An impressive display from the Red Arrows

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I’ve always had a fondness for the Red Arrows. I think it stems from when I moved schools as a young boy. My new teacher informed me I may see them fly past ocassionally as the team was, at that time, based at RAF Fairford, just a few miles from my school.

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One of the Red Arrows during a display at Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this week.

I took the above picture on Friday when I was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (more on the blog next week about the Festival). I fired off a number of shots while the Red Arrows put on an impressive display.

Getting a decent image proved very challenging because of the speed the aircraft move. When I pressed the shutter release, this particular aircraft was in the top right hand corner of the viewfinder. As you can see, it moved a long way in a short space of time!

When I reviewed the pictures I had taken, I was quite taken by this one. While it wasn’t the image I had in mind, I like the position of the aircraft and the fact the red smoke trails behind it. I think the blue and the white smoke add some further colour to a very dull sky.

I’d be curious to know if you have ever taken a picture of the Red Arrows? If not, what is the fastest moving object you have successfully managed to snap?

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23 thoughts on “An impressive display from the Red Arrows”

  1. Great shot, I like how you’ve cropped it. I have a soft spot for them too. I was very lucky to have them fly right by our flat, while I was sat on the balcony with the camera, as they were coming to land at Norwich Airport. Amazing sight. #MySundayPhoto

  2. Hi John, it may not have been the shot you had in mind, but it’s still a good one! I’m imagining you lying flat on your back on the floor getting this shot. As for the fastest thing I’ve successfully photographed? MmmMMmmmm, that was probably a snail in motion, although I am hoping to top that with a photograph of that bloomin’ bumblebee!


  3. Paul @ Topsy Turvy Tribe

    What a great shot. Love the ble pic the sky peeping through to compliment the colour off the plane and the red smoke. We had the red arrows fly right over our heads in Polzeath, hard to photograph but amazing to see!

  4. Cal at Family Makes

    I can imagine they are quite tricky to capture. You’ve done a great job here. #MySundayPhoto

  5. I’ve only seen the Red Arrows as a child I think – certainly not when I had a camera to hand. I’d be lazy and burst shot probably! But definitely key to get in the coloured trails

    1. The colour trails add to the shot don’t they?? Can’t remember if I did this in burst mode or not. I’m going to say not because the focus is a little too good for burst.

  6. I love watching the Red Arrows fly about but I’ve never managed to capture one. This is a really impressive shot. It’s definitely harder than it looks!

    1. it is much hardr than it looks. A bit like snapping butterflies. Only thing is you expect the Red Arrows to be fast, butterflies you think will be slow (see the previous week’s #MySundayPhoto and you’ll get the reference to butterflies!)

  7. Wow you did well to capture this. I remember when the red arrows flew over our house to refuel in Aberdeen airport. By the time I’d ran into the house for my camera they we’re just on the horizon. It was a case of that was a brilliant shot…that I missed :/
    I’ll be ready for them next time thought ;D
    Have a great weekend

    1. Thanks Helena. I didn’t really notice the colours until I had the image displayed on my monitor but I think it works well.

  8. Anthony - Dada & Monkey

    You nailed it! You’re absolutely right, the positioning of the aircraft was spot on, great photograph. #MySUndayPhoto

  9. Nice shot! My cousin was invited to join the Red Arrows many years ago. He didn’t take it up though. We’re looking forward to the Biggin Hill Airshow in August!

    1. My word, what an opportunity to turn down! May have to look at Biggin Hill, the eldest is quite a fan of the Red Arrows.

  10. Do you know that I’ve never seen a Red Arrow display. Seen lots of pictures and clips on tv but never in person. Am exceedingly jealous. Great picture this week! See you on tomorrows. #mysundayphoto

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