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RAF Leuchars Airshow 2011 – A Photo Feature Series (Part 2)

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

In our previous post on the RAF Leuchars Airshow 2011 we showcased the aerobatics team of the French Air Force, the Patrouille de France.

Following on from there we thought it only apt that, in this the second part of the series, we showcase the aerobatics team of the Royal Air Force.

Hope these images help bring to life the spectacle that is The Red Arrows.

There was a palpable sense of poignancy as they performed on the day and these images are our tribute to the pilots, past and present, of the Red Arrows. Gallop over to our story, The Reds, as featured on the DSLRBLOG to read more…

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Sarang – AERO India 2011

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I happened to be in Bangalore (India) around the time when AERO India, a biennial air show and aviation exhibition, was held at the Yelahanka Air Force Station. The air show offered a great opportunity to see the might of the fighter jets on the one hand and the grace of the aerobatics teams on the other. One such aerobatics team that performed at AERO India 2011 was the Sarang.

Sarang, which means Peacock (hence the peacock design on the sides of the chopper), is the helicopter formation display team of the Indian Air Force. Formed in 2003, the team flies four Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv helicopters. The Dhruv is a utility helicopter that meets both military and civil operator requirements. The military variant performs the roles of transport, utility, reconnaissance and MedEvac. The name Sarang is symbolic in itself as the peacock is the national bird of India.

This was the first time I had witnessed a helicopter formation display team in action and I must admit I was pretty amazed at some of the maneuvers. As you view the images below, I hope you will be amazed too 🙂

 

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Digital SLR Magazine

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Just wanted to share a bit of news that is literally ‘Hot off the Press’!!!

One of our images (below) has just been showcased in the October 2011 issue of the Digital SLR Magazine in the UK.

The magazine hit the stands on the 21st of this month. So if you’d like to own a copy of the same, why not head down to your local newsagent and pick one up 🙂

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

PS: Coming soon to our blog: Part Two of the Photo Feature Series – RAF Leuchars Airshow 2011

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RAF Leuchars Airshow 2011 – A Photo Feature Series (Part 1)

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From the Royal Engineers launching balloons in the Tentsmuir Forest in 1911 to Typhoons operating from RAF Leuchars in 2011, North East Fife has played a crucial role in ensuring the integrity of UK’s airspace. Hence it was apt that this year’s airshow at RAF Leuchars be a centenary celebration marking 100 years of military aviation in North East Fife.

Starting with this entry, I will be running a Photo Feature series showcasing the various planes that formed part of the flying display at RAF Leuchars this year.

So let’s start the show by filling the grey Fife skies with the patriotic colours of France. I present to you one of the oldest aerobatic demonstration teams in the world. Sit back and enjoy the Patrouille Acrobatique de France (also known as Patrouille de France), the precision aerobatic demonstration team of the French Air Force, perform their visual magic right before your eyes.

And trust me, you really want to click the link below to see all the images in this set:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Events/RAF-Leuchars-Airshow-11-Part-1/19053906_GSQfxp#1481828859_V7Vgn6C

Hope you can join us next time when we will turn our focus to the aerobatic team of the Royal Air Force – the Red Arrows.

Till then, take care and gallop free.

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Jungle City

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August has been a really hectic month both for myself as well as the City of Edinburgh. The city has played host to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 – a month-long spectacle that sees close to 21,000 performers presenting 41,689 performances of a record-breaking 2,542 shows at 258 venues – and I have been kept busy photographing bits and pieces of the Festival.

Edinburgh might well have been the Festival City in August but now with the festival drawing to a close, the city is getting ready to acquaint itself with its wild side and be transformed into a Jungle City. 130 life-size animal sculptures of the planet’s most endangered species – Asian Elephants, Tigers, Orangutans, Crocodiles and Hornbills – have been unleashed in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. From the 6th of September these animals will hit the capital’s streets.

Jungle City, set to be Edinburgh’s biggest outdoor art event on record, has received the backing of a large number of donors and supporters. Many large corporates have also sponsored the event and by doing so they’ve played a part in a major conservation project – one example is the image below that shows a tiger sponsored by the Scottish Football Club, Rangers.

A Fundraising initiative by the charity Elephant Family, the sculptures will be sold via auction (online or live – details can be found on their website) in a bid to raise £1 million for the survival of endangered species.

So if you live in Edinburgh or just happen to be here, head over to the Botanics and see these beautiful creatures for yourselves. They are on display at the Botanics till Sunday 4th September. And after that, look out for them on the streets of Edinburgh where they will be on display till the end of the month.

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Second International Conference on Compassionate Care

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I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of photographing quite a few events lately and one of them has been the Second International Conference on Compassionate Care.

The two-day conference held in June 2011 focused on leadership and development of compassionate care practice, education and research. It was organised jointly by NHS Lothian and Edinburgh Napier University.

Kindly click the link below to see a snapshot of the images taken over the two days:

Conference Image Gallery

If you or anyone you know is organizing an event in the Edinburgh / Scotland area and would like it to be photographed, feel free to email me at blackstallionphotography@igallopfree.com.

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Red Arrows over Leith Harbour

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The third annual Armed Forces Day celebrations were held on the 25th of June, 2011 in the capital city of Scotland.

To mark this event, the Red Arrows (the aerobatics team of the Royal Air Force) blazed into Edinburgh and filled the dull grey evening sky with hues of red, white and blue.

After a hiatus of 23 years, the residents of Edinburgh were treated to a 25 minute aerial display over Leith Harbour and the Firth of Forth. The display was visible from various vantage points – one of them being Calton Hill from where these images were taken.

To view all the images in this set, kindly click the link below:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Events/Red-Arrows-Leith-Harbour/17880756_csfr5T#P-1-10

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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