CHASING CLOUDS

I'm proud to announce that my book 'Chasing Clouds' is now up for sale. Chasing Clouds By Giel Sweertvaegher   This year should have been packed with memorable moments and many photo flights, just like any one of the last 13 years that I have been taking to the skies. There’s no need to explain… Continue reading CHASING CLOUDS

TURNING A DECADE WORTH OF PHOTOS INTO A BOOK – PART II

Two weeks ago I started working on a book project about my aviation photos. You can catch up by reading the blogpost I wrote earlier. I don't want this book to be just a random collection of photos I made over the years. It doesn't necessarily have to tell a story either, but there needs… Continue reading TURNING A DECADE WORTH OF PHOTOS INTO A BOOK – PART II

TURNING A DECADE WORTH OF PHOTOS INTO A BOOK – PART I

With Corona turning 2020 into the year of cancellations, I found it to be a good time to look back at my photo work. I already edit some old photos from travels, but now I also took the time to go through 13 years worth of aviation photos and a decade worth of air to… Continue reading TURNING A DECADE WORTH OF PHOTOS INTO A BOOK – PART I

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOS OF 2019

2019 has been quite the year and with 2020 just a few days away I found it appropriate to share my favourite photos from the last 12 months. I feel my photography has grown a lot this year and I feel more confident in photographing my travels. I think most of my pictures are no… Continue reading MY FAVOURITE PHOTOS OF 2019

NAILING A FORMATION PHOTO OVER THE ACROPOLIS

This post is about one of the most challenging photos we made this season with the Aviation PhotoCrew. Trying to catch the Patrouille De France over the Acropolis in Athens. Last year (September 2018) we had a flight planned over the Acropolis with the PC-7 Team and afterwards with the Aegean Airlines A320. Since I… Continue reading NAILING A FORMATION PHOTO OVER THE ACROPOLIS

MAKING AIR TO AIR POLAROIDS

Ever since I got a Polaroid Impulse camera I had the idea to take air to air polaroids. I never got to it because of several reasons. I can't hang out the back of a Skyvan shooting polaroids because theres always a chance that the polaroid goes flying out. It's also not practical to have… Continue reading MAKING AIR TO AIR POLAROIDS

AIR TO AIR SHOOT WITH THE SU-27

There are only a handful of jet types I still wish to see flying next to me and the Sukhoi 27 has been on that list for a very long time. But last September, as a member of the Aviation Photocrew, I finally got my opportunity to photograph this big jet! Since the opportunity arose during… Continue reading AIR TO AIR SHOOT WITH THE SU-27

STORYTELLING IN AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY

I used to shoot more aviation on the ground than in the air, but the past years the ground-air ratio slowly moved towards the air. Nowadays, when it comes to shooting aviation, I mostly shoot air to air pictures. And no matter how much fun it is to do these flights, I was very happy… Continue reading STORYTELLING IN AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY

STAYING CREATIVE IN AIR TO AIR PHOTOGRAPHY

There's nothing so exciting in aviation photography as getting close to the planes. And no matter how much fun it is to stand between jets, it is more fun to have one on your wing. I had the luck to do air to air photo shoots for the last 10 years and even though it's… Continue reading STAYING CREATIVE IN AIR TO AIR PHOTOGRAPHY

A GUIDE TO AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY

Index Disclaimer Museums vs. airports vs. airshows It's not about what you know, but who you know Gear Settings What to shoot Lighting Air to air photography Editing Making money Disclaimer Every now and then I get asked on social media about photography and especially my aviation photography. From the gear I use to what… Continue reading A GUIDE TO AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY

FLYING IN THE HIMALAYAS

The Nepal trip was one with meany memorable moments, a couple of near death experiences, a lot of waiting and, most importantly, a lot of flying. And what better place to fly than the peaks of the world: the Himalayas. In what follows I will focus on three separate flights we did that involved the… Continue reading FLYING IN THE HIMALAYAS

THE BEST JOB I NEVER HAD

I often get told that I have the best job in the world. I'm always a little surprised cause my job is teaching history to teenagers. It's not bad, but I wouldn't exactly call it the best. Then I realize that those people are mistaken. They don't know about my actual job, because they only… Continue reading THE BEST JOB I NEVER HAD

HOW AIR TO AIR PHOTOS ARE MADE

I often get asked on Instagram how my photos of these airplanes in flight are made. The answer is less complicated than some expect but non the less quite spectacular. Taking air to air photos is not that hard from a photographic point, but logistically and organization wise it's more difficult. First of all there's… Continue reading HOW AIR TO AIR PHOTOS ARE MADE