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Who am I?

 

My name is Andrew Philpott and I live in Perthshire, Scotland. I enjoy the thrill of taking military aircraft pictures, I aim  to present the aircraft I photograph in there natural environment. The great blue yonder pulling G’s and vapour pouring off the wings!

 

Why Planes?

 

My father Neville has been taking aviation photographs for years and it has always been  an important part of his free time. He's also played a part in the Midland Counties Aviation magazine, Airstrip. Before moving on to be the photo editor.

 

At first I had no interest in aircraft of any sort. My passion for military aviation was kick  started by a trip to one of the largest air shows in the world, The Royal International Air  Tattoo held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The show was amazing, fast action, high energy routines, aircraft with smoke canisters and of course afterburner ! After Fairford 1997 “ Fighter 97 ” I was hooked on military aircraft, me and father started  to go to more air shows such as RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire and RAF Leuchars in Fife, Scotland.

 

At these events is normally where I capture my photographs which I’ve decided to put  onto this web site for the world to view and enjoy. The majority of my pictures are taken with no special access rights, I take advantage of park and views that are set up. Also at some events I’ve had the aid of press passes.

 

I’ve worked hard to build up a large collection of slides which I’m always trying to  improve whenever I get the chance. The pictures on this site are a small amount that I’ve picked for others to enjoy like I have.

 

My Goal?

 

I’m trying to produce a high quality set of images for the  military aircraft types I’ve chosen with a personal interest to photograph. The galleries are currently in type order, making user friendly for the visitor.

 

My kit?

 

All the photographic equipment is Canon,  I used a mixture of primes and zoom lenses depending on the situation.

 

Image editing?

 

The images are edited in Photoshop elements 2.0.

 

Final word...

 

With every new air show season I try to improve my pictures and build up a better library for people to view, I’m frequently changing things and adding new images to advance the site for you, the visitor.

I hope you enjoy looking through my images ...

Yours Faithfully, Andy

That's me! Taking the pictures..

WELCOME TO THE ABOUT SECTION

This is the about section, here you will find information about myself, why I created this web site and also information about the camera equipment I use.

Canon EOS 1D mark II..

KIT LIST

Bodies:

Canon EOS 10D

Canon EOS 1D mark II

Canon EOS 1D mark II N

 

Storage media:

Six Sandisk 1GB Ultra II Compact Flash memory cards

One Sandisk 16GB Ultra III Compact Flash memory card

 

Zoom Lenses:

Canon 28-105 mm F/4.5 - F5.6 II USM

Canon 24-70 mm F/2.8 L USM

Canon 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS USM

 

Prime Lenses:

Canon 400mm F/4.0 L IS DO USM

Canon 400 mm F/2.8 L IS USM

 

Accessories:

Canon 1.4 x Teleconverter II

Canon 2 x Teleconverter II

Canon 430EX Speedlight

 

Other items:

Lowepro Mini Trekker Backpack

Manfrotto 680B Monopod

Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Hydrostatic Ball Head

 

Software:

Serif Webplus X4

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2