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About Gary1701

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    Stowmarket, Suffolk, UK
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    Have a keen interest in military history and modern military affairs. I like to photograph military aviation in it's day to day operations rather than at shows and can frequently be seen outside military airfields in the South East, camera in hand when time allows.


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  1. Helicopter ID help please

    Hi again, Yeah that was great fun. Sometime ago now, 2006 and was flown out of the RAF base at Watton in Norfolk (now housing as usual) when there was still a RAF reservist gliding school at the largely disused airfield, mostly for air cadet flying and my uncle was the CO. Watton is inside the large military training area in Norfolk called STANTA or Stamford battle training area and if UK military helicopters were operating in the airspace used by the gliding school the quid pro quo was that if able they came and gave the staff and cadets a quick flight! I personally have no connection with the school but one Sunday evening my uncle said that if I could get up there and take a few pics sharpish I could tag along with the rest of them in the Chinook that was coming in. Another unwritten rule when they do this is that they tend to throw it around a bit for the passengers down the back! I couldn't photograph from the actual ramp, too much of a risk with loose items but shot this from the cabin over the STANTA area that evening. The Chinook was in full war fit with a M60 on the ramp. Back at Watton, airframe ZA674 was only the fifth Chinook delivered to the UK, back in 1980. Still going strong even now, 38 years later! Gary
  2. Helicopter ID help please

    Hi, No problems. My civil aviation id skills aren't as good as my military ones so I wasn't 100% sure, but was reasonably confident. I bet it was quite luxurious compared to the only helicopter I've ever flown on - a 30 minute low level exercise in a RAF Chinook over Norfolk hanging out of the back of the open ramp! Gary
  3. Helicopter ID help please

    Hi again, The window arrangement looks okay for a AW139, although it is somewhat difficult to see but the undercarriage sponsons and the rear horizontal stabs with the upturned tips do match the AW139 and not a AW169. Is there a larger version available somewhere to see? If I could id the operator that would probably be enough to go on. Gary
  4. Helicopter ID help please

    Hi, I'm not expert on the civil side of aviation but pretty confident that is a AgustaWestland (or Leonardo as they like to brand themselves nowadays) AW139. That's a common civil/military light to medium helicopter used in a lot of roles worldwide. Gary
  5. Images sold in January

    Hi all, Sold this one last week for $200 in a large marketing package. Second time for this image. Then this one comes through this week for the same package and amount. Strange as according to the zooms, nobody has looked at a pic of mine since October! Gary
  6. Hi all, You all need to come and photograph military bases and airfields, no problem there! Seriously though, yes I understand and agree, especially with the comments about holding large lensed, professional looking cameras nowadays, and the double standards compared to the social media generation taking pics on camera phones every 30 seconds. Gary
  7. Thanks guys, I'll do the resubmit, get it cleared and then send the info to customer services approach. Gary
  8. Hi all, I have a question that's quite similar to the first post so rather than start another thread I'll post here if okay. It's bugged me for a while but I have a image amongst my portfolio where I accidentally cropped it badly, and about 10% percent of image at the top is blank from where I got the crop wrong in edit. Obviously this wasn't the one on the batch that got looked at in QC otherwise I guess it would have been rejected. Rather than go through the process of deleting it, waiting and then resubmitting the new version (a easy fix) is there a way of submitting a revised edit and just replacing the image instantly? If there is, I can't see it anywhere. Thanks in advance. Gary
  9. Images not being added.

    Hi all, Just curious if it's something that is affecting others or just myself? I key worded and sorted the latest accepted batch Monday evening and they haven't shown up yet. Normally they're listed well inside 24 hours. I'm holding off the next batch for the time being. Gary
  10. All, Noticed this being zoomed about a month ago. When nothing happened over the US Presidents visit I thought it wouldn't sell, then suddenly shows up this morning. Unfortunately, sold for next to nothing, but never mind. Gary
  11. Lunar eclipse

    Hi, Happened here in Suffolk last night. Haven't had ANY rain at all since end of May - the weather station in the country that has had the longest spell without rain is in Suffolk and isn't that far away. I thought I might have a go at photographing the eclipse last night. What happened? Massive thunderstorm and it chucked it down. Fire service was called to a strike just down the bottom of the road. Somehow, you just knew that was going to happen. Gary
  12. Hi, Sold this yesterday, to cross the $50 mark for the second time in two months. Second Typhoon sold in less that a month. Ironic that on the day of the RAF 100 years anniversary flypast I go and sell a pic of a Saudi example! Quite pleased, sold 6 aviation images from a selection that is still only 600 strong on Alamy in about 18 months. Gary
  13. Hi all, Sold another aviation image for some magazine or news use a few days ago. The RAF's 'effort' at special markings (a sticker) for it's 100th anniversary applied to a single Typhoon. Gary
  14. My fourth sale here at Alamy, and the one that puts me over the $50 mark. Gary
  15. Images Sold in February (Max. 1 per day)

    Hi all, Been on Alamy for about a year now and although I still only have about 500 images listed, pretty much exclusively aviation I noticed this sold for a small amount a few days ago, the third sale since I started and as I'm only uploading what I would take as a hobby anyway any sales are a bonus. Quite happy with that but still not to the $50 mark yet. Good old NASA Canberra, well worth waiting several hours for that to turn up in winter light a few years ago. Pasted over from another thread elsewhere on the forum as I put it in the wrong one - apologises. Gary