It was a warm afternoon when I returned from a shoot at the coast and while I was cleaning my camera equipment I heared through the open patio doors to my garden the unmistakable roar of Rolls Royce Merlin engines. I looked outside to see three aircraft approaching from the East. I quickly fitted my longest lens to my camera and just had enough time to compose, set a shutter speed of 1/125th second to show movement in the propellers, focus and shoot the Lancaster Bomber, Hurricane and Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) as they flew over my garden at low level. Had the camera and lenses been in my camera bag I would have missed the shot.
My 12-year old son, Thomas loves aircraft and we have had enjoyable times together visiting the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre at RAF Conningsby, on several occasions we have been fortunate to see some of the aircraft flying. I must admit to having a soft spot for these aircraft, not only because they are magnificent machines that represent British engineering, they are also part of our living heritage and are testament to the sacrifice made by others for our liberty that, we and past generations, take for granted.
The sight of these aircraft that,evoke emotions for so many, over my garden was thrilling. Little did I realise at the time that this would be the one of many such experiences as aircraft from the BBMF became almost a routine sight over my garden. The historic visit to Britain by Vera, the only other airworthy Lancaster Bomber in the world has been a truly wonderful occasion and certainty increased the BBMF activity.
Special thanks should be given to the people who brought Vera here all the way from her home in Canada. The planning and organisation to bring this priceless piece of heritage to our back yard was superb. I know I shall never see this again; in all probability my son won’t either. My son and I were lucky and privileged to see Vera and our own special lady.
I decided to convert the colour photograph to a sepia toned black and white photograph to be sympathetic to the era the aircraft represent. Fuji X Pro 1, Fuji X series 55-200 mm OIS zoom lens 1/125th second at F8, ISO 200, handheld.