Vampire by graemestevens

Vampire

I would absolutely love to be able to say that I just happened to catch this as it flew by. It is a real De Havilland Vampire, the clouds are real and it is not a composite shot however it is just a static display outside the Ohakea Air Base and Museum...I've simply cloned out the "stand" that it's on.
I would have loved to have the plane further up in the frame of the shot but alas, even with standing on the car I couldn't get it any higher as some inconsiderate sod had decided to put a whacking great security fence in the way.
Deepest of deep sighs.
Many of you will no doubt be thinking "wait...New Zealand has an air force?" Yes, yes we do - in fact at last count we had two kites and a sling shot.
It's awesome! FAV.
May 20th, 2016  
How about I send my kids over to help you build a trebuchet? This is an impressive shot... Do you have PS? You could recreate some sky below the plane pretty easily I think... ;p. I totally love the title, btw!
May 20th, 2016  
Very sad that the security fence stopped you. The incarceration photo would make for a lovely selfie, fav cause I pushed the button inadvertently
May 20th, 2016  
It is still a fantastic image. It is also very annoying when they put up obstacles like security fences that ruin our fun.
May 20th, 2016  
Fascinating! I love the kiwi on the side! Ha ha ha! :)
May 20th, 2016  
Excellent look to photo in the sky! Graeme, try making a copy and flipping the copy 180, and then blend/clone/content aware fill the merging of the two and just crop to fit without two planes. You'll probably get a nice looking sky below the Vampire. Just a thought! Cool looking just as-is!
May 20th, 2016  
@mikegifford Thanks very much - I'm not in possession of Photoshop so I've elected to just look at the bottom portion of the shot ;)
@juliedduncan Thanks very much - who knew that Kiwi could actually fly? ;)
@karlow75 Thanks very much - I may have to go back with some bolt cutters ;)
@kevin365 I hate it when I inadvertently hit the fav button. It has been known to ruin an entire week...
@northy I don't have Photoshop (which is why my fire shots are so much fun)...as for the trebuchet, yes please.
@kwind Thank you very much :)
May 20th, 2016  
Graeme, very nicely done. fav
May 20th, 2016  
You had me fooled. :)
May 20th, 2016  
You have forgotten our magpie airforce in your calculations! Good to get above that fence!
May 20th, 2016  
@graemestevens Those fire shots, without the use of Photoshop must be fun indeed. I suspect you must have an almost pathological degree of determination to pull them off...either that or you're just a lot smarter than I.
May 20th, 2016  
@gamelee Thank you very much :)
@swillinbillyflynn I almost fooled myself ;)
@maggiemae true, how remiss of me. And I only got above that fence by standing on the car...ooops
@gardencat The out takes are hilarious and fraught with danger.
May 20th, 2016  
Zoom! What a delightful view... very authentic. I admire the authenticity of it. Fierce, too, you Kiwis! ;)
May 20th, 2016  
"two kites and a sling shot" LOL!!! Really awesome shot and this is a very cool aircraft... Like Julie I just adore that kiwi on the side!
May 20th, 2016  
Easy to extend the canvas in PS Graeme, just google for instructions. In terms of regional defence we can add a couple of row-boats and a pop-gun or two. Oh, and our problem-prone Collins-class subs. You must feel much safer now. BTW as a certified aircraft nut in my earlier days I was very excited to see a Vampire again.
May 20th, 2016  
totally neat-o.
May 20th, 2016  
lol! very good shot
May 20th, 2016  
I just *knew* those tiny plastic toy parachuters had come from your neck of the woods.
May 20th, 2016  
@ltodd I've got millions yet - they're quite cheap
@tracie8266 Thank you very much :)
@blueberry1222 Totally thank-o ;)
@golftragic One problem - I don't have PS. I find working without it makes the flame shots more challenging....and yes, I released my "inner nerd" as well ;)
@kerosene Thank you very much - our air force is something to behold...
@rosiekerr Yeah, we growl at everyone... ;)
May 20th, 2016  
Beautiful! Fav
May 20th, 2016  
hahahaha - the airforce gag and the sigh
it looks really good - well done sir!
May 20th, 2016  
@annied Thank you very much - that was no gag. It's the truth ;)
@markyl Thank you very much :)
May 20th, 2016  
haha, two kites and a sling shot, how funny.
May 20th, 2016  
May 20th, 2016  
Unlike you, I do like the fact that it's low in the frame! It makes it a sneaky plane :-)
May 20th, 2016  
@mastermek When you put it that way I can't possibly disagree
@yaorenliu Someone had to say it ;)
May 20th, 2016  
This took me back 65 years - I remember these flying in groups of three at about 200' above our house... the second jet fighter plane on active service. Now if you can also find a Meteor, I shall probably die of nostalgia.
May 20th, 2016  
Very cool!
May 20th, 2016  
Excellent as always 😊
May 20th, 2016  
Fantastic.
May 20th, 2016  
A friend joined the Irish Navy ( 3 grey tugs) as they seldom left port they used to joke " join the Irish Navy , fall overboard, get stung by nettles" . I was thinking we could declare war on you , we'll bring the drink if ye look after the food..superbly executed shot...
May 20th, 2016  
Very well done! I'm hoping the RAAF are there for you if things go pear-shaped, though (good neighbours as we are :p).
May 20th, 2016  
Fantastic!!!
May 20th, 2016  
Why would anyone want to invade NZ? Nice shot by the way.
May 20th, 2016  
@theboxmanreturns The only possible explanation that I have is that they may want to invade because we have Whittakers chocolate
@vetsky Thanks very much :)
@sketch2 Who's going to argue with 2 kites and slingshot though? ;)
@jack4john That works for me - and thank you very much
@kategoring Thanks very much :)
@paul10 Thank you kindly :)
@domenicododaro Thank you very much :)
@vignouse Finding a meter may be a little bit trickier but I'll see what I can do ;)
May 20th, 2016  
Very nice! You know, you can do an awful lot of damage with a sling shot.
May 20th, 2016  
AH people can be so inconsiderate.
May 20th, 2016  
@joansmor I thought it was the height of rudeness!
@noko411 I guess it depends on the ammo as well ;)
May 20th, 2016  
All that infrastructure that goes along with a human powered air force has its draw backs. This is very well done.
May 21st, 2016  
@joysabin Thanks very much - it does take a lot of effort to get two kites in the air at once you know ;)
May 21st, 2016  
Great FAV
May 21st, 2016  
@hobgoblin Thank you very much :)
May 21st, 2016  
Great EDIT, you fooled me Graeme...Fav
May 21st, 2016  
@tonygig I nearly fooled myself as well ;) And thanks very much
May 21st, 2016  
Awesome capture! like your comp!
May 22nd, 2016  
Two kites and a sling shot should put an end the arms race.,
May 22nd, 2016  
Superb shot, I saw 2 vampires at the Warbirds over Wanaka, and they were impressive. Isn't Ohakea where they are going to celebrate next year? 50 years of airforce?
May 23rd, 2016  
@888rachel Oooh, I hope so - I remember going to several air shows there as a wee lad.
@yrhenwr We're a threatening bunch ;)
@nicoleterheide Thank you very much :)
May 23rd, 2016  
Fantastic shot! Not sure I would have had the patience (or ability) to clone out the stand. Fav.
May 23rd, 2016  
@btwebb Thank you very much - it did take a while but I got there in the end!
May 24th, 2016  
@kerosene I too like the mention of the kites, etc.
May 26th, 2016  
Splendiferous!!! The lighting and contrast here is AMAZING!!
May 29th, 2016  
@tabbycat Thank you very much :)
May 29th, 2016  
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