As promised here are the second 5 aviation images that I have taken in the past year that I really like. In fact, the choice has been very tough and I may slip in an extra one at the end, since I’m from Essex and as a dodgy Geeza my counting ability is questionable anyway!
My first air-to-air session was with a WW1 fighter, the BE2, owned by the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust and based at Stow Maries. It’s a wonderful looking plane and I was asked to get some air-to-air images for the trust to use, mainly I think because of my friend Russell who is Mr Stow Maries. Anyway it was a grim day, certainly no hint of blue sky or brightness at all. My photoship pilot, Bob, was a cool guy though and so was the BE2 pilot Bevan, so after a quick brief we took off in the Piper and got stuck in. Since these aircraft don’t have any radios and are limited in range we just did big loops of the airfield, Bevan following our lead. On one of the loops I saw an area of dark cloud I liked and motioned Bevan upwards and for Bob to put us in a turn. This gave me a nice angle shooting back on the BE2 as you see here. When I processed this I gave it a very vintage feel with a slightly Biggles colouration, which I think was very effective. My only regret is that perhaps I should have reduced the shutter speed slightly to a better prop spin but at least it had some motion, the benefit of experience….or the result of lack of it to be more precise. But I learn everytime I shoot and I certainly did here!
|DeHavilland Sea Vixen|
|RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4|
This very special Typhoon was again shot with Eric, the Aviation Photocrew and COAP. Its tail is painted to commemorate 41 Squadron’s 100th anniversary and it’s a privilege to get it air-to-air. Once I had taken this image I wanted to get it published on the exact anniversary date as I knew that it would mean a lot to the squadron and all at RAF Coningsby. But I know better than to just charge ahead so checked first with the station commander, the 41 squadron commander, the pilot and my guy Eric. All said great, so it duly appeared in the Times and the Daily Telegraph on anniversary day, which I received several emails of thanks from the RAF for doing.
|Panavia Tornado PA200 IDS / ECR from Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 51|
First time I have photographed a Tonka air to air, again thanks to Eric etc. for the chance. The pilot was a real specialist at this, doing some excellent passes by us. I much prefer situations like this than formation flying as I prefer to get images of planes interacting with the clouds and being a small part of the image. The thing that makes this image is the sunlight glint off the canopy amongst a sea of gloom. It was a total freak exposure as I was just shooting with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and when editing I saw this one crazy frame with the glint when every other one was dark. It was different, I therefore like it and that’s why it’s in here!
|DeHavilland Sea Vixen|
Well that’s it from me, you got a free one there too! Prints are available from my website and for the Sea Vixen 50% of profits are donated to Navy Wings to keep our heritage aircraft flying. I hope that you enjoy these two aviation blog posts, I will post more aviation soon but next time I will be back to being Mr Wildlife……
Professional wildlife and aviation photographer
About Andy Rouse
Andy Rouse is a multi-award winning professional wildlife and aviation photographer. He loves to shoot edgy and atmospheric imagery and has always been known for pushing his photography to the next level. He runs workshops for photographers, leads expeditions across the globe and was co-founder of the online camera community FotoBuzz. He is proud to be an Ambassador for 21st Century Tiger and undertakes to support conservation initiatives wherever possible.
On top of this, he is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books and has appeared on many television programmes worldwide. As well as appearing at industry trade shows and conferences, presenting his photography theatre show, he is a trusted Canon Europe Explorer and now also a Park Cameras Ambassador.
If you found this article helpful, you might want to view our other related articles:
Views of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV from Andy Rouse
Andy Rouse’s Top Photos Of The Last Year: Part Two - Aviation
Andy Rouse’s Top Photos Of The Last Year: Part One – Wildlife