Welcome to aviationphoto.co.uk!!
I have been passionate about aviation and airshow photography
for as long as I can remember, and have been an avid airshow attendee since 1983
and my first outing to a Great Warbirds Air Display at West Malling in the UK.
It was another year before I was let loose with a camera, a Hanimex 110 slide
action job, with which I plied my trade, always dreaming of taking pictures like
the ones I saw in the annual Airshow magazine (sadly now no longer published)
filled with images by master lensmen Duncan Cubitt and the late Steve Fletcher.
Finally for Christmas 1988 I had my first SLR, hurray!!, a
vivitar v335 with a 35-70mm zoom lens but of course I longed for a more powerful
lens so I could take those all important images of aircraft doing their thing in
the sky and after much longing was the proud owner of a 70-200mm which of course
I found not powerful enough.. (the unwinnable equipment ‘arms race’ began
So now here I am, at the grand young age of thirty nine, and I still want
a bigger lens and a better camera body so what has changed?!
Well, I made some dreams come true!! I got published and
spent several years covering airshows for Flypast magazine and other
publications which was a great privilege. Additionally, through the openness and
vision of Eric Coeckelberghs and the Belgian photocrew I took my first air to
air pictures in May 2010 at the Air to Air Academy and was lucky enough to have
22 aircraft in 7 different sequences come in front of my lens on my first sortie
I hope you enjoy some of the airshow photographs I have
posted here - thanks for looking!
Andrew Critchell, December 2013
What gear do I use?
Nothing too fancy..! A couple
of Nikon D200 bodies which are 10MP. They could do with upgrading but not a
massive priority. The main area to spend is on optics and my Sigma 300mm f2.8 is
my pride and joy. I usually use this with a 1.4x teleconverter and find the
autofocus is still spot on. I have also now invested in a Sigma 120-300mm f2.8
and x2 TC for the 2014 season and look forward to seeing how they perform!
For air to air I have used the
Nikon 18-200mm f3.5/6.3 VRII lens. This is also handy for lazy static shooting
otherwise a Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 gives great results. Generally, I do not use any
filters for aviation photography.
In terms of digital work flow
I shoot in RAW and use Lightroom to make an initial review and edit. I then
finish off in Photoshop with a levels adjustment and any other tweaks that are
required, such as dust spot removal.
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