My photography studio is near the Defence Academy, and every year at their graduation ceremony they have a big display by the RAF’s famous formation aerobatics team “The Red Arrows”. This year’s display was today so I thought I would try and blog it “almost live”.
First thing to do was to get my equipment ready. I was a bit restricted as to where I stood so I needed my longest lens. I used my superb Sigma 70-200 f2.8 with a dedicated Sigma 2x converter. This gave me an equivalent focal length of 210-600mm. I also had another camera body with a 28-300 (42-450mm equivalent) in case the long lens was too long. I set the ISO on 400 to keep the quality up and give me a short shutter speed.
The weather was just right with clear blue sky, fluffy white clouds, and sunshine. That gave the Red Arrows the chance to do their full display with loops, rolls, and the crowd’s favourite; the heart stopping duos. My, they do fly very close together!
Arrival in arrow formation.
Pulling up in “Big Vixen” formation.
This image is not upside down!
After 20 minutes they had gone; until next year. It was, as usual, a great display, and was free!