get a mixture of aircraft (Alpha Jet, Tucano, Hawk, KC-135, Tornado F.3 and Lightning). Was great to get the chance to shoot the F.3s close-up before they retire this year.
The light was rather variable - started glorious and golden, till the sun got a wee bit higher and hit cloud. Came back out briefly when the Tornado pair returned (thankfully).
Thanks again to my host for the visit. Much appreciated.:smile:
Here's a selection of what was around on the day....
EDIT :Larger size now posted

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1. Tornado F.3 awaiting the arrival of the crew.

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2. 111sqn gate guard Lightning in the HAS site.

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3. Another Tornado F.3 being readied for a flight.

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4. Juliet Uniform of 111sqn.

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5. One of the 'new' Grob Tutors.

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6. Hotel Foxtrot of 111sqn on finals.

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7. Tucano almost down.

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8. Golf Oscar a few inches from touchdown.

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9. Juliet Uniform in the golden light of a December morning sun.

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10. Tucano close-up.

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11. Another shot of Juliet Uniform sitting in the sun.

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12. French Alpha Jet making an approach.

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13. Golf Oscar taxies out.

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14. Hotel Yankee.

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15. Golf Oscar goes around.

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16. ZF172 seconds from landing.

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17. Golf Oscar being prepared for a flight.

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18. Thrust reversers engaged.

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19. Hawk touches down briefly before heading off again.

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20. Hotel Yankee bumps over the arrestor wire.

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21. KC-135 turns back into the extended circuit.

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22. Another Tucano on approach.

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23. Wide-angle 135.

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24. Hotel Foxtrot taxies back to the HAS site.

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25. Another shot of the 111sqn Lightning.

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26. A Tucano named Dorothy.

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27. Mildenhall KC-135 on finals.

and one that's a wee bit too big....

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27. Golf Oscar taxies out for a training flight.
Link to larger size...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2563/4249520730_5bb245e05c_b.jpg


Hope you like them

Baz
Last edited by Stonefaction on Tue 12 Jan 2010, 11:08 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit.

Postby ArabJazzie on Tue 12 Jan 2010, 9:53 pm

About time! Been looking forward to seeing these and you have not disappointed!

But 1024 is allowed here now as long as its under 300k.
Arabest,
Geoff.
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit.

Postby Stonefaction on Tue 12 Jan 2010, 10:07 pm

Thanks guys. Glad you like them.

EDIT : Added larger size now.
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby Wes_Howes on Wed 13 Jan 2010, 9:05 am

Wow they are excellent! shots 9 and 21 are the pick of the bunch in my opinion :clap:
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby Sky Pirate on Wed 13 Jan 2010, 9:39 am

Great light on those.. :clap: :clap:

Hugh.
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby EMarsh on Wed 13 Jan 2010, 9:47 am

9 and 11 are my cup of tea, just lovely. Good arrows that man. :clap:
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby T_J on Wed 13 Jan 2010, 11:30 am

Lovely light on some of the ground shots. The Lightnings images are great.

:clap: :clap:

TJ
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby Hellfire on Wed 13 Jan 2010, 2:55 pm

Great set. Some nice touchdown shots there, but the static ground pictures are fantastic. Brilliant light and angles. :clap:
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby fmansam on Wed 13 Jan 2010, 7:10 pm

AWESOME :rock: :rock: :rock: :rock:

great shots, better than my efforts..........
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby Spiny Norman on Wed 13 Jan 2010, 8:43 pm

Some grand stuff there, especially the Tornado wide angles, but the KC135 is beautifully atmospheric. Well done, sir!
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby John_E on Wed 13 Jan 2010, 9:46 pm

A really nice set but no.11 is absolutely stunning, very moody. :drool: :clap:
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby Unknown74 on Wed 13 Jan 2010, 10:20 pm

Now I do like that KC-135 wide angle shot of it over the verge area. By the way I don't like that new fence totally ruins a days spotting at my favourite Military Spotting Location.
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby SilverWingPix on Wed 13 Jan 2010, 10:55 pm

This is one of those posts you see through again, and possibly again :grin: . I love variety and the variety here is fantastic; different angles, different light settings, processing (some true, some artistic) Wonderfull :clap:

Egon/CPH
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby nigelblake on Wed 13 Jan 2010, 11:47 pm

A fine set of images, frame 3 steals the show for me though!
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby Lumix on Thu 14 Jan 2010, 8:34 am

Very nice!.....a fine set of photos :clap: I do like the Lightning shots :clap:
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby Epic Formacion on Thu 14 Jan 2010, 10:58 pm

Great images, but 50% to much if you ask me.
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby Stonefaction on Fri 15 Jan 2010, 7:23 pm

Thanks all. Glad you like them.

Unknown74.....I hate that fence too. It's a complete pain. :sad:
Nigel, I do like shot 3 too. I was taking shots of the F.3 when the tow tractor turned up, and the composition worked out quite nicely.
Epic Formacion...I like to show a bit of variety rather than just a load of side-on shots and I have slimmed down 400+ edited shots from the day to this little lot. I tried to get a mixture of aircraft types along with differing angles and lighting etc which was why I ended up posting as many as I did. Out of curiosity which ones would you have ditched?
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Re: Leuchars Base Visit (EDIT :Larger pics).

Postby ythanpythan on Fri 15 Jan 2010, 8:53 pm

Baz,

As a whole it's a cracking set of shots, it's clear that with most of them you have put quite some thought in to the composition. However I do agree that restricting the number of shots posted would have turned a good post into a great one.

That said some absolute belters in their my man.

Cheers

Ian
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