Commercial Aviation Photography: Top Gear Magazine ORIS Watch Shoot

Back in October, some of you may have noted that I had a set of images published in Top Gear Magazine to accompany a feature on an ORIS pilot’s watch.  The idea was that Top Gear Magazine reporter Oliver Marriage would wear said watch whilst flying in a Pitts Special with leading airshow display pilot Rich Goodwin.  Now that the dust has settled and the magazine has had time to breathe, I thought I’d share some more of the images from the day! 

The shoot itself took place at Bidford-on-Avon on a pleasant enough day in August.  Rich was assisted by the aircraft’s co-owner, Greg Paino, in its preparation before Ollie was given the grand tour and told what he could and couldn’t touch.

After that it was time to familiarise himself with the watch itself, which came in its very own mini-peli case; it certainly looked the part!

Briefings and familiarisation complete, it was time to go flying.  I would also be airborne thanks to Lyndon Griffith – www.sharpshotaero .com – in his Aviat A-1B Husky G-USKY.  We would get some shots of Rich and Ollie getting airborne, playing with the watch whilst executing some fairly benign manoeuvres and then leave them to go off and give it a proper test.

That meant that we were back on the ground by the time Rich and Ollie returned to the airfield, looping and rolling as they did so.

Considering Ollie had never undertaken an aerobatic flight before, he really could not have projected an image of greater composure afterwards.  Much to the chagrin of his colleagues, to look at him, you never would have known what he’d just been up to!

The watch did its job, and Ollie put together a highly-entertaining piece telling the story of the day from his side.  You can find it in the ‘Watches pull-out’ that accompanied the November 2015 issue.

Matt Briggs from was also present, and he’s put together this rather nice video, too.

My sincere thanks go to Dan Read, special projects editor, and Rich Goodwin for giving me the opportunity.

After photographing a wedding next weekend, I head once again to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates for the Al Ain Air Championship, so this will be my last blog entry before Christmas and the New Year.  Thank you all for your support in 2015.  Best wishes to all for the festive season and beyond.  Have a great one!  See you in 2016!



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