Northolt's Family Day Arrivals - 4th June 09

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Northolt's Family Day Arrivals - 4th June 09

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I had a long but fun day (and night) at the RAF Northolt arrivals day photocall despite the weather. Thanks must go to Phil, Lee and the Station CO for making all the on-going photocalls possible. Both Phil and Lee excelled themselves yesterday though, making our little group of photographers feel at home and making sure we were all fed and watered before heading back over to the ramp for an hour of very damp night shooting!

The company was first-rate as usual and it was good to see everyone and put a few more faces to UKAR screennames.

If Carlsberg did photocalls, Phil "You lot are gonna kill me" Dawe and Lee "Cameras down" Barton would be Master Brewers!

First up, what all your money from the various photocall's Phil has organised is going to, the original BoB Ops room at Northolt, known simply as Building 27. The target of £25,000 is sought to renovate and equip the building as the Station's museum, with a replica map table in it's original housing of the wood clad extension on the right of the picture. The main building will house artifacts relating to the buildings and Northolt's WW2 and in particular its Battle of Britain history. Quite a large chunk of the target figure has already been raised by everyone who has bought a ticket for a photocall over the last couple of years, but there is still some way to go.

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Now some of the movements over the course of Friday.

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Not sure how these ended up on my card, I never saw them, honest guv!

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Or this one from our dinner break at the NAAFI? Shaggie?? :grin:

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So, with dinner finished, it was back over to the ramp at 22:20 for a spot of night shooting. This was extremely challenging in the steady rain but worthwhile in the end. At least it proved that my D3 was waterproof, I just wish I was!

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Did I mention it was wet?
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Brollies were essential, shame I forgot mine!
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Are we mad? Yes!
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It's a real shame there are not more enthusiasts like Phil and Lee at other bases in the UK, with the goodwill of the Station CO and some planning there could be many more photocalls throughout the Country helping to raise significant funds for good causes.
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Great pictures. Thanks for posting. Excellently composed, great night shots, great prop blur and in the rain as well.

Well done

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Every shots a winner! :clap: Apart from the Black 'n' White night shots, but thats just my opinion.

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Those black and white shots add a little something for the night pictures. Pity the rain added a little bit more....

And just who is that devilishly handsome man in camoflage gear....
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Top quality night shots, especially in the rain :clap: But the ones which win it for me are the :ninja: choppers and Tonka 048 sliding to a halt.

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LOVE the shots, but just wondering, why is there so much secrecy about that heli?
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Thanks all, glad you liked them, I just did the B&Ws to mix it up a bit but I know it's not everyone's cup of tea.

jetwash wrote:LOVE the shots, but just wondering, why is there so much secrecy about that heli?


They are operated, often in clandestine roles, by a certain specialist army unit based in Hereford. They just don't want much attention drawn to them.

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jetwash wrote:LOVE the shots, but just wondering, why is there so much secrecy about that heli?


If we told you that information, we would have to kill you :grin:

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Looks like you had a fun, though aquatic, day yesterday Kev! You are doing your best to convince me that the rain and you are not linked, but i remain to be convinced. Really like the night shot of the GR.4.

KevinJ wrote:It's a real shame there are not more enthusiasts like Phil and Lee at other bases in the UK, with the goodwill of the Station CO and some planning there could be many more photocalls throughout the Country helping to raise significant funds for good causes.


Well said that man! We are lucky to have Phil and Lee at Northolt, and that the Squadrons and the Station Commander there support them as well as they do. It would be great if similar events could be held at other stations as the demand for them is certainly there.
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Cracking shots as always Kev, love that first AW-139 shot :clap: :topbombing:

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Outstanding set..
Thanks for sharing,

weather looking good from 13:00 onwards tommorrow :-))

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Are we mad? Yes!
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Who are that bunch of nutters :whistle:
Damn ones ME !!!!!! :grin:

Very nice Kevin I haven`t even looked at mine yet
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Nice set of shots Kev.

Good to catch up again.

We may never know who took all those pictures on Karl's and Geoff's cameras, but they were of an eclectic mix of subjects! :grin:

Although I did not make the Night portion of the day, I like your efforts, alot. I know my camera is not weather sealed and sometimes I feel neither am I.
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I love the Spitfire topside! Out of the night shots, the Jetstream and King Air are my favourites. :clap: :clap: :clap:
The use of the grad filter on the A109 Power is nice too.

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Nice work Kev and a good report of the day. I like the Tornado's in the dark. :clap:

LOVE the shots, but just wondering, why is there so much secrecy about that heli?

This secrecy stuff is getting silly, If they wanted to remain anonymous they messed up big time landing in the middle of a photoday :grin:

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IanOlder wrote:Nice work Kev and a good report of the day. I like the Tornado's in the dark. :clap:

LOVE the shots, but just wondering, why is there so much secrecy about that heli?

This secrecy stuff is getting silly, If they wanted to remain anonymous they messed up big time landing in the middle of a photoday :grin:



Ansd the fact that what they were and who they were for has been known about since the order was placed!

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Well done! Love the Spit and the GR4 (8th of the nighttime shots).
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A fine demonstration of slow-shutter work, Kev. Night-shots are great too, and I think my fav is the lower angled B&W Alpha shot. Think that works SO well!

Good to see you again mate (well, sort of - you did bring the rain, after all :grin: ) and thanks for the banter and extra images on the card!! :lol:

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Excellent set there Kevin; especially like the motion blur on the burgers and chips!

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Top stuff Kevin. Those head-on helo shots work a treat :cool:
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Hi Kev,

Agree with Karl, the Alpha B&W is pretty nice. I run at out of time for something different myself, made up for it today though!

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Very good! :clap:

Suspect that might be me with the brolly in the 125 shot?!!

You did well with the HH-60 - my autofocus wasn't happy with the lack of light, tried to focus manually but that wasn't easy either!!

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cracking set Mr J,you know you should always check your gear if you leave it kicking about !!I think the hunger had the better of me that's why the food picture is blurred :lol: :lol:

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