Yesterday afternoon the sun came out and I had a strong urge to get out and make the most of the blue skies and fluffy clouds. So I walked over to Manchester Airport to try and get some photographs of planes taking off and landing. I saw two things at the airport that I had never seen land at Manchester before, one was a very small Cessna plane and one was the helicopter in the photograph above. As much as I love flying and have a keen interest in one day getting my pilots license, helicopters have always seemed very unnatural. Still I like the way I captured this aircraft flying over the runway with the terminal two buildings in the background. The reason why the propellers on the helicopter seem almost stopped is the fast shutter speed of the camera. I could blur them more in Photoshop. but I think I prefer them this way.
I think this is the first photograph on my blog that was taken using 35mm traditional film. I stopped using film in about 1998, not so much because I moved straight to digital but that’s another story. This photograph was taken some time between 1995 and 1998. I would have been at a car show, probably Tatton Park with my dad. He takes some amazing photographs of motorbike engines, and I think this style of photograph does have a certain style or quality about it that is appealing . The Fat Boy Harley Davidson bikes were first introduced in 1990. I have no details about the age of this model, but to me (I don’t know anything about motorbikes) it looks like there is two fuel tanks. Maybe reader Mark (my biker friend) could comment on this. It’s just a shame a missed out the logo of the bike in the top left.
Nice sunsets don’t happen everyday, certainly not in Manchester. I love taking pictures of sunsets and living near the Manchester International Airport (at the time) I saw a lot of planes. This photograph was taken back in December 2005 on the same day I stopped to take an even better picture (in my opinion) of a plane landing directly into the sunset. I was travelling from Cheadle to back home in Hale, via the airport. This photograph above was taken out of the moving car window, travelling at about 30 mph. It was a total grab shot so I was amazed to see the plane perfectly lined up with the fence. There was nothing I could do to avoid the fence and the blurring of this part of the picture just adds to
the fact that I was moving whilst taking it. For those interested I was travelling along Ringway Road from Heald Green / Styal Road up towards the Terminal One roundabout. Still, I prefer the original photograph I posted on the day.
The second picture from last September’s Southport Airshow and this one also features the red arrows. This was a lot trickier to capture, they were flying toward each other at great speed and to get both jets facing each other on a single photograph is difficult with any camera. But with a basic compact with a 3x zoom lens I feel I did pretty well. Yes, it is blurred and the sky wasn’t great but at least it isn’t a Photoshop style collage. Not the best photo of the Red Arrows but the best I could do with the equipment at the time