RAF photographer, SAC Tim Laurence, talks about his passion for photography and what it was like to be the first to photograph the F-35B Lightning as it flew to the UK from the USA this summer.
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just before I was joining the Air Force in 2007 I had two or three months to kill and go traveling before I started basic training and one subject I've always been interested in was great white sharks so I did a bit of research on Google within a few days I was on the plane to Cape Town and I was on a shark boat catching images of sharks hunting seals that was the first wildlife subject I developed an interest for and then as the years go go on you reach out and do different things highlights for me of being a Kaido in the winter it's so cold the sea freezes over but the pictures of the sea eagles you get on the ice pretty stunning North America for big cats again in the snow they can get lots of lynxes bobcats mountain lions even bears what was it like photographing the f-35 fantastic there's a massive story has been building up for years it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture to get the access and exclusive imagery from the transatlantic flight was for that's fantastic there was a bit of anticipation before the flight we were briefed initially that the f-35s would be refueling off the wingtips as opposed to the boom at the back of the tanker and I knew when I heard that I was disappointed because I didn't think I'd be able to get there the dynamic imagery that we did get luckily when we arrived at the refueling tanker we were rebreathe that yeah aircraft will be refueled at the back and it allowed us much more dynamic unique imagery luckily for me if you enjoy photography outside of work it makes it much more rewarding doing it inside for work as well