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Duxford Airshow - the planes by Laura Daly

Wow, it's been a long time since my last post.  This slowly dawned on me whilst processing some film yesterday (post coming soon), the realization I had a ton of (I think) cool images of the planes flying at the airshow I visited a couple of months ago, which I blogged about in a couple of posts. As always at Duxford there was an amazing diverse range of aircraft flying.  Luckily, the cloud cover wasn't too thick so most could put on a full display.  I have picked out some of my favourites for you below.  Of course, there were many other photographers at the show, both professional and amateur alike.  Some were wielding enormous set-ups of big glass, top of the line bodies and monopods...I personally wouldn't be able to tolerate that on my small frame (I am actually in the middle of transitioning to a mirrorless set-up, more on this soon).

Anyway, here are the images, and I will leave it there.  I have some exciting posts coming up including my first attempts at shooting and home developing colour film, and an impending trip to Paris.  Hope to see you back soon!

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Duxford Walkabout Part 2 by Laura Daly

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Part 2 of the footage we captured at the Duxford American Air Show last weekend.  This video is for the aircraft lovers out there, with footage of the displays and some of the images I took that day as well.

I am still learning the basics of video editing (I only just got my GoPro) but I'm hoping it adds another perspective to my approach!  Again, this is more for my enjoyment and learning, but I hope you enjoy.

A full write-up of our visit (along with lots of images) is coming soon...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1x2Lv8LgXA

American Cemetery, Madingley by Laura Daly

Just to the west of Cambridge lies something you might not necessarily expect - an American WW2 cemetery. During the second world war, the University of Cambridge donated some land to the United States in order to establish a (then) temporary cemetery for their servicemen and women killed in action in the European and African theatres. Many of those buried there are from bomber squadrons, which often launched missions from bases in the UK. This is the only cemetery of its type in the whole country, and is a beautiful monument to those people who gave their lives for our freedom. Madingley-4312

It sometimes feels like a bit of a moral dilemma, to shoot or not to shoot in a place where people lie just below your feet. However, if done tastefully (which I think is the key here) there is a lot of beauty to be found in a place like this. Architectural interests, leading lines, lovely symmetry, little details telling a story; these can all be found here.

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The American Cemetery in Madingley has a Memorial building near the entrance, with some lovely reflecting pools.

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Above all else, this is a lovely, peaceful place to have a walk around, with some pleasing symmetries and neat rows of headstones. From a photographer's point of view, if the weather is slightly moody, it only makes the stark white crosses stand out even more.

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