As a child, I built models of many machines, but World War 2 aircraft was a primary theme for me. I became interested again in military aviation around 1990, and modern military aircraft was now my focus. I shot many pictures during the 1990s and early 2000s, though with a real basic point and shoot film camera. In 2004, I purchased a Kodak DX6490 camera and attended a Maple Flag exercise at CFB Cold Lake, Canada with a good friend from Edmonton. I was fortunate to have media access, and my desire and commitment to photograph escalated – especially with the ability of digital photography.
Now owning multiple Nikon digital single lens reflex cameras and lenses, and with the help and advice of many good friends (and very supportive family!), I have continued my drive to shoot quality images. With so many changes happening on the military aircraft landscape, I find it important as ever to photograph the aircraft and people.
I am fortunate to live right between 3 Air National Guard / Air Force Reserve Command bases, so I usually have plenty to shoot. I have attended airshows or had base visits in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada and Denmark.
I also continue to build plastic scale model aircraft, with almost all builds being donations, gifts or commission work since about 1998. Many model decal sheets have been produced with my images as reference, which is a nice way to combine my two hobbies.
I look forward to contributing to Photorecon!