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  This year’s Flying Legends saw Stephen Grey make his final public displays before stepping down as boss of The Fighter Collection  



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 early!!)

    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 - WOW!!

    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.

This site was last updated: 24/12/2013