My military stock Photography

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Sunday Express

I am starting to sell more work and Terry from the Sunday Express picture desk rings me up on Fridays for the odd photo which is nice ,I just need to let more papers know that I exist and what I can offer them.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Exercise Cambrian Patrol

I am speneding most of this week up in Brecon photographing the Cambrian Patrol. and so far getting some good photos.

The annual event covers some of the harshest and mountainous terrain on offer in the mid-Wales countryside. Arduous, physically and mentally demanding, it is a highlight in the British Army’s training calendar and regarded internationally as one of the toughest tests facing the modern-day soldier.

This years’ exercise, which runs from Friday, October 8, to Sunday, October 17, has attracted an entry of 94 eight-man/woman teams. Joining the British Regular and Territorial Army soldiers this year are 16 international Army teams from countries such as Pakistan, India, Australia, Canada, United States and France.

However, this year’s nine-day event will see 45 Regular teams take part – the highest number ever to have done so in the 51-year history of Cambrian. On average, 35 Regular teams sign up for the demanding 48-hour challenge.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (The Royal Welch Fusiliers) – both having served in Afghanistan last year during Operation Panther’s Claw and Operation Moshtarak, respectively – will take on the patrol.

On arrival at a given assembly area in Sennybridge (Grid Reference: 852345; OS Landranger Series, Map Sheet 160), teams will be subjected to a thorough check to ensure that they are in possession of the correct kit, equipment and clothing required for the exercise. Team patrol commanders will then be given a set of orders, for onward briefing to members of their patrol. Patrols are then taken to a number of drop-off points in the hills.

Split into seven phases, the teams, some with female soldiers, then have to march a mind-and-muscle sapping 55km carrying full personal kit and equipment, weighing in at some 60lbs, on a two-day patrolling mission.

Navigating both by day and night, the patrols face many testing and specialist challenges, including observation and reconnaissance of enemy forces, cold river crossings in full kit without access to boats, first-aid and defensive shooting under attack. At the completion of their patrol, each team faces a comprehensive debriefing session on their mission.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

‘I’m with stupid’

Got this photo more by luck than skill and when it was cleared by the MOD ,I think they knew that it would be a good advert for them and the feedback is 95% positive.
A RAF Tornado navigator decided to pull a prank on plane photographers when they were flying through Snowdonia, Wales by flashing a card reading ‘I’m with stupid’ with an arrow pointing at the pilot.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Low Flying in the Mach Loop North Wales.

Coming from Aberaeron on the west coast of Wales we get quite a lot of military jets doing their thing as we have bombing range in the south and west and the mountains all over. And when I see them I thought that the only way to photograph them would be from another plane (air to air), but I was wrong, just by chants I found some outstanding photography. But a group of aviation photographers and there they were doing it just up the road from me well about 1 hours drive and the rest is history.

Wootton Bassett.

As always I have bean watching the repatriated fallen coming home via Wooton Bassett and like most of use it was becoming routine to see it and was forgetting what it was all about and I just thought that if I don’t do anything now the war in Afghanistan will be over and all of this will be history.
I did four trips down the M4 and I am glad I have done it. Like all of my photography , it is not until you get up and do it and experience what you are photographing that you get the satisfaction of doing something that will be capture for ever.