Aviation Photography by Aviation Photographer Anton Guyt
Africa Aerospace & Defence Expo
My love for aviation started at a very young age, coming out of a family that has been in the Air Force, anything aviation-related attracted me. I always use to look at the images of the aircraft while looking through the magazines, more than what I would spend my time on reading the articles.
I also attended airshows since I was a little boy, always being amazed by the power of flight. As I grew older aviation never left me, and when my dad purchased a DSLR camera I started to take images, the first images I took were at an airshow. Usually, with airshows, the aircraft is quite far from the crowd line for safety reasons but it makes it a bit more difficult to get good images. It is quite a challenge but it is really worth it. Being able to see the detail on the aircraft which is difficult to see with your own eyes, well depending on how good your eyes are (mine, is not so good). It is also tricky because, with aircraft or helicopters, anything with a propeller or blade makes it more challenging because in order to show the movement in those areas you need to shoot with a slower shutter speed while getting the aircraft/helicopter sharp when you take an image.
You have to arrive very early as well, while it is still dark in order to get a good spot for yourself and some comfortable shoes because you will be standing a lot while holding heavy gear. I also love to look at people and what better place to observe people than an airshow. You see all kinds of people which is interesting, small kids being amazed like I still am today at the thought of flight.
It really is one of the most incredible achievements of the human race, from drawings of Leonardo da Vinci to the Wright Brothers who created the first airplane that was capable of being heavier than air flight. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be able to capture images of aircraft the way I do today. Also thanks to the guy who invented the first camera, with those two pieces of equipment it won’t be possible to create the images you are going to see on this website.
Anyway, to make a long story short I love aviation and all aspects of it. There is not a better sensation than flying, doing a similar task as the birds have done for centuries.
I am really thankful for the opportunity to attend airshows and especially being able to capture images that you will see on this post.