MoD

22 Sep

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BAFD

17 Sep

Last week I had an amazing flying week. As member of the Aviation Photocrew I could join in on an amazing project. In coorporation with the Belgian Air Force Days we did some unbelievable photoflights. But also the showdays, both from the public side and the ops side were great. Hanging out with great people doing great things. And the party on Sunday evening was a great end!
I can’t show any A2A pictures because they will be used for a book but I can say they are looking great and some of the subjects are very unique to say the least. I’ll also wait to post the ground shot so our crew site and book have the exclusivity, but I do want to share one picture from the Frecce on the runway with smoke. And of course a couple of iPhone pictures. I also played with Hyperlapse so I might post some of those later on! Don’t forget to check the previous blogpost for some more shots.
And thanks to everyone who made all of this possible and made this week so great!

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KB

11 Sep

I’m currently at the airfield of Zwartberg with the Aviation Photocrew. I can’t post any pictures yet but I di have a couple of iPhone pictures from the past days. Hope to post some more text and pictures in one of the upcoming days.

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Seaking

5 Sep

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DC-3

1 Sep

Finally almost done editing the Finland pictures and this is one I certainly don’t want to withhold! As soon as I get permission I will share some fine shots from the Hurricane in Finnish markings. Flying at sunset above the lakes of Finland made it look so good!

Now I hope to get the pictures to the right people before the Belgian Air Force Days next week.

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Aviation Day

28 Aug

A couple of random shots made at the Aviation Day at Wevelgem last March.

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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)

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