When the RAF's Red Arrows were expected to perform a flypast over Edinburgh, choosing a vantage point in advance came with risks. Their first attempt was cancelled due to the weather and on the second, my chosen viewpoint was closed to the public due to a film shoot taking place. I hastily repositioned myself down the Royal Mile instead and chose both the spot and an appropriate lens wisely.
The flypast ended up being directly overhead and at a full 15mm, the wide angle lens captured the adjacent 17th century buildings as well as the aircraft passing by. Even the pilots seemed impressed with my efforts as lead pilot Red One later retweeted my image. However the drama was not over. Seconds after the shot was taken, a bird strike forced one of the aircraft to make an emergency landing nearby.
This photograph was shortlisted in the 2021 UK Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition and was published in their annual book and exhibition which travelled around the country. It was also shortlisted in the British Photography Awards 2022.
Available as a digital file, print or framed print.
By Grant Bulloch