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Red Checkers over Lake Rotorua

Kia Ora Fellow Gallopers,

The Red Checkers is the only aerobatic team of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Using Harvards, the RNZAF first flew display aerobatics in the immediate post-WWII years. In 1967, the Central Flying School (CFS) team was officially called the ‘Red Checkers’, the name being derived from the red and white checkered cowls on the five Harvards that made up this team. After being disbanded in 1973, the team reformed in 1980 but this time flying the CT-4B Airtrainer. The first Airtrainer team comprised four aircraft but this was soon increased to the current team size of five. In 1999, the team moved onto the aircraft that is currently used – the CT-4E Airtrainers. The aircrafts used by the team had a nose painted in a red and white checkered pattern but this has now been reduced to a small checkered stripe. Red Checker pilots are senior flying instructors from the RNZAF Central Flying School and the Pilot Training Squadron situated at RNZAF Base Ohakea.

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On 9th April, 2013, the Red Checkers performed a 15 minute flying display routine over Lake Rotorua as part of their tour of the North Island. The display comprised of the mirror maneuver (seen below) – a maneuver the team is well known for.

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You can see all the images from the 15 minute routine here. Enjoy!!!

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, the world’s largest art festival, concluded in Scotland’s capital city on the 27th of August 2012.

The Festival – which caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, opera, music, exhibitions and events – takes place every August for three weeks. One of the best spots to visit, over the Festival period, is the Royal Mile where hundreds of performers congregate daily to promote their acts as well as to offer sneak previews of their shows.

Showcased below are images captured on the Royal Mile:

A performer from a dance and physical theatre drama called Echo and Narcissus, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, promoting her theatre’s act on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

A performer, on the Royal Mile (Edinburgh, Scotland), getting ready to promote her act: More Light – A lyrical piece that combines art, love, violence, beauty, sacrifice and cannibalism – part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012.

More Light – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

More Light – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Kris & Alix…

Kris & Alix – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Kris & Alix – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Plastic Beach…

7,200 yellow rubber ducks fall into the ocean, spreading like confetti. Inspired by true events, Plastic Beach follows the story of Ebbis, a lonely beachcomber who devotes his life to tracking where these friendly floatees have come to shore.

Plastic Beach – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Soldier…

Soldier follows one young man’s journey from the violent gangs of the ghetto to the discipline and comradeship of the military, and explores the ideas of love, sacrifice and redemption.

Soldier – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Soldier – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eye of a Needle…

IndigoCo return to Fringe 2012 breathing life into one family’s dramatic story. A fascinating, emotional, thought-provoking musical set in a Midlands village whose needle-makers conquered the world. History with a modern twist.

Eye of a Needle – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Not My Cup of Tea…

Flashback to the psychedelic summer of 1970. Roland leads his four friends in the creation of a commune. With no money but lots of free love, the characters in this black comic drama question society’s need to dream.

Not My Cup of Tea – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Not My Cup of Tea – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Hanafuda Denki…

“Hanafuda Denki (A Tale of Playing Cards)” – set in a funeral parlour in the beggars district of Tokyo during World War I, complete with lively singing and colourful kimonos, the question is asked, ‘Are you a winner or loser in this life-and-death game?’

Hanafuda Denki – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Hanafuda Denki – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

In addition to the hundreds of performers promoting their acts on the Royal Mile, one gets to see a number of very talented professional Street Performers (folk who make a living from performing on streets around the world) such as this Contact Juggler from the US…

Contact Juggler – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Contact Juggler – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters…

A tragedy about love, loss and the beauty of youth.

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two…

In a flat made for two, but shared by three, the shower’s not the only one getting a lot of action…

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Don Juan…

Witness the sensual escapades of the infamous womaniser in this darkly comical retelling of a timeless legend.

Don Juan – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Don Juan – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Don Juan – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Spring Awakening – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eurydice…

How do you say goodbye to yourself?

Eurydice – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eurydice – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eurydice – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The road that wasn’t there…

This is a story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world…

The road that wasn’t there – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Nothing Is Really Difficult – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Street Performer – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Anna…

Anna. – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Beth – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Dungeon – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Last Fairytale – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Macbeth…

Macbeth – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Macbeth – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Machinal…

Machinal – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Machinal – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Minotaur – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Oedipus The Hour…

Oedipus The Hour – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Oedipus The Hour – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Rabbit and the Rose – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Romeo & Juliet…

Romeo & Juliet – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

A Servant to Two Masters…

A Servant to Two Masters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

A Servant to Two Masters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Tempest…

The Tempest – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Tempest – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Unknown Act – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Yellow Wallpaper…

The Yellow Wallpaper – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Yellow Wallpaper – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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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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Hello 2012

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Wow!!! February’s already here… Barely have we had time to awaken from the slumber of the holiday season, rub our eyes and start focusing on the year ahead when we find ourselves at the start of the month of Love.

At the outset, we would like to wish you all, albeit a bit late, a very Happy 2012 from Black Stallion Country. Here’s hoping that the Year of the Dragon proves to be one that’s filled with wisdom, prosperity and happiness.

January has been a pretty eventful month and hence we thought we should bring you all up to speed with all that’s happening in Black Stallion Country:

1. Three of our images (A New Day, Lunar Phase and Eurofighter Typhoon – Saltire) were featured as the ‘Photo of the Day’ in the Light and Composition Magazine.

2. Three of our images (as seen below) were published in The Herald* as the ‘Picture of the Day’.

* – The Herald Scotland is a broadsheet newspaper published in Glasgow and available throughout Scotland.

3. We published three projects (Autumn Series 1 and 2 and The Reds) on our online Portfolio.

In addition to this, we officially launched our Corporate Event and Wedding Photography services in Scotland this month. So feel free to drop us a line if you’d like us to photograph an upcoming Corporate Event or Wedding. We must, at this point, add that we are open to taking on other photography assignments and would gladly undertake specially commissioned work as well.

So as you can see, Black Stallion Country has been awash with activity be it at a slow, sleepy pace.

All that’s left for us to say is Thank You – and we truly mean that. To each and every one of you who reads our blog, visits our website,  follows us on Twitter, is a fan of ours on Facebook and regularly visits us online, to you all we bow down in gratitude. If it were not for you, we would not have had and will not continue to have the energy and motivation that keeps us going. We hope to enthrall you with even better images in 2012…

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Red Arrows over Leith Harbour

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

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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