Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Seagull In Flight

This photo of a young seagull is my first successful photo of a bird in flight. It was taken at Aldeburgh in Suffolk in October 2011.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

RAF Tornado GR4

Another image from RIAT 2013. This is an RAF Tornado GR4 of No. 617 "Dambusters" Squadron. It has been painted with special tail art that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, which took place during the Second World War. In this daring low-level night raid, Lancaster bombers of No. 617 Squadron equipped with Barnes Wallis' "bouncing bomb" attacked dams in the Ruhr valley region of Germany. The special bomb was designed to bounce over the surface of the water in the reservoir of each damn avoiding torpedo nets, before hitting the dam, sinking and exploding at a certain depth. The aim of the raid was to damage the dams and disrupt the industries located in the valleys below.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

St Martin-in-the-Fields

SUPS took part in the National University Photographic Society (NUPS) London Photo Hunt in November 2012, where we were given the task of photographing 25 things around London. Whilst walking through a damp Trafalgar Square looking for the next subject on the list, I noticed the reflection of St Martin-in-the-Fields church on the floor and took the image seen here.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

GWR 2800 Class Steam Locomotive

The Great Western Railway (GWR) 2800 Class 2-8-0 steam locomotive was designed by G. J. Churchward for heavy freight work. The prototype was built in 1903, and the class entered production in 1905. Locomotives of this class were the first in Great Britain to have a 2-8-0 wheel arrangement. This particular locomotive, No. 2807, was completed in October 1905 at Swindon as part of the first production batch of the class. She was withdrawn from service in March 1963, and was rescued from a scrapyard in June 1981 and restored. She is seen here on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway at Winchcombe station in September 2012.