London

24 Aug

Last Thursday I had a great time in London with Bob, doing some sightseeing, but also meeting up with Mark Waters. Though it was for a not aviation related subject he is also into aviation. Not as a photographer but as a graphic designer he makes some very good looking prints! Be sure to take a look at his website: http://www.aircrafft.co.uk

This week I also got to see the spread from the Breitling Catalogue in which my Connie picture will be used and I must say it looks damn good. As soon as I get permission to use the pdf file I’ll upload it on here as well.

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Seaking

17 Aug

Next album is about the aviation day held last March. But I’m not really 100% happy with the pictures as at events you don’t get the freedom to frame the pictures as you want. The album after that is about the presentation of the NH90, focussing on only two helicopters. So I’ll mix up both of the albums so you don’t get bored. Let’s start with one from the official presentation of the NH90, the good old Seaking. The heli which will be replaced by the NH90.

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I’m not always into desaturating pictures and leave one colour. But I think it works well on this Seaking picture.

Aviationphotography.be update

15 Aug

The full album of the photoflight with the Bronco is now online

http://aviationphotography.be/Bronco_A2A.html

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Finland trip

12 Aug

Last week was a rather interesting one. My trip to Finland started on Monday with a good dinner with a part of our aviation photocrew. But it was on Tuesday we took the flight to Helsinki. It has been years since I last flew commercialy so I’m still liking it to take a flight. I like big airports anyway because of the size and efficiency it has but also because of the masses of people coming and going to places all over the world. I didn’t join the crew for actual A2A photography, but rather as a vacation. Get to meet some new people and see a new bit of the world.

After arrival in Helsinki, our local photographer and guide Heimo took us to the other side of the field to meet the Skyvan crew and take a look at the plane. Usually used by the University of Aalto for measurements it has a different cargo door than the plane we usually use. The day ended like every day during this trip. With a visit to a restaurant. And I must say I’m truly surprised by the Finnish cuisine. The reindeer was certainly one of the highlights.

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Arrived at Helsinki (iPhone)

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A giant hangar almost completely empty. There was a Skyvan though… (iPhone)

Wednesday was very relaxed with some sightseeing at Helsinki and the little islands before the city. In the evening we went to Malmi airport to find a system to put 12 photographers in the Skyvan and make sure they can all take a decent picture from the planes flying behind it. We also got to see my personal highlight, the Hurricane marked with swastika’s. And all of that during a beautiful sunset.

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Doing sightseeing with a bunch of photographers. It’s different… (iPhone)

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Train from Helsinki back to the hotel. (iPhone)

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One of those moments I’d probably never forget. The Hurricane and T-6 arriving at Malmi during a beautiful sunset. The pilot, Clive Davidson, getting out, stretching his arm towards the sun, showing his plane and shouting to the gathered crowd: “Hurricane!”

Thursday saw an early start with a three hour flight from Malmi to Oulu. The same day we did an amazing photoflight with several planes like the Polish Casa, F-16’s, etc. I sat in the back so didn’t get to take any pictures, but seeing a Casa passing by is truly amazing. Also the Fouga and the Hurricane came to say hello. Two planes I really would have loved to photograph… Luckily for me, I did get to see the Hurricane on Sunday evening in spectacular sunset lighting. The day ended with a thunderstorm, the car then broke down and apparently the hotelroom wasn’t cleaned for our arrival. Luckily Heimo fixed these problems fast!

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Catching the first shuttlebus out of the airfield, trying to stay ahead of the incoming thunderstorm.

The next day went pretty much the same but luckily without the problems. Great photoflights, no pictures. Yet I got to see the F-18 breaking away next to the Skyvan, afterburners lit on. One of those magical moments. At the end I did get to photograph the German EC-135. Pretty nice as well! The Midnight Hawks were one of the other highlights. Again I did not get to photograph them, but I would see them pass next to the Skyvan. The only thing is, I fell asleep. The twelve other photographers in the Skyvan obviously didn’t think it was necessary to wake me up…

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I guess there are worse ways to see Finland. (iPhone)

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A quarter to twelve. It doesn’t get dark at Oulu. A strange experience. (iPhone)

Saturday and Sunday were the showdays at Oulu. A pretty nice show with a new demoteam for me, Frecce Tricolore. Seeing the Mig-29 with afterburners against the dark clouds and lightning of a passing thunderstorm was one of those other amazing moments. Sunday saw better weather so after the show we could take off again and fly the plane via Tikkakoski back to Malmi. This time we had the Saab Safir, DC-3 and Hurricane – T6 flying behind us. Our pilot’s daughter and sons joined us to see what their dad had been doing all week. I was lucky to be up front to take pictures! A great end to a great week.

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Rallying through the Finnish countryside. (iPhone)

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Sheltering under a wing for an incoming thunderstorm (iPhone)

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Saab Safir in stunning sunset light

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Eric checking out his pictures while the stunning Finnish landscape is passing by.

I would like to post more pictures, but I don’t have the time to edit them now and I want them on our aviation-photocrew website first. To end I’d like to thank the other crew members; all pilots involved; the entire Skyvan crew for getting the plane ready in time including pilot Erkka Rouhe; the entire ‘Tour de Sky’ team and especially Perttu and the two lovely ladies who helped us on arrival; and last but not least the other photographers and especially Heimo for helping us wherever he could.

More iPhone pictures on our Facebook page or my Instagram.

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You know you’re back in Belgium when the weather is like this… (iPhone)

Fly-in Koksijde: part II

3 Aug

I had a nice day yesterday at the fly-in at Koksijde. Organised to commemorate the beginning of WWI.  Although some of the announced oldtimers couldn’t make it due to bad weather elsewhere in Belgium, it still was a nice event. And it sure has the potential to grow over the coming years. I thought of going back today but the weather is quite the same so I assume there won’t be much more planes. I’m going to pack my stuff for my trip to Finland instead!

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Good weather and a Trojan before my lens. Even with some of the announced planes not showing up this still is a very nice event. (iPhone)

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Not a real plane but an art object. Placed at the ‘ten bogaerde’ where during WWI the airfield of Koksijde came into existance.

Koksijde Fly-in: Night glow

2 Aug

Yesterday the Fly-in at Koksijde started with a balloon happening and a night glow show with the same balloons. If the entire event will be organised like that, this will be a good weekend! It was also nice to meet up with some people.

In about half an hour I’m heading to Koksijde again. And depending on the weather and how today goes I might go back tomorrow. Looking forward.

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First two NH-90’s for the 40th Squadron. (iPhone)

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Bronco over Koksijde

1 Aug

This will be the last Bronco post. Up next will be a very small album from the ‘aviation day’ from last March. But first I’ll try to update on the fly-in at Koksijde from this evening till Sunday and from my trip to Finland! You can stay up to date here if the internet isn’t failing while travelling or you can check out my FB, Twitter or Instagram!

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iPhone pictures V

30 Jul

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Post flight Bronco

27 Jul

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Bronco

25 Jul

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