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Broken hearted Red Arrows

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 24 October 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

This was the shot that I tried to get a couple of years ago, but it never quite worked out, so I'm glad that the RAF Red Arrows decided to "give it a go" in memory of Flt. Lt. Jon Egging who was tragically killed when his Hawk trainer crashed the previous month.

I think this is a suitable tribute to the man, and his widow who took part in the race, and it brings together speed in the sky, fleet of foot on the ground, and the team ethos and spirit which encapsulates much of what the Great North Run is about. It's almost a family thing up here.

I just couldn't get this into the square format of the Polaroid template that I'd made for the others, and in retrospect I'm glad, I'd hate to split that relationship between the Great North Run and the Red Arrows.

This brings this long series to a conclusion and just about wraps up all of the fun and excitement that we've had in South Shields over the spring and summer months. I hope you enjoyed this story and a look at some of the "behind the scenes" views that you didn't find in your morning papers. I hope there was enough variety and a decent mix of colour, black and white, some offbeat, and some humour. Thanks for sticking with me during this long event.

I've now got the difficult job of deciding what to do next, and looking to see if I have anything left that might do for Silly Tuesday.

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PascalXLD from Rennes, France

C'est bien saisi

Bonne journée

24 Oct 2011 5:58am

Marcos Roberto from California, United States

Great Curly my buddy.............. :)
You always surprise me with black and white !!
Perfect shot !! *****

24 Oct 2011 6:10am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

This is beautiful !

24 Oct 2011 6:38am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

poetic Pilot...Great ...5*

24 Oct 2011 6:59am

Z from Shanghai, China

absolutely stunning

24 Oct 2011 7:17am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

One your best. Love it.

24 Oct 2011 7:28am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Great shot Curly, fitting tribute by some incredibly skilled people to one of their own. This has been an interesting series.

24 Oct 2011 8:01am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

The processing is super - great series Curly

24 Oct 2011 8:01am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! best lovely shot

24 Oct 2011 8:05am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great tribute.. wonderful shot.

24 Oct 2011 8:21am

Florence from Paris, France

Oh that's a pure jewel in many ways dear ! Love the high contrasts of your mono, enhancing the clarity of the steam. A wonderful and sweet heart indeed.

24 Oct 2011 8:23am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Magnificent tribute and superb series that really captured a sense of place and community.

24 Oct 2011 8:54am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Incredible image! Thanks to the RAF for offering this beautiful drawing

24 Oct 2011 9:07am

Mats from Sweden

Fabulous shot, very well done! Really like the depth.

24 Oct 2011 9:12am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Well done for getting this one, they were not at Sunderland airshow due to funding

24 Oct 2011 9:23am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

what a perfect photo for the end of this absolutely amazing series Curly.
I enjoyed it a lot and I'm looking forward to your next project.

24 Oct 2011 9:51am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

perhaps my favorite of the series ~ and a fabulous series it has been!

24 Oct 2011 10:39am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Nice, super timing to capture that the way you did

24 Oct 2011 11:14am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Congratulations on a wonderful series Curly! You have saved the best for last! Bravo! ;-)

24 Oct 2011 11:23am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

This is an amazing image......and the idea behind it is very moving.......

24 Oct 2011 11:42am

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Excellent image, Curly and a wonderful tribute to a very brave pilot and his widow. I'm almost sad to see the end of summer in South Shields - you have really brought us there and shared all of the beauty and humor and oh so interesting things that make up the magical place that you live. Thanks for the great summer! I'm looking forward now to winter in South Shields!

24 Oct 2011 11:55am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5***

24 Oct 2011 1:02pm

THeoF from Emden, Germany

an expressive photograph, well done
I agree with your matter of concern

24 Oct 2011 1:41pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful ending to a great series!
Well done Curly!

24 Oct 2011 1:46pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Fantastic image. A tribute to beauty. Good day.

24 Oct 2011 1:56pm

Craig from Anna Maria Beach, Florida, United States

Awesome shot...again...thanks for a great series....

24 Oct 2011 2:10pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Outstanding, both in the execution by the RAF and your capture and rendering.

24 Oct 2011 2:17pm


I would be satisfied if I could reach such a level.

24 Oct 2011 2:44pm

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

Wonderfully captured. I like that you put the spectators in the frame; it helps to tell the story.

24 Oct 2011 2:49pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Great shot

24 Oct 2011 4:41pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

Love is in the air with this original shot, even if it's for a sad commemoration.

24 Oct 2011 5:09pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

They are simply superb those guys, nice touch

24 Oct 2011 5:10pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Great picture ... it sought the idea ... Original Curly... A hug, Adela

24 Oct 2011 5:27pm

Visualaccent from somewhere in the, United States

Great picture and tribute to fallen pilot!

24 Oct 2011 5:44pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

2 fantastic displays of talent on show here, 1) being the R.A.F pilots who create such wonderful sky art. 2) Your ability to capture such a great shot. Awesome Curly.

24 Oct 2011 5:51pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A wonderful display and tribute Curley...Great capture here..you make it look easy ;-)

24 Oct 2011 6:01pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

What a beautiful tribute and photographed beautifully as well. Anyone who sees
this remarkable photo would get that incredible thrill of seeing this on the screen
as I sure did when it appeared. Perfection this time.

24 Oct 2011 6:07pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quel coeur de nuage, fantastique merci tu nous offre ton coeur une merveille

24 Oct 2011 6:22pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Wow ! stunning ! what was amazing ! great shot ! wonderful processing ! Curly.

24 Oct 2011 6:23pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

I can`t believe my eyes! Wait.....where's the arrow's tip? Just kidding. I'm deeply impressed.

24 Oct 2011 6:32pm

Linda from Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom

A really lovely tribute to the pilot of the Red Arrows, excellent treatment :-)

24 Oct 2011 7:07pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Congrats for this amazing b&w picture !!!

24 Oct 2011 7:25pm

Robert from BOUSVAL, Belgium

Great pilots and great shot !

24 Oct 2011 7:38pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Incredible. Fantastic work Curly.

24 Oct 2011 7:44pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

fabulous series and finale Curly!

24 Oct 2011 7:49pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow Curly, This is so beautiful and very touching. What a wonderful loving tribute.

24 Oct 2011 8:04pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Perfectly framed and captured! Your choice of B&W really brings out the contrast in the contrails!

24 Oct 2011 8:34pm

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey dude
man, time is a thief duder...
dude, i had to stop on this one
what an amazing shot
fantastic duderoo
just superb

24 Oct 2011 8:41pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Curly,
It is very admirable and a great tribute for this man. Have a nice time and all the best.
Dear greetings from Christel

24 Oct 2011 9:10pm

franz from Baden, Austria

a very suitable and poignant end to a marvellous series, curly, that i for one enjoyed very much, both for its photographic and its information merits!
i have no doubt you will find equally captivating motives for your future posts, and am looking foward to them ... ;-))

24 Oct 2011 10:02pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderful photo and tribute! Bravo!

24 Oct 2011 10:16pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Amazing stuff Curly! Great capture!

24 Oct 2011 10:45pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Fabulous! Great shot! Bravo!

24 Oct 2011 11:13pm

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States

What a great tribute! Fantastic image!

25 Oct 2011 1:05am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful tribute. Great shot. Love this presentation. One of your best ... Five Stars. :)

25 Oct 2011 3:48am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, this is just fantastic! I love your processing, the hard b/w tones and light and your entire image!

25 Oct 2011 4:42am

STEED from D, France

How did you do this ??????????????????

25 Oct 2011 6:57am

@STEED: I just stood on top of the hill, turned the camera to the vertical and clicked away Steed. Oh.... do you mean the high contrast look? It is a pre-set in Nik Silver Efex to which I add a red filter, nothing more.

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

So romantic!!

25 Oct 2011 6:59am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

What a big heart !

25 Oct 2011 12:38pm

Jac from Alfena, Portugal

wow... this is fabulous!!!! terrific sky!

25 Oct 2011 4:14pm

Maria from California, United States

Absolutely lovely Curly!!!! And your crisp contrasty processing works really, really well, brings out the best in it...I love it! (and this is coming from someone who absolutely does not like contrast... :) )

26 Oct 2011 2:05am

Maria from California, United States

Ah, forgot to say...
I don't know if this was a red heart on a blue sky, but definitely black and white works really well...(again, coming from someone who does not like much black and white images :)) )

26 Oct 2011 2:06am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Fabulous capture and superb in b&w

26 Oct 2011 6:51am

Corneel from Maseru, Lesotho

That's beautiful...

27 Oct 2011 3:18pm

crash from Weehawken, NJ, United States


29 Oct 2011 12:16am

Ani from Bordeaux, France

I ♥ !

7 Nov 2011 5:55am

leyla from linkoping, Sweden

I like it !

15 Nov 2011 10:57pm

1/500 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)