It’s that time of the year again. 2014 is almost over and year reviews are made by everyone and posted everywhere. Even though we, with Apron6, always try to be a little different, we can’t resist to make our own review. Two years ago I did a review by showing my 12 best shots of 2012 and last year I posted the 13 most viewed posts. This year I will stick to a good old written review.
As always a new year starts with resolutions, dreams and plans for that year. 2014 wasn’t different. The big trip we had planned was the A2A Academy, South Africa edition. Hopes of seeing a flying Lightning and to see a beautiful part of Africa unfortunately faded when John Miller, photographer and the man behind this years edition, passed away unexpectedly. The 2015 edition will surely not be the same without John…
As always the winter months went by and by the time it was March I had to brush the dust of my camera for the start of the new season. The first weekend we did an amazing flight with the Bronco Demo Team. resulting in some stunning pictures.
The second weekend I made a visit to the first ever held ‘Aviation Day‘ at the local airport of Wevelgem. One weekend later I was there once again for the annual Bronco Fan Day. I ended up doing an A2A photoflight with the bronco and nightflying to Friedrichshafen in the Turbo Commander. Certainly one of the best weekends of the year. March anded with the annual Airshow Convention.
Besides Belgium and Germany I had the luck to go to the UK three times. The first trip in May to Kemble. Resulting in a flight with Gazelles and the Jet Provost. Other photographers got even luckier and saw the Canberra! The second trip was just as special. When I had the luck to photograph the Vulcan in 2011 I thought it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. It turned out not to be! Again a fabulous weekend with great memories. The third was a short trip to London which was a nice celebration of my birthday!
From the west we headed north. To Finland. Certainly one of the best experiences in the last couple of years! There’s just to much to talk about so you can read the full report here.
The year ended quite soon for me. The last trip of the year was in September when we did some amazing photoflights at the Belgian Air Force Days. F-15’s, Al Fursan, … The list of subjects didn’t stop. And what’s a better place to photograph the airshow than the OPS side? A couple of iPhone shots can be seen in the blogposts. https://apron6.com/2014/09/11/kb/ and https://apron6.com/2014/09/17/bafd/
Unfortunately not everything was fun and games. When I contacted a French magazine about the uncredited and unasked use of some of my pictures, I ended up with some frustrated editors who hoped I would piss off when he tried to make me believe he lost his job because of me… On the more bright side they gave me a reason to write a blogpost that turned out to be one of the most read posts of 2014. Not that I want to thank them…
2014 also brought some new stuff. I bought an iPhone at the end of 2013 but didn’t really do anything with it from a photographic point of view. When my girlfriend left Belgium to study in America for a couple of months I made an Instagram account to follow her. And that’s the point when I started to take iPhone pictures. Not only from aviation related topics but also some random daily things. Not necessarily the best pictures, but good to break with al the aviation stuff.
Another new thing was the arrival of the NH90 at Koksijde. Quite important to me as everything started at Koksijde when I was 8 years old. Seeing the Seakings flying made me interested in aviation, so it’s sad to see them go. That’s also the reason why I went to the first fly-in at Koksijde in August. It reminded me of the airshows that used to be held there.
The biggest change for this blog is quite recent. A couple of weeks ago the entire look of the blog changed to something more fresh and professional. With that I also tried a new more focussed approach. The time of experimenting is over. I really try to give a creative impression of aviation. I introduced some new pages and we’re also open for advertising now. Take a look at our most recent blogposts to have an idea where we’re heading to.
On the other hand, some things will probably never change. I wanted to be published a couple of times this year but didn’t really get far. One of my Connie pictures made it to a magazine and to the Breitling 2015 catalogue. Besides this and a picture of the Bronco in a magazine that’s about it I guess!
When you don’t get published there’s only one thing to do. Publish yourself. And that’s exactly what I did. 2014 was the year I tried to make a photobook, titled Cloud Head. A lot of work, but I really like the result. It’s still for sale so go and get your copy here: http://www.blurb.com/books/5689790-c-l-o-u-d-h-e-a-d
Another way to get my pictures on the computer-, iPhone and iPadscreens of more people is by entering competitions. Something I started doing this year but which I hope to do even more in the upcoming year. I had the luck to make it to the final of the Smithsonian Air and Space mag for which you can still vote by going to following link and click to my picture of the hugging pilots. http://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/2014-photo-contest-finalists-180953581/
As you can see 2014 was an amazing year. I really hope to take more and better pictures in the upcoming year. I’ll try to continue to make this blog more professional and more interesting. Focussing more on the cool aspects of aviation and posting more of those non aviation iPhone pictures. I’m even considering a ‘daily photo’ page and a Youtube channel. It would be great if I could make a few bucks of this blog too. But most of all I hope I can continue to meet new people, go to new places and spend some time in the air.
Enjoy the end of 2014 and may 2015 be a great year for all of you. Let me know in the comments what you think about this review and what your 2015 wishes are!