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New photos including Royal Saudi Air Force Tornados & Eurofighter Typhoons, Merlin HC3 plus many more.

New Civilian Aviation
New civilian aviation photo gallery now online. A variety of shots taken from Airports and other locations around the UK.

New Photos
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 about.
A mixed bag including base visits, Airshows and more.

 Coming Soon
Arrivals and departures from the 2012 Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford. Photos and video shot from the east end Park & View.







About MJA - My names 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
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For more information please contact me by email at
markjayne@mjaviation.co.uk or by phone on 07817 905537

I can also be found on both Twitter and Facebook by clicking the links on the left.
Copyright Notice - 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 here. Please only use these videos for private viewing and do not upload them to other video hosting sites such as YouTube.

We've recently developed a new aviation photography forum called www.fox2.co.uk 
Fox2 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.
To 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. 

Latest News - Low Level 2014 This years low flying activities didn't have the best of starts. January and February were washouts and it wasn't until well into March before we had a break in the weather. This meant I had to grab the bull by the horns and make the most of any opportunity going. The few days I spent up on the hills ended up being very productive and the weather couldn't of been better. Things started off well with some Tornado action from the guys at 41 Squadron, based at RAF Coningsby. USAF Eagles were out in force as they were due to be deployed for over 6 months, so a last mad dash for some low level training was on the cards. I think the highlight was to catch the Red Arrows low level. They were due in to RAF Valley for Simulator training. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Red Arrows display. They've done a superb job in creating a special scheme tail to mark the anniversary and this meant it was a great catch photographing it low level. Photos coming soon.

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.
New Nikon D800E 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 Raids
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 here (150Mb).


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