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Lancaster Bomber On Night Raid by John Hooton

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I have converted this image to black and white and darkened it a little in order to create the atmosphere of the period which would have been about 1943. Most of the Lancaster’s raids were carried out at night, and this shot depicts flying under moonlight. This was unwelcomed by the bomber crews as it made them highly visible to enemy night fighters.

Technical Details:

Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: 18-200mm f3.5
Focal Length: 200mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/500 sec at f /11
Post Processing: Photoshop CS3

© 2007 John Hooton Photography

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  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 6 years ago

    Splendid picture of a very sad souvenir.

  • It is sad Gilberte, over 59,000 very young men died on those RAF raids.

    – John Hooton

  • Farmncamera
    Farmncameraover 6 years ago

    John, this is just excellent! The tones, contrasts, even the detail on the aircraft are prefect. I do feel as Jill does……a sad souvenir…..but what a grand work this is! :) xx

  • Sad indeed. This is my salute to their great courage in resolution to duty.

    – John Hooton

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfover 6 years ago

    Superior capture John. You captured the atmosphere of the period very well.

  • Nikki Trexel
    Nikki Trexelover 6 years ago

    awesome work John….looks really genuine like i’m up in the sky with it. beautiful sky too.

  • Thanks Nikki, I actually had my feet firmly on the ground, but you’re right, you could be a deadly night fighter pilot closing for the kill from this often favoured position. You are in the ‘blind spots’ of the bomber gun crews so are no so vulnerable to counter attack.

    – John Hooton

  • John Hooton
    John Hootonover 6 years ago

    Thanks Nikki, the colour version is a popular desktop wallpaper download from my web site.

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 6 years ago

    nicely done

  • Thanks George, very much appreciated.

    – John Hooton

  • clickychick
    clickychickover 6 years ago

    Very dramatic shot. I have a sister who adores old aircraft, particularly the Lancaster. She goes to the memorial flight often. The Lancaster flew low over my house in Scunthorpe last year during a fly-by at a local show and it was just awesome – the sight, the sound, everything. Brought a tear to my eye!

  • Thank you kindly Sarah. I saw this Lancaster again last Sunday at Biggin Hill. It sure brings a lump to the throat. You are obviously girls of impeccable taste who appreciate the finer things in life! :-))

    – John Hooton

  • clickychick
    clickychickover 6 years ago

    Wow, I bet that was spectacular! We both love aircraft – think it must come from my late father who always wanted to be a pilot! I love commercial jetliners, too and was recently in awe at the new airbus A380 when it took its inaugaral flight (though have never seen it live :o( )

  • It sure was! I have a colour version of this shot on my profile and you can also download it as a windows wallpaper by "clicking here ":http://johnhootonphotography.com/3/lg/Lancaster...

    – John Hooton

  • clickychick
    clickychickover 6 years ago

    Thanks, John, I’ll take a look later … just having a quick break from ironing! Urgh.

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 6 years ago

    Superb capture and B&W.

  • Thanks Richard, I think I prefer this B/W version.

    – John Hooton

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