This shot was taken during a mock battle at the 2011 Avalon International Airshow.

The battle involved Australian Troops, 4 x F/A 18 Hornets, and one Black Hawk helicopter.

The black hawk in this shot, had just taken off after picking up ground troops, they turned and faced me, in the background is all the smoke from the battle, and you can see two Hornets after they had just finished a strafing run along the runway.

Canon 1DsMKIII
100-400mm lens @ 400mm
PS4 – Contrast, colour saturation – the rest of the photo is as shot, no cropping.

Please note: before anyone metions it, I was shooting on AV and at 7.1 it was giving me good exposures for the fast jets, i didnt think to change it when I seen the Black Hawk, I had a fast shutter speed, so hence the freezing of the main rotor.


  • Di Jenkins
    Di Jenkinsalmost 4 years ago

    Best ever Pete!! Awesome shot. Certainly looks like more than a mock battle going on! Congrats mate!

  • Hi Di, I was listening to the radio talk between all involved, it would have seemed real to anyone that was listening and not knowing what was going on, they went all out, so glad they did!

    – Peter Redmond

  • AlMiller
    AlMilleralmost 4 years ago

    Great composition Peter love the Hornets in the background. How good were the explosions they shook the office I was sitting in!!!

  • Thanks Al.. the heat was awesome up close, would have melted a cheaper camera I reckon :-)

    – Peter Redmond

  • Jane Keats
    Jane Keatsalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture!!

  • Thank you Jane.

    – Peter Redmond

  • Ian Williams
    Ian Williamsalmost 4 years ago

    very good Peter

  • Thanks Ian, really pleased with this one.

    – Peter Redmond

  • Chris Cardwell
    Chris Cardwellalmost 4 years ago

    Superb capture! So much going on in it!

  • Thank you Chris, you are right, heaps to see in this! ;-)

    – Peter Redmond

  • Andrew Mather
    Andrew Matheralmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture, really gives the atmosphere of battle. Well done !
    (PS: I have just bought the 100 – 400 L, so great to see shots like this coming from that lens)

  • Thanks Andrew, the lens is great, I have that lens for a long time now, well worth it at these events.

    – Peter Redmond

  • Ian Creek
    Ian Creekalmost 4 years ago

    Nice one Peter!

  • Thanks Ian, I am really happy with this, my favorite from the show so far!

    – Peter Redmond

  • Paul Moore
    Paul Moorealmost 4 years ago

    Top shot Peter. you’ve managed to capture some of the dynamics of this show.

  • Thank you Paul.. yes, I feel very happy with this shot.

    – Peter Redmond

  • Mark Weaver
    Mark Weaveralmost 4 years ago

    incredible shot! color me jealous!

  • Thanks Mark, really happy with this shot.

    – Peter Redmond

  • You, jealous of me.. I am of you, I want shuttle shots! :-)

    – Peter Redmond

  • Junee Topouzakis
    Junee Topouzakisalmost 4 years ago

    Now there is an original photo like no other!
    Great capture Peter :P

  • Thanks Junee, it has been very popluar this shot, might have to get a print framed and put on a wall around here :-)

    – Peter Redmond

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