2016 - Head In The Clouds

2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby Lloyd H on Wed 07 Dec 2016, 9:39 pm

Not really sure how best to sum up this past year to be honest, it's been nothing short of amazing and I feel incredibly lucky that I've had these opportunities for work. It's been pretty varied work from HEMS operators to a CSAR unit, the flying has been unreal and at times a little stomach churning. Visited new countries, new cities and met some amazing people along the way creating some memories that will stay with me forever, from BBQs in Sweden to shooting a .50 cal from a Pave Hawk and finally logging over 100 hours of flight time whilst photographing.. Anyway I hope you enjoy the images, of which there are a lot so sorry!

I'll try and keep it in chronological order too.

First off was a visit to Wiltshire Air Ambulance, the only HEMS operator in the UK to use the Bell 429. We flew to the helipad at Great Western Hospital in Swindon, I had five minutes to get a few shots and then it was the quick hope back to their base.
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ImageWiltshire Air Ambulance Bell 429 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageWiltshire Air Ambulance Bell 429 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageHEMS Night Flying by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

4. My only day out in the Loop, I've definitely lost the interest that I once had. Maybe I've been spoilt in the past, I'm not really sure but it doesn't quite 'grab' me anymore.
ImageUSAF F-15E Strike Eagle 'Rico 72' by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image492nd FS F-15E Strike Eagle 'Shift 51' by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageRAF Hercules C-130J 'Jackdaw 1' by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image47 Squadron Hercules C-130J by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

8.After a little bit of a lull I had a visit arrange to RAF Lakenheath to chat with the 56th RQS about an article for Vertical magazine - you can read it here now https://www.verticalmag.com/features/others-may-live/
Image56th Rescue Squadron Pilots by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image56th RQS Pilots by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image56th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pavehawk by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image56th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pavehawk by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image56th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pavehawk by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

13. Then the following day it was back down to Wiltshire to visit the Air Ambulance again, all work for a future article next year.
ImageWiltshire Air Ambulance Pilot by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageWiltshire Air Ambulance Paramedic by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageWiltshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

16. To Joint Warrior.. The drive up was absolutely awful as I'd managed to pick up some kind of food poisoning, being sick, sweating etc. I thought I would kick it after a day or two but it seems not. What should have been an awesome week of flying on live firing missions on Tain Range turned into a repetitive mantra of "Don't be sick in the aircraft". I should have been flying on two sorties per day, I managed just one each day and then had to go and lie down for the rest of it! But the guys were awesome, I got to fire a .50 cal on the range whilst they held it in the hover!
Image56th RQS HH-60G Pavehawk by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

17. Spent casings falling away as the SMA on the opposite side releases a barrage of rounds as they fly in a racetrack pattern.
Image56th RQS HH-60G Pavehawk by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

18. Coming into land at Lossie.
Image56th RQS HH-60G Pavehawk by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

19. Having gone winchester the SMAs reload the .50 cals.
Image56th RQS HH-60G Pavehawk's by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image56th RQS Special Missions Aviator by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image56th RQS HH-60G Pave Hawk by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageSuns Out Guns Out by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image56th RQS HH-60G Pavehawk by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

24. Couple of weeks later I flew to Copenhagen and got a train to Ronneby in Sweden. This was a sweet work trip, nothing was too much for the guys and they even called up the HQ to request more flying hours for the Friday so we could fly out to this lighthouse in the middle of the ocean so we could shoot some images that had the air-to-air look.
You can read the article here: https://www.verticalmag.com/features/swedish-sar/
ImageSwedish Maritime Administration/Sjöfartsverkets AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageSwedish Maritime Administration AW139 Cockpit by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageWinch Operator by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageSwedish Maritime Administration/Sjöfartsverkets AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageSwedish Maritime Administration/Sjöfartsverkets AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageSwedish Maritime Administration/Sjöfartsverkets AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageSjöfartsverkets Winch Operator And Swedish Navy Submarine by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageSwedish Maritime Administration/Sjöfartsverkets AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageSwedish Maritime Administration AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageSwedish Maritime Administration AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageSwedish Maritime Administration Team by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageSwedish Maritime Administration AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageJUST HANGING OUT by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

36. Fast forward to June and I attended the FAMARA exercise that BHELMA VI were taking part in, relocating from their home base of Tenerife to Lanzarote with two AS332 Super Pumas and three Bell 212s.
ImageDarth Vader by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332/H215 & Bell 212 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageI Love The Smell of Napalm In The Morning by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI Bell 212 Cockpit by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332/H215 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332 Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageAerial Ballet by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332 Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI Bell 212 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageAlways Travel In Pairs by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImagePre-Flight Checks by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332B Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AB212 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332B Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AB212 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AB212 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332B Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image'SHOOTER' by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332B Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332B Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332B Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AB212 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332B Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageLUKE, I AM YOUR FATHER by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageDUST OFF by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332 Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332 Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AB212 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AB212 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBHELMA VI AS332 Super Puma by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

67. Mid-July I had the opportunity to ride along on a couple of CSARTF sorties, one of which involved the A-10s that were over in the UK at the time and F-15s from Lakenheath. It was hard to sum up in words, but seeing an A-10 dive down on a strafing run, whilst sat in the back of a Pave Hawk with the doors open was UNREAL.
ImageKEEP CALM by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageTRAIN HARD FIGHT EASY by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image56th RQS HH-60G Pavehawk by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image56th RQS HH-60G Pavehawk by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageHot Extract by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image57th RQS PJ by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image57th RQS Pararescuemen by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image57th RQS PJ by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image57th RQS PJ by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image57th RQS Pararescuemen by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image57th RQS PJ by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageGET TO THE CHOPPA by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

79. So I never, ever thought I would get a fast jet flight to be honest. But as part of an article on the SKASaC I had the opportunity to fly with 746 NAS to shoot some air-to-air images, showing how 736 provide a valuable real training element to the fighter controllers and observers in the SKASaC. It was everything you would expect it to be and more, I also managed to keep my lunch down too - despite looking pretty green afterwards!
ImageObligatory Selfie by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image736 NAS Hawk T1s by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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Image736 Naval Air Squadron Hawk T1s by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

82. Finally some recent work, shot like two weeks ago in Catania, Sicily. Working with the Guardia Costiera for a future article that will be in Vertical911.
ImageGuardia Costiera AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageLEAP OF FAITH by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageWE'RE ALL GOOD by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageGuardia Costiera AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageGuardia Costiera AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageBUGS LIFE by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageThe Team by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageGuardia Costiera AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageGuardia Costiera AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageRISING THUNDER by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageLOOKOUT by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageEYES OUT by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageREFLECTING by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageGuardia Costiera AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

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ImageGuardia Costiera AW139 by Lloyd Horgan, on Flickr

Thanks for looking! C+C is most welcome. :smile:
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby McG on Wed 07 Dec 2016, 10:31 pm

Good stuff Lloyd.
Must have been hard to narrow your year down to the best 100 or so shots.
McG

Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby Ewart on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 2:59 am

Wow.
Some amazing images there Lloyd.

Possibly one of the best threads in a while.
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby BigClick67 on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 6:34 am

Absolutely stunning!! :dizzy: can´t pick a favourite-best post in a long time here :worship:
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby qwerty on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 9:33 am

Refreshingly varied top notch images taken with a lot of skill which as i know is not easy to build up. Unless you have done it I find it hard to convey to others just how many aspects have to go right to produce these quality results. Airborne photography especially can turn into a nightmare with many wasted plans. Hope you have recovered and do drop me a message if you need work covering in North Scotland.
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby Wes_Howes on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 9:37 am

Great stuff Lloyd, all top images but I still really like the last one with the water going through the rotors :clap:
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby PeterR on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 10:13 am

Lloyd, incredible shooting. You have fast become (in my eyes) one of the best rotary-wing photographers in Europe. Bravo! :clap:
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby Russ on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 11:14 am

Outstanding Lloyd. Absolutely nailed it. :clap: :cool:
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 11:24 am

A fine set of photographs. Thanks for posting, I enjoyed them very much :clap: :clap:
its time to kick the tyres and light the fires
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby Lloyd H on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 1:52 pm

Guys thank you for you're incredibly kind replies, it's always lovely to hear that your work good!
McG wrote:Good stuff Lloyd.
Must have been hard to narrow your year down to the best 100 or so shots.


There's loads that are sat on my hard drive un-edited! And some that I'm holding back, like the Hawk air-to-air and shots from Italy :)

PeterR wrote:Lloyd, incredible shooting. You have fast become (in my eyes) one of the best rotary-wing photographers in Europe. Bravo! :clap:


That really means a lot, Peter, thank you. :smile:
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby Elliott Marsh on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 5:29 pm

This set is awesome. Many give a sense of action and immediacy that is often lacking from operational shoots (IMO).

I've heard from many people that there aren't opportunities for military enthusiasts and photographers in the modern era, and that the opportunities that are available won't amount to enough to get you noticed and so on. Just goes to show that with talent, professionalism and determination, you can still make a name for yourself and produce something unique.

Anyhoo, I'll stop blowing smoke now...
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby StuWeston on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 5:31 pm

Incredible set, every single shot is either interesting or awesome(or both in many cases!)
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby Lloyd H on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 7:35 pm

Thanks Stu!

Elliott Marsh wrote:This set is awesome. Many give a sense of action and immediacy that is often lacking from operational shoots (IMO).

I've heard from many people that there aren't opportunities for military enthusiasts and photographers in the modern era, and that the opportunities that are available won't amount to enough to get you noticed and so on. Just goes to show that with talent, professionalism and determination, you can still make a name for yourself and produce something unique.

Anyhoo, I'll stop blowing smoke now...


Means a lot Elliot, thank you. It's taken a lot of time & effort but I feel that I'm slowly starting to reap the rewards now, especially this year.
Appreciate the kind words.
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby Ledhead27 on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 8:22 pm

Simply stunning, and very jealous as well!
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby Airwolfhound on Tue 13 Dec 2016, 12:49 pm

The post of the year for me :clap: :clap: :clap:

A huge amount of effort and dedication and perseverance has gone into this little lot, kudos to you :clap: :clap:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24874528@N04/

Agile, mobile and hostile ;-)
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby jingernut on Tue 13 Dec 2016, 1:14 pm

There are some absolutely incredible shots in that lot. Superb work!

The quality and composition of them is amazing.

Picking jaw off the floor now.

:clap: :clap:
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby bigcrow on Tue 13 Dec 2016, 3:13 pm

Nice ones Lloyd, what a great year you've had... :clap:
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby Tommy on Fri 16 Dec 2016, 11:01 pm

You've nailed it once again, Lloyd. Nice work, buddy! :king: :king:
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Re: 2016 - Head In The Clouds

Postby DMH on Mon 19 Dec 2016, 11:17 pm

And that is the difference between a pro and us mere mortals...
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