Monday, 10 November 2014

Armistice in Cambridge 2014

This weekend saw the annual Armistice in Cambridge event being held. With no major warbirds on the programme, we weren't really that keen on heading down for both days. One would suffice!

Sunday looked like the best day in regards to the programme and it turned out to be a scorcher of a day!

I also had a new toy to try out.... :) I gotten myself a brand new Canon 7D mk2 on Saturday and I was keen to use it. 10fps was always going to be fun! I cranked the shutter speed up and just let rip throughout the day :)

Post-processing wise, I've had a bit of play around with using Silver Efex through Lightroom.

Anyway on to the event. It would cover a wide range of periods with a few other displays thrown in. Unfortunately the air displays were pretty lame with a just a few aircraft doing flybys (no aerobatics). Still, the Storch was pretty cool to see. But as always, the re-enactors gave it everything and it must have been hard in that heat!

So the aircraft... just a couple of biplanes, the Titan Mustangs (3/4 scale replicas) and the Storch.



The first re-enactment - The Maori Wars

When you gotta go I guess...
The sentry gets the chop....


And battle commences...



 

The RNZN shows off...


Then the Norsemen come out to play...





I guess there isn't much else you can do when you've lost your sword... :)


Then we entered the jungle and found ourselves in 'Nam man...



A bit of fun with a Swedish(?) designed army transport going for a swim...


After that it was back to the battlefield to see the what mighty Rome had to offer..




But I guess even Romans need a coffee...


Maybe it was for the Empress who was there to review the troops... :)


Then it was onto one of the big battles.... WW2... a re-enactment of Monte Cassino







Round away...



The final battle of the day was a WW1 battle. Set in 1918 during the German offensive and the battle would be held around a small trench section that had been built. This is a mix of shots from when we had a look at the trench and during the battle....




Both sides playing pass the parcel with potato mashers... 






And a couple that Mark took using my old 650D...


Some random shots from some of the displays..




But what its all really about...


Overall thoughts.... well last year was better. Just seemed bigger and busier... more people, more displays, warbirds! and just more happening.

The smaller crowd was great from a photography perspective, but wonder what it meant for organisers?

Last year, we seemed to be rushing one display to another and we were kept quite busy all day. This time there seemed to be a lot more downtime between events. Not a bad thing I guess... it allowed us to hide in some shade!

Still, as I said above. Big congrats to all the re-enactors to all the efforts they go too. It shows that they clearly enjoy it.

I think we'll be back next year, but only for one day again.

As for the new camera... pretty cool! But, it'll get a real workout at Ardmore in a couple of weeks. Look out for the next lot of airshow photos.

Hope you enjoyed my photo dump :)