Gordon Jones – Deputy Editor
In 2005 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed I watched a stunning display from a South African Airways Boeing 747-400. Watching the large airliner doing low passes and missed approaches sparked a long lost interest in aviation. People who know me will think this was a very strange way for me to get back into aviation as I’ve pretty much refused to shoot civvies since!
Childhood memories of Harriers from the early years of my life, when my Dad was stationed in Germany with Royal Signal Corps, encouraged me to visit RAF Cottesmore for the first of many days spent at the threshold of Runway 22. This coincided with the purchase of my first digital SLR, a Canon 20D. This was soon followed by the purchase of the first of my many L lenses, and visits to other bases.
In 2006 I got my first taste of low level photography and that dominated my photography for a number of years.
It wasn’t long before simply shooting the aircraft wasn’t enough. I started to write about the story behind the photos and started my own website. A two year association followed with Military Matters (Radio User Magazine), providing both photos and copy from military events in the UK. In 2011 I was asked to write a chapter on how to shoot low level photography for the Photocrew’s “Aviation Photography” book.
Having shot with Canon from the 20D all the way through to the 7D, and a good selection of the L range, in late 2010 I jumped ship to Nikon with a pair of D300s. In late 2012 I moved to full frame with the D800 and my current lens collection is Nikkor 16-35 f/4 VR, Nikkor 27-70 f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR and Nikkor 300 f/2.8 VR. I’ve got designs on adding a 500 f/4 to my collection when funds finally allow!