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Giotto Air Rocket Blower - a lethal explosive device?

Feb 2nd

2014

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Photographers of the world, beware!

Security madness reigns at London Heathrow Airport! Today, I had my Giotto Air Rocket Blower - a mighty dangerous-looking dust removal accessory for camera lenses and equipment (see picture) - confiscated on passing through Heathrow Airport Security at Terminal 5 because ‘it might be mistaken for a bomb’. Read on to find out what happened.

Descent into Chengdu, China

Oct 4th

2013

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Descent into Chengdu

I arrived in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, this morning, and just wanted to share a photograph I made from the cockpit as we descended eastwards over the Hengduan Mountains into Chengdu. These mountains form the easternmost end of the Tibetan Plateau, and the highest peak – Gongga Shan – rises to over 7,500 metres (24,700 […]

Tree on a Ridge - Zion Natonal Park, Utah, U.S.A.

Aug 26th

2013

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Hiking in Zion

With 48 hours to kill in Las Vegas over the weekend, I decided to rent a car and head out of the city to Zion National Park in the neighbouring State of Utah. I had hoped I might get to the Park early enough on Friday evening to scout for a good location for some […]

Clouds over New Jersey

Aug 9th

2013

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Storm Clouds over New Jersey

… Just arrived in New Jersey this evening, and wanted to share the view of some spectacular cloudscapes visible from the cockpit as we descended towards Newark Liberty International Airport.  There were thunderstorms in the New Jersey area which made for a stunning view from the flight deck in the raking light of the evening […]

Airborne out of Beijing

Apr 23rd

2012

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Airborne out of Beijing

Alongside my passion for photography, I fly aeroplanes to make a living. Like any job, it has its ups and downs; like any job, it is what you make of it. And the views from the cockpit can be stunning, such as this view of the mountainous terrain close to Beijing, China, shortly after an evening take-off from Beijing International Airport. The sun had already set on the ground in Beijing, but we were treated to a few more minutes of daylight as we rapidly gained altitude and turned west, chasing the setting sun.