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Final flight

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 12 October 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

The Great North Run is the world's largest half marathon and on Sunday 20th. September the 21st running of the event saw 54000 entrants completing the 13.5 mile course from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the finish line in South Shields. Race organiser Brendan Foster, a former Olympian, thought that the 2009 Great North Run was the best ever.
This series attempts to tell a few short pictorial stories of the race, the organisation, the runners, and the spectators, on a day blessed with clear blue skies and warm weather.

The RAF Red Arrows display team rounded off the hugely successful event, and I hope you have enjoyed this series too.

Pentax K100D, 350mm lens, 1/1000 second, f6.7, iso 200

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Trying out your paning, very good shot

12 Oct 2009 5:34am

Dubus Michel from CHARLEROI, Belgium

Trés bonne photo ,bravo

12 Oct 2009 6:59am

ghetu from Mainly Mumbai, India

this is the stuff i used to dream in my childhood. an arrow of planes, me piloting one of them. bravo.

12 Oct 2009 7:48am

Mistral from Kembs, France

I can feel the speed ! The coulors are brilliant. Have a nice day.

12 Oct 2009 8:04am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Nice composition, with great colors.

12 Oct 2009 8:05am

k@ from Paris, France

Love the sensation of speed here*
Great colors & of course compo ~ 

12 Oct 2009 8:06am

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Wow, so sharp! great colors!

12 Oct 2009 10:14am

mekYuh from KeyL, Malaysia


12 Oct 2009 12:45pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great shot Curly!

12 Oct 2009 12:57pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

wow . stunning and clear!!!

12 Oct 2009 1:28pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture with such clarity! Love the formation and angle.

12 Oct 2009 1:41pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

WOW--Great focus!

12 Oct 2009 1:42pm

kaveh Sadeghi-Azad from TEHRAN, Iran


12 Oct 2009 2:15pm

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

This is a great photo. Sharp and well composed! The Blue Angels were in San Francisco this weekend, and I learned first hand just how hard it is to get shots like this. Nice job!

12 Oct 2009 2:54pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Very well framed.

12 Oct 2009 2:58pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

oh, so they are part of the marathon? that's not fair! ha ha kidding

wonderful display of contrasting colors!

12 Oct 2009 3:26pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

SUPERB shot Curly - a fitting end to a great series

12 Oct 2009 3:37pm

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

Fabulous shot displaying those flying colours! Congrats.

12 Oct 2009 5:03pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Great shot !!
It's a impressive visual and I love this capture ! :-)
Well done !

12 Oct 2009 5:10pm

JOAN from MATARO, Spain

Thank you for your comment. That photography is also spectacular.

12 Oct 2009 5:15pm

Butterfly Carrie from Bristol, United Kingdom

Amazing shot! Well captured!

12 Oct 2009 5:52pm

Serena11 from Burnaby, Canada

very nice! any tips on how to take shots of moving objects? im kinda bad in tht =(

12 Oct 2009 6:08pm

@Serena11: If you use an SLR, shoot at a wide open aperture, use aperture priority, or use shutter priority set to a fast speed of around at least 1/500 second. If you don't use an SLR look to see if your camera has a sports/action programme setting. If the action passes a predictable spot on the ground, or a building near the skyline, then focus on that point and wait for the action to come into view before releasing the shutter right on time. Hope that all helps.

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Stunning! I love air shows. Great colours and focus. Very well captured.

12 Oct 2009 6:15pm

oana from alba iulia, Romania

Wau! Great foto!!

12 Oct 2009 6:16pm

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

Great climax to your series - this is a stunning shot even if you did have the right lens for the job! Outstanding quality.

12 Oct 2009 6:19pm

Philip from Cowbridge, United Kingdom

Great shot - I've enjoyed the series.

12 Oct 2009 6:40pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

This is a such an awesome shot and capture. Absolutely stunning! 5 stars! : )

12 Oct 2009 7:37pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Stunning, I like the diagonal lines in this very pleasing shot

12 Oct 2009 7:37pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

très jolie scène, bien composée, avec cette diagonale.

12 Oct 2009 8:11pm

Sussi from Landskrona, Sweden

Perfectly captured, love the colors and the wonderful composition, clarity of fine details, very power full!

12 Oct 2009 8:22pm


grate shot.

12 Oct 2009 8:58pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Cool capture.

12 Oct 2009 9:25pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Strong sense of movement!!! Cooool!!!

12 Oct 2009 9:29pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Your models have excellent poise and shape...and boy, what a capture!

12 Oct 2009 9:33pm

Amir from Bandar abbas, Iran

everything is great !

12 Oct 2009 10:00pm

alex centrella from California, United States

perfecto !

12 Oct 2009 10:23pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Magnificent! Wonderful contrast of the planes against the dark blue sky!!! Amazing capture!!!

13 Oct 2009 12:42am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Love the crisp action you have captured, Curly.

13 Oct 2009 2:46am

Ajay from Pune, India

Superb shot of superb action!!! Love it.

13 Oct 2009 3:50am

mascha from kootstertille, Netherlands

A great composition and colours!!
Well done Curly!! Bye Mascha

13 Oct 2009 10:05am

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

I like it a lot. Good shot

13 Oct 2009 4:17pm

mohammad_hosein from Tehran, Iran

fantastic moment !
cool shot !

13 Oct 2009 8:14pm

amir from tehran, Iran

nice job !!!! 5 star !!!!

13 Oct 2009 10:19pm

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

the red arrows :)

14 Oct 2009 5:34am

DLee from Fanling, Hong Kong

That's great shot!

15 Oct 2009 12:59pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

a powerful composition! excellent detail!

16 Oct 2009 2:14pm

Mike observing from Shell village, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot...!!! 5 stars.

17 Oct 2009 6:52pm

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

This is wonderful! Perfectly composed, tack sharp. Way to go! I tried to photograph the Blue Angels in San Francisco at last weekend's Fleet Week air show. I know how HARD it is to get a great shot like this! Kudos!

18 Oct 2009 6:48pm

Bill Laing from Corvallis, OR, United States

I can hear the engines roar.

20 Oct 2009 12:56am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Beautiful shot...superb colors..nice clarity

21 Oct 2009 1:11pm

studio17a from California, United States

Great shot, great looking planes.

26 Oct 2010 11:01pm