Photographic Portfolio of 2012
Images and photographic notes of my successes for the year

Each year I like to produce a collection of my best and favourite images. Most have been published in books and magazines and possibly in conjunction with features and as such were chosen by the magazine editor in question. I hope you like this snapshot of my best work from 2012. I am now using a Canon 5D Mk.III.
The 'Red Bull' Vought F-4U Corsair (OE-EAS 'RB') Vought F-4U Corsair (OE-EAS 'RB')
(Canon 5D Mk.III + 70-200mm (100mm) f.8 1/160 ISO 100)
Air to air portfolio - click here for more images and reports.
If everything goes right then the images obtained from a refuelling tanker are stunning and yet so easy to take. However, it is not as easy as you think. Firstly, it is difficult to get accepted by an air force operating air refuelling tankers these days. Some days there is extremely high cloud which leads to dull images. If the aircraft appears on the sunny side of the photo-ship then the resulting silhouettes are often uninspiring. The windows of air refuelling tankers are often scratched hand have image distorting blemishes. The cloud formations aren't always the best, however nearly every flight produces something that is a little bit special.
Aviation News November 2012. My written article (seven pages, 2,300 words and 18 images) on the Air-to-Air Academy run by Eric Coeckelberghs and the Aviation PhotoCrew at Zoersel-Oostmalle in Belgium.
My article and 21 images entitled 'Fly low, hit hard' for Ptisi & Diastima (Flight & Space) magazine published in January 2012.
Low-level flying 2012
The beautiful 'Miss Demeanour' Hawker Hunter F.58A (G-PSST) flown by Jonathon 'Flapjack' Whaley flying low through mid-Wales in October 2012.
Tornado ECR (46+49) of JBG 32 German Air Force based at Lechfeld flying low in Scotland during Exercise Joint Warrior JW12-2 in October 2012.

Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) 2012

Lynx AH.7 (XZ641 'A') of 671 Squadron descending in to a Confined Area of Autumn colours in October 2012.
Chinook HC.3 (ZH900) of 18/27 Squadron Odiham Wing in another Confined Area in October 2012.
On base and exercises portfolio - I visited a number of air bases in 2012, click here for more images and reports.
Flying in Ireland Magazine January 2012, my written article and 19 images Puma 40th Anniversary.
Aviation News June 2012. My written article entitled; 'Châteaudun - The French Air Force's Warehouse' eight pages, 3,000 words and 18 images.
Aviation News June 2012. My written article entitled; RAF Northolt Night photo shoot XI, five pages 1,200 words and six images.
Fighting the Lethe (Hellenic Air Force out of service aircraft 2010-2011) F-102A Delta Dagger (0-61024) at Tanagra from a visit in September 2010..  
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 by Ian Carroll and published by Mach III
. Alpha Jet E (E48 '705-MH') from my visit to Tours in October 2011.
Typhoon T.3 (ZJ806 'BE') of 29(R) Squadron landing at RAF Coningsby in January 2012
Air shows portfolio - I covered just a few air shows in 2012, click here for more images and reports.
Aviation News September 2012. My written article entitled; 'Guide to the Axalp Air Power Demonstration' five pages, 1,200 words and 14 images.
My image of the DHC-2 Beaver AL.1 of the Army Air Corps Historic Flight arriving at Woburn Abbey for the de Havilland Moth Club's 25th International Moth Rally in 2005, was used for the RAF Leuchars Jubilee Airshow program 2012.