Thomas Winstone is an amateur photographer from south Wales. He has a diverse interest in photography revolving round his family and work life. Thomas is an aviation fan and what better place to spot planes then up North Wales in an area locally known as the Mach(ynlleth) Loop. This is an area of low fly training used by the RAF and the USAF plus visits from other nations including the Belgians. Flying the loop is done in a anti clockwise motion, anything can be seen there from helicopters, fast jets and heavy lifters like Hercules.
Going up the Loop takes Thomas about 2 and 1/4 hours to drive up through the Welsh countryside. Once there, there is a variety of hills to climb to view the aircraft. Some hills are tougher than others and usually very wet under foot. Thomas carries with him a 300mm lens, and a 70-200mm for the larger aircraft, stool, wet weather gear, food for the day and warm clothing.
Check out pages 34-39 of the magazine for a selection of photography by Thomas Winstone