Having grown up just a couple of miles from RAF Odiham, I’ve always had the Chinooks overhead at all times of the day and I’m pretty sure that’s where my passion for aviation started. Its all about the noise and speed – there’s nothing quite like that feeling when a jet engine roars past.
The photographic side only really started four years ago or so. I can still remember going to Farnborough air-show as a youngster with a disposable camera and looking forward to seeing the results a week or so later. Of course the photographs were poor quality and very distant but those nine red dots in the sky left a long lasting impression.
My interest in the medium really started at college when I studied for an A-Level in Fine Art Photography – I went on to achieve a high ‘A’ grade and had my work described as “Visually dynamic colour photography”. It was all about using film back then and learning to ‘play with light’ – digital cameras were still very much in their infancy even back in 2006.
I soon moved on to a 5x optical zoom digital compact, this still wasn’t really any good for stuff in the air but was adequate enough for work on the ground. At university I then advanced a little and bought my first camera where I had complete control over the exposure – a FujiFilm HS10 bridge camera. Although it had a 30x optical, the quality just wasn’t good enough and the focusing was too slow to keep up with jet aircraft. I ditched that in favour of a Canon 400D and have since upgraded to a Canon 50D.
In March 2014, I held my first photographic exhibition at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum. ‘2013 – A Year In Aviation’ collated an extremely busy twelve months of aviation news and events into a photographic exhibition of 63 prints. The collection showcased work from a number of air shows on the UK circuit, preparations for OP HERRICK 19, historic retirements of the RAF’s VC-10 and C-130K Hercules fleets, as well as unseen photography from the RAF’s multi award-winning Chinook Display Team based at RAF Odiham.
“The quality and variety of his aviation pictures is really excellent, and not only shows some fine images of many different aircraft, but in particular highlights the machines and crews of the Chinook helicopters from our neighbouring operational air station, RAF Odiham.” – Richard Gardner, Chairman F.A.S.T Museum, Farnborough
In January 2016, Aviation Highlights was launched, a new and exciting website featuring all the news, reviews and features from the world of aviation.
- Canon 50D
- Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 L IS USM
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
- Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
- SAMYANG 8mm f/3.5 UMC CS II Fisheye
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- Manfrotto 390 MK394-PQ