A couple of good Military Tattoos photos I discovered:

Day 202 – Panavia Tornado GR.four
Military Tattoos

Image by Kelmon
So, to the main occasion for which I’d hired the Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-five.6 – the 2013 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, for which a buddy had kindly obtained us tickets. If I am sincere, the performance of the lens (or possibly the camera) was a tad disappointing as it was a pain to lock and keep concentrate, though I understand this to be challenging on objects moving rapidly either towards or away from the camera. Ultimately, I consider I could scratch this lens from the wish list and just accept that a good telephoto lens is going to cost me an arm and a leg in a handful of years time. However, this is not to say that I didn’t get some affordable shots, even given the challenging circumstances all through the day (flat grey sky in the morning and vibrant sunshine in the afternoon). So far I feel this is my favourite shot, taken as the Tornado took off to participate in a fly previous with a Lancaster Bomber later in the afternoon.

While the benefits weren’t all that I had hoped for, the day itself was great. I swear that there is absolutely nothing cooler than fast jets undertaking insane manoeuvres at bonkers speeds at low altitude. The noise was wonderful. That said, what was even a lot more wonderful was the kid sat in a chair beside exactly where I was standing who was not only not interested in what was going on but in fact fell asleep! PlayStation has a lot to answer for…

Great day, despite the fact that not so significantly for the French since a couple of their jets broke down in the course of displays, which have to have been a touch embarrassing.

Scotland ~ Edinburgh
Military Tattoos

Image by e r j k p r u n c z y k
1980’s vintage postcard from Edinburgh, Scotland. The Annual Military Tattoo. Original card by Whiteholme Publishers, Dundee, Scotland.