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New photos including
Royal Saudi Air Force Tornados & Eurofighter Typhoons, Merlin
HC3 plus many more.
New civilian aviation photo gallery now online. A variety of
shots taken from Airports and other locations around
Jaguars at Cosford.
I was very fortunate to be invited to RAF Cosford to photograph
the Jaguars perform test taxi runs.
New gallery including a variety of shots whilst being out and
A mixed bag including base visits, Airshows and more.
Arrivals and departures from the 2012 Royal International Air
Tattoo in Fairford. Photos and video shot from the east
end Park & View.
Mark, I'm a freelance aviation photographer based
in Aberystwyth, Mid Wales.
In 2007 I decided to create MJaviation to showcase my
work, most notably my low level photography, shot from
the UK's LFA's (Low Flying Areas). I'm a devoted Nikon
user, and use a wide range of equipment, from 14mm wide
angle lenses to 600mm super telephotos. All of my work
is processed and displayed at a high standard, and
prints are available. For digital copies, of either
photographs or video, please feel free to get in touch.
I'm always on the lookout for photography opportunities
and have done commissioned work for the Airforce,
Airlines, plus private companies.
If I can
be of any help or service then please feel free to get
in touch. I now offer photography workshops including
camera & lens hire.
Many thanks to
everyone for their support of MJA and for their
comments in the
For more information please contact me by email
or by phone on 07817 905537
I can also be found on
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All MJA images and videos are "All Rights Reserved".
They must not be reproduced in any way, unauthorized use
is strictly prohibited. If you wish to purchase or use
any images, for any reason or purpose, then please
contact me direct via email or by phone.
High Definition Videos & Playback
- All MJA videos are saved at a high quality and some
exceed 100Mb in size. For best performance please right
click on the links/thumbnails and 'save link as'.
This will save the file to your computer and will
increase playback performance.
VLC Media Player
is probably the best performing
Media Player available and will play all formats. You can download
it for free
Please only use these videos for private viewing and do
not upload them to other video hosting sites
such as YouTube.
recently developed a new aviation photography forum
first went live in February 2010. It was created by a
group of aviation enthusiasts for the aviation
enthusiast as a place to share photos and talk aviation.
Thanks to everybody for their support and encouragement
and a special thanks to all the Fox2 team who have put
in many hours of hard work over the last couple of years.
enter the forum simply click on the Fox2 logo on the
right. We cover all areas of aviation including
helicopters, gliders, airliners, military jets and more
but we also have many non aviation topics such as
hobbies and other interests. Feel free to sign up today,
be great to hear from you. Some sections are only viewable to
members only and are restricted by post counts.
- Finnish Hawk Mk51's
On the 2nd of September, six
Finnish Air Force Hawk Mk51's, from Kauhava Airbase,
in southern Ostrobothnia arrived at RAF Valley. We
managed to photograph them low level around the Mach
Loop on a few occasions. Although we're used to
photographing Hawk aircraft it was something
different photographing a grey Hawk which also had
external fuel tanks attached. They spent a week at
Valley before returning to Finland on the 9th.
As well as the Hawks we also had some Tornado GR4's,
from RAF Marham and some Typhoons from RAF Coningsby.
It was also nice to see some F15E Strike Eagles low
level too. These have been pretty rare for the last
few months. Pics to follow.
Latest News -
Christen Eagle II
The early bird catches the worm, or in this case a
Christen Eagle II over the reservoir in the Elan
Valley. Summer months aren't the best for aviation
photography IMO. The sun is high in the sky which
can result in harsh shadows as low level aircraft
bank over. This means the only time the light can be
any good is either first thing in the morning or
late afternoon. On the 4th of June we headed to the
Elan Valley, which is situated in Mid Wales. Its a
stunning location for helicopters and smaller
aircraft but gets very little fast jet action as the
turns are a little too tight and narrow. Everything
was planned for an early shoot, 07:15am to be
precise. The early morning sun worked well, lighting
up the aircraft beautifully as she flew around us.
We were all done by 08:30, so it was time for some
breakfast before heading back to the Mach Loop.
We had a photo shoot planned with a 9 squadron
Tornado GR4 later in the afternoon. Luckily this
would take place at around 17:00, which meant the
light would be spot on at Cad West. The Tornado
turned up at 17:15, coming straight in from Bala
with its wings fully swept. A fantastic sight and in
stunning light. All in all a great days shooting.
Pics to follow.
The launch of the much-anticipated Nikon D800 Digital
SLR includes the special edition D800E, designed for
photographers who require the sharpest images possible,
which is achieved by removing anti-aliasing properties
from the optical filter. Apart from the modified filter,
the D800E boasts the same astonishing specifications as
the D800 - 36.3 megapixels in a full-frame (FX) format,
and many of the crowd-pleasing features of the recently
launched flagship D4 digital SLR camera. Like the D800,
the Nikon D800E also features the same newly developed
CMOS sensor with an area of 35.9 x 24mm, a standard ISO
range of 100-6400 (expandable to a range of 50-25600),
the Nikon 51-point advanced AF system, as well as the
exciting addition of full 1080p HD movie recording,
including many of the revolutionary new video features
found in the D4.
Photos using the Nikon D800E are now online.
Latest Videos - 70th Anniversary of the Dambuster
On the 16th
of May, I spent the day at Derwent reservoir to
photograph the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Lancaster Bomber perform a low level run over the dam to
mark the 70th anniversary of the famous 'bouncing bomb'
raids that took place in Germany back in 1943. Two 617
squadron Tornado GR4's and a BBMF Spitfire also flew low
level over the reservoir. I tried to shoot some video
in-between photographing stills, so only caught a small
piece of the action.
Click on the thumbnail to download. Video is 80Mb.
Latest Videos - Time-Lapse at Manchester Airport 4/5/13
The 4th of
May was spent up at Manchester Airport. Its getting to
be the time of year where the dreaded heat haze makes
photography near enough impossible. I arrived nice and
early so managed to bag a few shots before the heat haze
became an issue. I've wanted to create a time-lapse
video for some time, so what better day to have a go.
The video was shot using my Panasonic TM900 HD camcorder
and processed using Adobe Premiere Pro. All stills were
shot using a Nikon D800E and 600mm f4 VR lens.
Click on the thumbnail to download. Video is 160Mb.
Latest Videos - Major Flooding Exercise - Bala 10/4/13
On the 10th of April I spent the day at Bala in North
Wales to photograph and film a Major Flooding Exercise.
This included a Sea King Helicopter from RAF Valley
along with representatives from all three fire and
rescue services in Wales. They were joined by teams from
Natural Resources Wales, Gwynedd Council, Welsh
Ambulance Services NHS Trust, the RSPCA, Coastguard
Agency and North Wales Mountain Rescue Association.
Click on the thumbnail to download the HD video - 175Mb
Photos from the day will be added soon.
Latest News -
USAF HH-60 Pave Hawks
In May last year three USAF
Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopters from RAF Lakenheath
based themselves at RAF Valley for a week to perform
insertion and recovery training in the Snowdonia
mountain range. On the 24th of May we decided to make
the long walk and climb up towards the Ogwen valley to
photograph them before catching them again on their way
home on the 25th near the Mach Loop.
Photos have now been added to the Low Level Gallery
section. HD Video can be found
Want to get in touch? Click on the icon above for email or you
can ring Mark on 07817 905537
All of MJA videos will also be available to view and share on
YouTube. Click on the icon above for our new YT channel.
High Def Videos
the link for a list of HD videos from the loop and other locations.