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Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights August 2021 (Friday images added)


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Whilst on a staycation in East Anglia, we took a trip to the "Essex Sunshine Coast" for this year's non-airshow, dubbed "Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights" by Tendring District Council.

 

The weather was "interesting" and the high tide was crashing ferociously against the sea wall and splashing onto the promenade, me and my camera.

 

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Red 10 arriving at Clacton Airport

 

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The high tide crashing onto the promenade!

 

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Great to see a pair of Strike Eagles doing a fly-past.

 

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Sadly, still no Lanc.

 

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Water droplets from a breaking wave!

 

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Thanks for looking.

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Some great shots in rather challenging conditions!  Good to see the 48th supporting various events this year.

 

Mark

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9 minutes ago, canberraman said:

Some great shots in rather challenging conditions!  Good to see the 48th supporting various events this year.

 

Mark

Thanks Mark. Yes, Strike Eagles did two passes at one of the Duxford Flying Days and a Stratotanker did a couple of passes at the Flying Day last week. Nice to see the burners today, though.

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Nice photos despite the conditions.  Shocked to see all of the windmills off shore- shows how long since I was at Clacton.  I like your shot of the waves hitting the promenade- what were your camera settings??

Colin

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9 hours ago, ColinChipmunkfan said:

Nice photos despite the conditions.  Shocked to see all of the windmills off shore- shows how long since I was at Clacton.  I like your shot of the waves hitting the promenade- what were your camera settings??

Colin

Hi Chris.  Thanks for the kind words. The wave breaking shot was taken on my phone on the 16mm lens at 1/250 at f22. 

 

The flying images were taken on my Nikon full-frame with Nikkor 80-400mm VR lens. The jets in shutter priority at 1/500, the BBMF at 1/250 and the helicopter at 1/125.

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  • Alpha Delta 210 changed the title to Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights August 2021 (Friday images added)

We decided to return to Clacton today because the weather was better. No Strike Eagles today, so the only participants were the Red Arrows and the BBMF.

 

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Sorry that they are so similar to yesterday's!

 

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Brilliant photos, AD210!

Not unexpected, of course.  But pinsharp despite the weather when you took them.

I daren't think how long it is since I visited Clacton ... but the seascape is sooo different with all those turbines!

Thanks for sharing ... do ytou use a tripos or monopod when using your DSLR and 80-400mm zoom lens?   I've similar kit and fail to achieve the sharp focus you manage!

Jonny

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8 hours ago, Jonny said:

Brilliant photos, AD210!

Not unexpected, of course.  But pinsharp despite the weather when you took them.

I daren't think how long it is since I visited Clacton ... but the seascape is sooo different with all those turbines!

Thanks for sharing ... do ytou use a tripos or monopod when using your DSLR and 80-400mm zoom lens?   I've similar kit and fail to achieve the sharp focus you manage!

Jonny

Thanks very much Jonny, I'm glad that you enjoyed the pictures. 

 

I was chatting to a lady on Thursday who said that she had never seen waves breaking with such ferocity in the 80 years that she had lived in Clacton! She was not a great fan of the Gunfleet Sands Wind Farm which became fully operational in March 2010 and was formally opened on 15 June 2010.

 

I always hand-hold my cameras at air shows. I stand with feet shoulder-width apart, dig my elbows into my sides, hold my breath and swing from the waist, panning as smoothly as possible. I hope that helps.

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Nice images! I was at Biggin Hill on Friday on one of the hangar tours of the Heritage Hangar.Saw the BBMF pair depart and possibly heading for Clacton. Managed to see all that was there and take some pics but not allowed to post them on any social media etc. Might be OK to post the outside shots of the Spits and 2 seat Hurricane.

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Thanks Paul. It was a bit "flat" compared to previous years without a commentary etc, but still good to get out and about with a feeling of normality. 

 

I took a flight in the two-seat Hurricane at Biggin Hill last September and although the Heritage Hangar was closed for tours due to Covid, I took some pictures through the open hangar doors. My escort was quite relaxed until I pointed my camera at the '109 which he asked me not to photograph. I thought this a strange request when that aircraft had featured in several TV programmes about the Heritage Hangar!

12 minutes ago, Paul J said:

Nice images! I was at Biggin Hill on Friday on one of the hangar tours of the Heritage Hangar.Saw the BBMF pair depart and possibly heading for Clacton. Managed to see all that was there and take some pics but not allowed to post them on any social media etc. Might be OK to post the outside shots of the Spits and 2 seat Hurricane.

 

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Nothing like a nice bracing day by the seaside! Pretty inconsiderate of those birds to get in the way of your shots. Have you got the salt off the camera and lens yet? 

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5 hours ago, Latinbear said:

Nothing like a nice bracing day by the seaside! Pretty inconsiderate of those birds to get in the way of your shots. Have you got the salt off the camera and lens yet? 

My ornithologist Mother was with us and she wanted some feathered flyers in some of the pictures!!

 

I was a bit concerned for the camera on Thursday, because I did get splashed in my relentless pursuit, but all seems well.

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HELLO Alpha Delta 210

SOME really SUPERB  photos.

:wow:  :wub:

Your photography  just gets better each time I see your work.

Even the Birds(were they Hawks or Eagles) captured flying look AMAZING. 

:yahoo:

its very kind of you to make the effort to  post your work and share them with those of us less fortunate to see the air shows.

 

Really appreciate  the beauty of your photos. 

 

:clap2:   :clap:

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Beautiful photos. I especially like the Red Arrows shots. I got to see them once while stationed in Germany. They're outstanding!

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2 hours ago, HOUSTON said:

HELLO Alpha Delta 210

SOME really SUPERB  photos.

:wow:  :wub:

Your photography  just gets better each time I see your work.

Even the Birds(were they Hawks or Eagles) captured flying look AMAZING. 

:yahoo:

its very kind of you to make the effort to  post your work and share them with those of us less fortunate to see the air shows.

 

Really appreciate  the beauty of your photos. 

 

:clap2:   :clap:

Hey Houston,  I hope you're keeping well? Thank you very much for your generous comments! I'm really pleased that I can share my pictures with such an appreciative audience!

 

44 minutes ago, SAT69 said:

Beautiful photos. I especially like the Red Arrows shots. I got to see them once while stationed in Germany. They're outstanding!

Thanks very much,  SAT69. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the pictures. The European display teams put on a very different show to the US demonstration squadrons, don't they?

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1 hour ago, Alpha Delta 210 said:

The European display teams put on a very different show to the US demonstration squadrons, don't they?

Yes they do. Larger formations, "ear friendly" airplanes, and total professionalism in all that they do. The American teams are great, don't get me wrong about that, but once you've seen one of the British, French or Italian teams there's no denying they're in a class by themselves.

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Hello AD210.

 

Thank you.

I have been keeping well and done a lot of travelling just before the VERY FIRST  Lockdown came into effect... travelled to see MY family in Fiji, Mauritius,  Reunion Island and Seychelles..and then when it was safe to come home and had  proof of negative tests; and no quarantine to do, I came back to UK.

Stayed with family and it was great.

 

Hope you are safe and well too 

HOUSTON. 

 

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14 hours ago, SAT69 said:

Yes they do. Larger formations, "ear friendly" airplanes, and total professionalism in all that they do. The American teams are great, don't get me wrong about that, but once you've seen one of the British, French or Italian teams there's no denying they're in a class by themselves.

I agree with you. I love the slick showmanship of the US teams that extends to the start up and shut down in front of the crowd, whereas the European teams are often hidden on the operational side of the airfield far away from the public.

 

Being British on a British forum, I will probably be lynched for what I am about to say! My favourite team is il Frecce Tricolori.

12 hours ago, HOUSTON said:

Hello AD210.

 

Thank you.

I have been keeping well and done a lot of travelling just before the VERY FIRST  Lockdown came into effect... travelled to see MY family in Fiji, Mauritius,  Reunion Island and Seychelles..and then when it was safe to come home and had  proof of negative tests; and no quarantine to do, I came back to UK.

Stayed with family and it was great.

 

Hope you are safe and well too 

HOUSTON. 

 

:thumbsup:

I'm pleased to hear that all's well in your world and you have been able to see family during these difficult times.

 

I'm well, thanks and have been trying to visit as many aviation events as possible to try and return to a feeling of normality!

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