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Hi Mark, I stumbled across your
website whilst researching for a
maiden visit to the mach loop.
Your info about the loop was
excellent and very helpful. My
next port of call was your
gallery, absolutely jaw
dropping! You can almost see the
pilots boot size on the inside
of his tongue there's that much
detail! Pin sharp has just gone
up a level! I'm an avid
photography fan and have been
Nikon from the early stages, but
admit there have been times when
canon seemed to be the way to go
when you see some of the images
produced by their gear and the
amount of White lenses around at
shows etc. You sir have restored
my faith in Nikon and to be
honest feel you should be a
Nikon ambassador! I only hope
they read your guestbook. I will
be sticking with Nikon thanks to
you. I would be very interested
in a workshop if and when you do
one but it would appear there's
none on at the minute. Thanks
for the advice you have given me
regarding lenses it has
confirmed which way to go with
my choice. I have already spread
the word about your website on
the mach loop facebook page, so
hopefully some more visits for
you. It wouldn't be right to say
"keep up the good work"! It's
the only thing you know so it's
all gonna be good!
Kind regards, Aaron from
Fantastic website, absolutely
Can't wait to check out the Mach
Loop spot for myself, massive
aviation enthusiast as a kid,
looking to get back into it.
Excellent photos and incredibly
been into photography for a
short time this is one for the
Hey Mark -
I am a US Navy pilot embarked
aboard USS G.H.W. Bush. My
squadron is VFA-213, "The
Fighting Blacklions" - we fly
the F/A-18F Super Hornet.
Also on BUSH we have F/A18A+,
F/A-18C, F/A-18E, and the new
EA-18G. I'm an amateur
photographer and a big fan of
your web site and photos - your
cover shot is simply stunning. I
would, however, much rather see
a USN jet tearing-it-up on your
banner page rather than that
ugly-ass Strike Eagle!
LCDR Perry "Whisper" Solomon
Embarked USS G.H.W. BUSH
Great website and top class
photographs, I suppose it helps
with very expensive good gear
but still well done!
I discovered Mark’s photographic
services via his website and
commissioned two shoots at
Bristol airport. I was very
impressed by his professionalism
and flexibility on the
assignment and extremely pleased
with the final photos, which
included a takeoff and landing,
servicing in the hangar and even
I follow you on twitter so
decided to look at your site,
your work is truly amazing! The
best I have seen. The time-lapse
video is stunning, I will be
re-watching many times! I really
want to get out to take some
shots of low flying jets, I live
in North Wales so go to
Manchester airport to the
viewing platform now and then,
how did you get the end of
runway positiion? maybe going to
speke airport in a few weeks,
drag my 8 yr old along, he isn't
as bothered as his mum about the
Great work, look forward to
seeing more and more of it!
My name is David Jones. I
live now in Cheshire. I would
like to say that I appreciate
your still photos and videos and
have looked up your images on
your website following on from
seeing your videos on You Tube.
I started photography six years
ago and am nigh on 70 years of
My family came from Aberystwyth
and I have been on the road
through Dolgellau to Machynlleth
on many occasions throughout the
This year I went to Anglesey on
holiday and started an interest
in aviation photography. I
have a few decent shots of
Hawks. I have a Canon 50D with a
Sigma 120-400 which gives me 640
at the top end. I use a pistol
grip under the lens which
steadies up the handholding.
However in the light of yours,
and others, work I have a long
way to go.
I would love to take shots at
the Mach Loop but whether I am
fit enough to climb the mountain
sides as yet I do not know!
Your photos are an inspiration
to me and I thank you for the
advice you have given in your
website as to where and when to
photography high speed
I found your site a few days
ago. Just emailing to say the
images are jaw dropping in their
detail. Having taken some press
shots recently of fast jets at
an Airshow with the 300mm Nikon
lens on a D3. I can appreciate
the skill in these images...
makes me want to visit the Mach
Loop at some point.
I have been into aviation
photography for quite some time,
and I am generally happy and
sometimes very happy with my
results. I receive many positive
feedback on my work and have
many photos published in
magazines and books all over the
world, even front pages. But I
have just bumped into your Low
Level section of photos......
and I think I am going to change
my hobby!... I think I am going
into butterflies collections or
something like that!. I
literally fell off my chair when
I saw your low level pics. No
need for congratulations because
I am sure what I said is enough.
I shall certainly be visiting
very frequently to see these
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much for sharing
these superb images you have
captured. Just cannot believe
that the aircraft fly that low
but guess it all is fantastic
training. I spent some time, NS,
in the Royal Air Force but only
went up once in an Avro Anson! I
was a Ground Wireless Mechanic
and the powers that be decided
everyone should fly at least
once!!! I sat on an apple crate
as the seats were few and far
between. Quite an experience
really but nothing and I repeat
nothing like you must experience
taking photos of these modern
aircraft at such low altitudes
and such speeds. Once again I
thank you for sharing these
images and wish you well in all
your endeavours. Will keep on
checking back to your site.
The photos here are off the
chart…. I have just got into
DSLR and my school students
are astounded and inspired
by all that we are seeing
here. We have just spent the
afternoon with students
going, ‘Wow!’ & “No way!!”
all the time as we went
through many of the
aircraft. I found you on
viewbug and am in awe.
Patchway Community College,
I just wanted to say what an
"absolute delight" I had
scouring through your website
and looking at everything with
boyish excitement. You've got
the equipment and you know how
to use it, generating fantastic
results. Everything I set out to
do today was parked whilst I was
mesmerized looking at your
photos....hours of fun.
Diolch yn fawr a pob hwyl,
I've found your website when I
was searching for the Mach Loop
I must say that I'm very
impressed about your website.
Your website is very
informative, the pictures that
you've made are very nice and
from a high level.
I'm also very impressed to read
which camera gear you use to
make your pictures.
You've got very experience with
photographing and to film.
Your website is already at my
I look forward to seeing your
future work and I hope to visit
the Mach Loop one day.
I am a keen amateur photographer
myself and I would like to
comment on your set of low level
There is only one word to
describe them "absolutely
stunning". I live on the Isle of
Wight and sometimes visit Wales,
I must try and get myself up to
these places where you
All the best and Merry
Isle Of Wight
A note to let you know I have
browsed your site and seen your
You're a great talent, thanks
for sharing it with us.
New South Wales
What can I say that's not been
Your work is fantastic ... A
true pro... You capture much
more than many can!
I'm also very impressed by your
equipment ... Certainly wouldn't
mind handling some of that!
Your website is very
informative, in a easy to read
format that even us novices can
I look forward to seeing your
future work and I hope to visit
the Mach loop one day.
And Nikon user
Beautiful aircraft aside, the
photographs that you have taken
and made available on your site
are absolutely amazing. I've
been showing all of my friends
and family the shots of the
aircraft, but every one of them
have commented on the skilful
Keep up the great work and thank
you for making the photographs
available to view publicly.
Just been looking through your
stuff mate!!! Amazing!
The site is slick, and pics and
videos are awesome. Went
to RIAT this weekend and had a
great time, capped off with the
thought of a camping trip to
Wales! Please keep up the good
Your work is amazing. I know you
have great camera gear but it
still takes great skill to
capture these awesome pictures
and videos. Thanks for making
them available for us to
download and view.
Maffra, Victoria, Austrailia
I've just seen your website and
I'm in shock. I like airplanes
but when I see your photos I
Best regards from a beginner
As a motor sport regular and
magazine journalist for over 40
years, I thought
I'd seen some good action pics.
Not like these, you are a fine
craftsman and I thank you for
sharing your work so openly.
I've seen many photographs in my time but yours
simply blow them out the water. The best low flying
shots I've ever seen. Keep up the good work and I'll
be a regular visitor to your fantastic website.
Having just visited your website may I say how
amazed I am at your images, they are fantastic, I am
looking at taking a trip over now as I used to work
in a Quarry in Leicestershire and we used to get a
lot of the Tornadoes coming over at low level,
sometimes when in the machinery on the heaps and
banks they were almost level with me.
Now I would love a chance to see them in the
valley's of Wales.
All The Best.
Nomadic Monk Images
Having been photographing aircraft for many years, I
thought I had some good shots, however I bow down to
you! Your photos are awesome! Keep up the good work.
Awesome images, best I have seen by far.
Inspired me to make a visit to cad west on
Monday 25th July, hawks and f15's flew through,
absolutely fantastic, thank you.
This afternoon I visited your website and so
enjoyed watching your superb photography and
videos of the Mach Loop and The Bwlch. As an
ex-pat Welshman from the Cardiff area and former
member of the RAF, your fantastic photography
leaves me with a great sense of "hiraeth" as
well as happy memories of Air Force days.
Thank you - we'll keep on watching this
Amazing photos, have just sent a link to a few
other people that will enjoy them as well!
Its from your site that has launched my
photography in a different direction, truly
inspirational material and something you should
be proud of! I hope to make many journeys into
this genre and hopefully one day get to meet you
- good luck with the forum, they too can be an
obsession - I should know !
I cannot remember how I found your site but I am
glad I did! :-) You're photos are breathtaking!
I have been a combat aircraft enthusiast for
almost 24 years now and I have seen a lot of
aircraft photos in my time. But I have never
seen photos with such quality and brilliant
composition as yours! :-)
Your page is bookmarked! Keep up your amazing
Let me start with, Great Web Site.
I'm just amazed at the high quality you manage
to produce with your photographs, they are some
of the best I've seen for a very long time. Keep
up the good work.
I share your passion for military aircraft and
absolutely love your web site. Living in Van near
Llanidloes, we obviously see many of these lovely
creations, so thanks for the stunning photographs
Regards, and again thanks.
Your photos are awesome. I love the plane shots.
I live in Townsville Queensland. we have a RAAF
I get out and about when the F18 's are in
town.......normally right at the end of the
runway as the land or take off.
Our airforce has just retired the F1-11 I
managed only one shot of this old warbird.
Hi Mark, just had a quick look at your
site after a tip off from a friend, excellent
pictures ! Love the gliding ones as well, as I
used to fly gliders here in North Wales. The low
fly pictures are great quality & I have a lot to
learn after seeing those. I visit the 'loop'
area a few times during the year. Hope to bump
into you sometime.
I came across your web site by accident and I am
glad that I did. What wonderful techniques and
skills and not to mention the dedication you
have got. Simply mind blowing!!!
I have been an aviation fan like you for many,
many years. Although I like the airliners world
more than the military arena, but I do
appreciate the extra ordinary work done my some,
such as you.
Many congratulations and very well done for your
wonderful work and also for sharing these with
Fox2 sounds good and I will definitely check
that out too.
I'm new to this low flying photography in the grand
scheme of things, which is a shame because I've
missed so many amazing sights. It was your images
that finally made me buy a telephoto lens and kick
start a hobby which I've become to love. The images
and post processing techniques you apply are simply
staggering especially with your HDR images. It's
also great watching your various videos in top
quality - it's almost like being there. Excellent
skill showed in both stills and video. Keep up the
good work mate, might see you in the year.
I am a fan of your photo gallery, your shots are
incredible ! I am a regular spectator of your
website and it's always a great pleasure. I'm a
French spotter since many years and looking at yours
pics I feel like a new one !!
Wales seems to be a really beautiful country ... you
are a very good ambassador of this land ! I have to
plan a trip there (with my "low level" english!!)
Thanks again and keep it up.
Philippe DOMINGUEZ from south of France
Hello! I discovered your excellent photos via Flickr
Your photos show a particular abundance and are
really excellent, but ... The most noticeable thing
that (at least I noticed) is that your photos are
taken mostly from the heart of an aviation
enthusiast. My heartfelt congratulations for all you
do and share with us. I hope one day to come and
visit your beautiful country and be able to see the
planes as you do. Your own shots in the mountains
remind me of Axalp in Switzerland.
Really beautiful photos and the videos are
A presto un abbraccio
Came across your site by pure chance and what a
find!! Absolutely fantastic photography both
still and video. I have bookmarked your site and
will definitely be back time and again (been on
4 times in three days already!!)My son Joe and
me are planning a visit to Cad West in the not
too distant future so maybe we’ll see you on the
top side. Keep up this crucial work. Stunning!
Regards and best wishes
Mike Maskrey (Stockport via Nottingham)
When I was twelve
I was very lucky to have the chance to go on a
week’s holiday with the Scouts to mid Wales from
my home in Coventry. The place we stayed was
Our week was spent
carrying out various activities, including rock
climbing and hiking etc.
But during this week we could hear the sounds of
jets flying through the valley.
Like any twelve year old, the excitement of
aircraft was high on my lists of interests.
The only thing was, we could only hear them and
never seen them.
A couple of years later the Scouts again took me
to Wales, but this time it was camping in
We were camping on the road which runs from
Dolgellau up to the lakes above Arthog.
The highlight of the week was a trip up and
This time we caught a couple of what I believe
was Hunters coming down the valley toward Tal-y-Llyn
Thirty eight years later getting toward my 50th
birthday of all the places I have ever wanted to
go back to before I die, is of course mid Wales
and the same area's as above.
On Monday 21st of September 2009, I had the time
to make the pilgrimage to Dolgellau and spent a
dry but overcast day within the area.
On a run down to the Tal-Y-Llyn-Lake we were
buzzed by a hawk, which seemed to turn left for
On my return home that evening, I down loaded my
few photos I had taken, and went on line to find
out what aircraft use the area.
To my surprise, I came across your website.
And what a site.
I am amazed at the quality of your film footage
and of the still photography of your associates.
My admiration goes to
you all for your patients to get the pictures
and your stamina to achieve the heights required
to get these fantastic shots.
My gratitude to you all
for allowing people like me to view such
stunning aircraft in equally stunning scenery.
I have bookmarked your
site and I will watch with eager anticipation of
what may come over the hills next.
I’m a regular visitor to your site and rightly so as
your photography and videos just astounds me every
time I see it! The superb quality of footage,
editing and soundtracks on your videos is simply
outstanding and the photographs are incredible and
so great to look! I am also a keen aviation
enthusiast and love taking videos and one day hope
to spend a good while up round the mach loop and get
some sweet footage like yours, but I just need the
top gear! Thanks so much for your videos and photos
and hope you continue to give us more and more for
many years to come!
Amazing videos! Wish you had been around in the
1970/80 era to record our exploits in Hunters, Hawks
and Jags, would have made a great memento.
Just downloaded the Duxford air show vids.
Absolutely awesome as per norm, great soundtrack but
still with the aircraft music as well, the corsair
sounds fantastic!! Great work and looking
forward to more:-)
Your images are bloody amazing!!!
Impressed is an understatement. I've done a little in
the way of aircraft photography myself, but nothing of
mine comes anywhere near what you are producing, mine
are all on the ground!! You've opened my eyes to what
'proper' images should look like.
I went on this site not knowing what to expect and boy
was I surprised. Mark takes pictures and videos of the
HIGHEST quality, and his time and patience in the
infamous Mach Loop have been well spent and well
rewarded. Makes me wanna go there even more now. This is
a quality site which showcases Mark as a true
professional, and I would recommend anyone into
frontline aviation to check out his stuff.
Came to your excellent site via UKAR following your
recent posting. Thoroughly impressed with your
efforts , as well as the way your site is laid out ,
and the information it contains.
Thanks very much.
I first met Mark last year after starting out in
photography and starting to make trips into the Welsh
hills. The level of quality Mark produces is second to
none, be it still photography or HD video. I could spend
hours looking through the website at what can only be
described as professional level work and don't think
there is another website that can offer you a better
insight into the Mach Loop or aviation photography.
MJAviation sets standards that can't be found anywhere
else on the web! If this site doesn't get your legs and
fingers itching to get up there and have a go yourself,
nothing else will! Keep up the awesome work Mark.
I was checking out your site again after searching
for Mach Loop video, and viewed some more of your
videos (CAD East and West). I am EXTREMELY impressed
with your videography, editing and choice of
soundtracks. The high quality of the video and music
makes me want to watch them over and over.
Excellent overall work on your site!
When I first saw Mark's photos from the Mach Loop I was
blown away. The quality of his shots are second to none
and up there with any published work from the loop. His
HD video's are something that no one else has
come close to and the quality is unbeatable. Superb
footage mixed with his talent of editing create videos
that will be showcased for years to come. I check his
website most days so I can catch his latest shots /
footage and I'm never disappointed. Keep up the great
Some of the best photos I have ever seen, the time
spent to get the footage then to edit it just great.
Keep up the good work and add more to your web site.
I came across Marks superb photos from his Flickr.
Some of the best military aviation photographs I've
ever seen, I really would love to make a visit to
the Mach loop one day. The HD videos that can be
found are second to none and I can highly recommend
them to any aircraft enthusiast.
Bookmarked as I'll be a regular visitor.
Fantastic photographs and videos, thought the
soundtracks really added to the footage.