Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017

Avalon International Airshow 2017…

Melbourne Commercial Photographer at the Avalon Airshow 2017

The last time I was able to attend the Avalon International Airshow was in 2003, back when I was still using film. Held every 2 years, the airshow has always seemed to come and go at a time when I have either been working interstate, or laid up in bed sick, as was the case back in 2015. This time however I was determined to attend, and so packed my Canon 5D Mk III along with my 70-200 f2.8L II IS USM lens together with plenty of water and sunscreen for the most perfect weather a photographer could hope for. I did consider taking the 5DSR for that extra ‘reach’ when cropping, but decided I would be better served with the faster frame rate and smaller file size of the Mk III.

Unfortunately I arrived 20 minutes after the flying program had started, and so missed seeing the beautiful Super Constellation in the air; apparently it will be making an appearance at the Illawara airshow that I am planning on attending in May, so hopefully I can catch it then.

I have always been fascinated by flight, and so photographing these incredible machines is simply a natural extension of my interest. It is still somewhat sobering (and sad) that to think that so much money has been spent on aircraft such as the F35 which has but one real purpose, especially considering that by 2014 the F35 was already $163 billion (yes billion!) dollars over budget… Still a dream to photograph however…

Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F16 C Fighting Falcon © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
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Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
The mighty C-130H Hercules © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Hawk 127 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
CT4s & Winjeels formation display © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F35 JSF © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Harvard © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F 16 C © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Absolutely amazing aerobatics, flying sideways a few feet off the ground… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
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Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
ARH Tiger… the helicopter of choice for the Bond villain in Goldeneye… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Lear 45 luxury… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
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Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Hercules coming in to land…I was amazed at how short a runway this beautiful plane needed to land… the loadmaster in the white jump suit is just visible in the cargo door. © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F 16 C © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
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Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
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Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Seahawk Naval helicopter, basically a naval variant of the Blackhawk © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F 16 C © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
P-40 Warhawk, Gloster Meteor, Spitfire © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Seahawk anti submarine helicopter with an Orion maritime patrol (and anti ship/sub) flying past in the background F35 JSF © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
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F35 JSF © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
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Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
The Gloster Meteor Britain’s first jet fighter, which saw action at the closing days of WWII
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F22 Raptor © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
For all the incredible technology on display, this was still (unsurprisingly) the most magnificent aircraft for me… Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII from the collection at Temora © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
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Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
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Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
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Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Hawk 127 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
MRH Taipan helicopter © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Lockeed Martin F35 JSF Australia’s latest generation multi role fighter; essentially a single engine sibling to the F22 Raptor © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F/A-18A Hornet pumping out flares to deter SAM’s © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F35 JSF © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F35 JSF © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F/A-18A Hornet © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
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Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
P40 and the Mk VIII © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Two Hornets refueling © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F/A-18A Hornet © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F35 JSF © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Two C-130H Hercules on approach © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F 16 C © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Waving to the crowds © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F 16 C © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F 16 C © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F22 Raptor © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F/A-18A Hornets © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F 16 C © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
P-40 Warhawk, Gloster Meteor, and the superb Spitfire © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F22 Raptor © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F22 Raptor © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F22 Raptor © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Avalon International Airshow 2017 © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
F22 Raptor © Michael Evans Photographer 2017

Once again, all images are copyrighted © Michael Evans Photographer 2017

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2 thoughts on “Avalon International Airshow 2017…

  1. Hello there, Michael Evans. I’m not sure if you read my response to your comment on my Scotland post. I moved the post over to a page because I realized I had redundant posts, then realized all likes and comments disappeared. But thank you for your advice, and I promise someday I’ll embrace the world of b&w. I like the drama of mono, but honestly, I’m all about the color. ALSO! And sorry if you read this already – I was so excited to know someone who had parent’s who lived in Bath – only the most enchanting city on the planet. Lucky you! I enjoyed your airshow photographs, it must have been as exciting to photograph as to to watch. Brilliant!

    1. Hi Elisa, yes I noticed that your page seemed to have disappeared when I was looking at your Canterbury images (which are fabulous btw – I particularly love the looking up shots in the Cathedral, superb!)… I totally understand about loving the colour too, your Edinburgh shots just reminded me of some BW’s I had shot in Bath many years ago as the to cities are somewhat similar in my memory.

      I am indeed fortunate to have my parents living where they do, which is in a beautiful little country village about 25mins from Bath, so that I get the best of both worlds when I visit them. Days spent wandering the Georgian city, nights dining out in the local (and excellent!) country pubs…bliss! Looking forward to going back to see them again sometime in September; they are at the age now whereby I try to get back at least once a year, but as you can imagine it is a long haul from Australia.

      Thank you for your kind comments regarding the airshow, I dragged my wife along too and she actually kind of enjoyed it, even though it was pretty hot and loud! Which reminds me, you mentioned about getting some photography practice in when away with your husband…you’ll have to do what I did with my wife and get him addicted to photography too! She even suggested adding to the lens collection so that she could take just one all purpose lens on holiday, so I purchased the brilliant 35 f1.4 L II… We also produce our own trip and year photobooks, which while time consuming and somewhat $$$$ are just really nice to occasionally peruse with a glass of bubbles at the end of the day.

      Anyway, I look forward to catching up with your next adventures on your blog. All the best, Michael.

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