Event Photography
Event photography can provide some unique opportunities that otherwise are not available to the aviation photographer, and some unique images can be captured. I have always tried to attend as many events as possible within the limited time I have available to my hobby, it has become my favourite form of photography and one that I feel that suites my photography style and skills well.
Today there are a small number of companies offering specialised events and these can range from a fly-in to a night photo shoot, Timeline Events and Treshold Aero are two of these companies and both offer a wide range of opportunities that are available to all photographers, you can access their websites from my links page. As you can see from the images below I do enjoy the night photo shoots, they provide some interesting photos which with the aid of darkness focus on the subject and with some imaginative lighting some stunning results can be produced.
I hope you enjoy viewing the images below as much I have taking them.​​​​​​​
Historic Helicopters, World Helicopter Day
On the 18th August 2019, Historic Helicopters at the Chard Equestrian Centre held an open day in support of World Helicopter Day. The day was a fairly relaxed event with about 10 helicopters in attendance, including the newly restored Westland Wessex HU.5 and Westland Whirlwind HAR10 which was the main reason I attended the event. The event also attracted some visiting helicopters on static display these included a Westland Scout, Westland Gazelle and also a Westland Sioux. The Wessex and Whirlwind flew briefly which gave some photographic opportunities but these were very limited as neither helicopter displayed to the paying public which did disappoint slightly.
Historic Helicopters was established in 2013 with the aim to preserve, restore to airworthy status and operate a select fleet of vintage military helicopters. The fleet can be seen regularly at air shows across the UK with the Wessex recently debuting at the 2019 RNAS Yeovilton Air Day.
Historic Helicopters currently operate the following helicopters.
Westland Whirlwind HAR10 XJ729 – Air worthy
Westland Wessex HU5 XT761 – Air worthy
Westland Wessex HU5 XT771
Westland Sea King HAR3 XZ597 – Currently being restored to flying status.
Westland Sea King HC4 ZF122
Below is a selection of images of some of the participating helicopters from an interesting few hours, I will certainly be making a return visit when the Sea King restoration is complete to see this magnificent helicopter back in the air again. For more information you can visit their website at https://www.historichelicopters.com 
Westland Wessex HU.5
Westland Wessex HU.5
Westland Whirlwind HAR.10
Westland Wessex HU.5
Westland Scout AH.1
Westland Wasp HAS.1
Westland Whirlwind HAR.10
Westland Wessex HU.5
Westland Wessex HU.5
Westland Whirlwind HAR.10
Timeline Events at Bruntingthorpe with the Buccaneer Aviation Group
Timeline Events Buccaneer night shoot
The latest Timeline event at Bruntingthorpe was not to be missed, featuring my favourite naval military aircraft the mighty Blackburn Buccaneer. There was three examples of this aircraft to shoot not only in the day light hours but also after dark, Timeline Events also mixed things up by adding some special affects and also some re-enactors to give that period feel. The shoots started mid afternoon with a taxi demonstration by two of the Buccaneer's, this included a nice photo opportunity with the wings being folded and spread multiple times, it was great to hear those Rolls Royce Spey engines again . After dark out came the lights and these were positioned to give some varied photo opportunities, re-enactors and smoke machines added to the photos and helped to create some very pleasing and wide varied photographs.
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B
Navy Wings Night Shoot III at RNAS Yeovilton
Navy Wings Night Shoot II at RNAS Yeovilton
TimeLine Events at RAF Odiham with 27sqdn
Navy Wings Night shoot at RNAS Yeovilton
RAF Cosford host Timeline Events for a night with the Big Cats
Images from various events

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