July 6, 2022 7.00 am

Lincolnshire photographer loves snapping aircraft in the skies

One of her photos made the front page of The Times

A Lincoln-based photographer has spoken of her love of capturing images of spectacular aircraft flying in the county’s skies.

Claire Hartley’s main photography interests are aviation and nature and several of her pictures have been published, including of the Red Arrows as the sun was low on a winter’s day which featured on the front page of The Times.

In an interview with BBC Look North, Claire said it’s “nice to know that people want to use” her photographs and she picked out to of her personal favourites from her collection.

This photo of a Lancaster flying over Tattershall Castle is a personal favourite of Claire’s. | Screenshot: Claire Hartley/BBC

A photo she took of a Lancaster flying back to Coningsby over Tattershall Castle will always be a favourite, with Claire saying: “That was one of those days where I just sat out in the rain and then just for a split second it came really good just as it passed over the top of the castle.”

She added that her second favourite “is probably one of the Red Arrows” flying in formation.

Claire’s photo of the Red Arrows was used on the front page of The Times. | Screenshot: Claire Hartley/BBC

“It’s not a technically perfect shot, it’s not very good resolution, but it’s the first one for me that took off on social media and that’s kind of the one that made things work for me,” she said.