Bray Air Display Day 2 - Another 100 Shots

July 27, 2016  •  4 Comments

I was very pleased with my shots on the first day of the Bray Air Display - and they generated lots of interest here on my Blog and on social media. Thanks to all who viewed, liked and commented.  With better weather forecast for Day 2, I was keen to give it another go to see if I could better I could do in bright sunshine. And, not surprisingly, many of the shots are crisper and more colourful - although it could be a matter to taste if they are better!

The Day 2 programme was similar to Day 1 but there were a few additional displays, most notably the RAF's Red Arrows.  Both they and the Frecce Tricolori flew closer and did dramatic runs of the town. Apart from the flying, the main drama was a wildfire on Bray that generated a pall of smoke during most of the event. Fortunately, it did not affect the display planes, but there were no parachute displays - perhaps because the helicopter landing field at the bottom of the Head was too close to the smoke. 001-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney001-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney

On Day 2, I decided to shoot from the same spot on the beach in front of the VIP area, with the same lens, the Canon 100-400 MKI - to make it a fair comparison with Day 1. Additionally my spot on the outer edge of the breakwater a little hard to stand on - especially when leaning back to shoot directly overhead - so I didn't want to be encumbered by any additional gear.  Of course this meant that that I couldn't try wide angle or people shots - and there are lots of these on the #brayairdisplay hashtag on Twitter. Next year . . .!

I'll also update my Tips on Shooting the Bray Air Display in the near future. 

Finally, I also compiled my favourite shots from the two days here, where you can view a full screen slide show, buy downloads and order prints.

Finally thanks to all the display teams, the Bray Air Display crew, the the Irish Aviation Authority, the Irish Air Corp, and the sponsores for putting on a great show.

 

The Red Arrows Hawk aircraft. They put on a an extremely intensive display by splitting into two groups. No sooner had display finished than another was coming at us from a different direction. The stars of the event by a short head in front of the Breitling Wingwalkers and Frecce Tricolori. Despite their speed, I was very happy to get a few "crossing" shots.

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Two fine strong Wicklow Civil Defence guys! 027-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney027-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney

A few close ups of the Irish Coastguard Sikorsky - there was no lifeboat display on Day2. Followed by a few against Bray Head. 028-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney028-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney

Caption 1: "Put that phone AWAY!"

Caption 2: "If you drop that phone, we're NOT lowering you down to pick it up!!! 029-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney029-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 030-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney030-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 031-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney031-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 032-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney032-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney

Trig Aerobatic team flying Pitts Specials  033-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney033-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 034-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney034-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 035-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney035-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 036-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney036-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 037-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney037-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 038-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney038-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 039-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney039-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 040-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney040-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 041-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney041-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 042-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney042-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 043-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney043-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 044-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney044-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 045-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney045-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 046-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney046-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 047-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney047-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney

Aer Lingus Airbus A321.

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Breitling Wingwalkers - one of the displays of the event. Amazing to see what those women do out on the wings! 050-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney050-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 051-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney051-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 052-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney052-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 053-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney053-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 054-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney054-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 055-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney055-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 056-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney056-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 057-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney057-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 058-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney058-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 059-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney059-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 060-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney060-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 061-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney061-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 062-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney062-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 063-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney063-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 064-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney064-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 065-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney065-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney

My favourite shot from the event - I'm really happy with the level of detail here.  I was astonished to see the Wingwalkers perform some of their routines out of their harnesses, but if you look closely you can see she is attached by a safety cable - phew! 066-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney066-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 067-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney067-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 068-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney068-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 069-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney069-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 070-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney070-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney

CityJet's Superjet SSJ100  071-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney071-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 072-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney072-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney

Seafire and Spitfire (carrier version) - both privately owned.  

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De Havilland DH84 Dragon "Iolar" - Aer Lingus's first airliner in 1936 - flown by the Irish Historic Flight Foundation With a De Havilland  Chipmunk from the 1940's. 075-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney075-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney

Saab Draken - a Swedish military jet that was operational between the 1950's and the 1990's. It's now operated by Swedish Air Force Historic Flight, along with the SAAB Viggen that flew just beforehand. I'm not sure why, but my shots of the Draken were not as good as the rest of my shots. Yes, both it and the Viggen were further away and very fast but that doesn't explain why I failed to get a crisp focus. Of course, even good stills don't capture the one of the essentials of this military jets - the awesome noise! 076-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney076-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney

Any finally, here is Frecce Tricolori - Italian Airforce aerobatic team. I was impressed by their extremely close formation flying - even closer to my eye than the Red Arrows! And they knew how to get attention with green white and gold smoke trails - followed by Italian tricolor smoke trails to Nessun Dorma by Pavarotti. A fitting finale! 077-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney077-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 078-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney078-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 079-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney079-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 080-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney080-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 081-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney081-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 082-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney082-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 083-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney083-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 084-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney084-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 085-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney085-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 086-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney086-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 087-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney087-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 088-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney088-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 089-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney089-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 090-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney090-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 091-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney091-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 092-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney092-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 093-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney093-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 094-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney094-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 095-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney095-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 096-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney096-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 097-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney097-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 098-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney098-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 099-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney099-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney 100-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney100-Bray-Air-Display2-©-2016-John-Coveney


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John Coveney Photography - People Places & Wildlife
Thanks Thorsten
Thorsten(non-registered)
Very impressive work !!!
John Coveney Photography - People Places & Wildlife
Thanks, Michelle
Michelle Howe(non-registered)
Amazing shots John, wonderfully captured. Well done!!
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