L-39 Aerobatic Team

A new team of L-39 jets was formed to display for a major international brand that was launching their new product here in Cape Town over a period of about one month. The aircraft were all painted with a waterbased paint that was washed off once the launch was over. I had the opportunity to fly with this team on 3 occasions and these were the images:
The pilots were:
1) Terry Redman / Alan Fergus
2) Charles Urban
3) Gianfranco Cicogna Mozzoni

L39 Formation Team air to air photoshoot over Cape Town from Justin de Reuck on Vimeo.

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  • J0-ann stokes - Friggin awesome …..i see a few more magazine covers coming from these shots!!!!January 2, 2012 – 21:14ReplyCancel

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  • G - Awesome work +1January 7, 2012 – 05:57ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Wimberly - WOAH!!! HO HO!!!! …. I.WANT.THIS.GIG!!!! LOVE IT!!! Since I was little, i have always wanted to fly jets…. i guess this is the next best thing…… very very nice work!!January 7, 2012 – 18:08ReplyCancel

  • JUSTIN DE REUCK SHOOTING FIGHTER PILOTS IN FLIGHT « martinmoorephotography - […] You can also check out the final shots from this video here. […]January 8, 2012 – 16:17ReplyCancel

  • How Photographs of Fighter Jets in Flight Are Captured - […] Aviation photographer Justin de Reuck has an awesome job: rather than do photo shoots in the comfort of a studio, he hops into fighter jets to photograph other airplanes in flight. This behind-the-scenes video shows him at work, snapping images while zipping around above the clouds and battling G-forces. The photographs that resulted from this shoot can be seen here. […]January 9, 2012 – 22:04ReplyCancel

  • Cy Cyr - Amazing work! Thanks for sharing Justin!
    Orlando, Florida, USAJanuary 10, 2012 – 00:40ReplyCancel

  • Fábián Gábor - Justin, you have an amazing job! I was always thinking who takes those plane photos. Now it’s clear. I’ve seen the video on Petapixel and got here on your page. I will take a closer look at all your amazing works!January 10, 2012 – 00:51ReplyCancel

  • How Photographs of Fighter Jets in Flight Are Captured | My Blog - […] Aviation photographer Justin de Reuck has an overwhelming job: rather than do print shoots in a comfort of a studio, he hops into warrior jets to sketch other airplanes in flight. This behind-the-scenes video shows him during work, gnawing images while zipping around above a clouds and battling G-forces. The photographs that resulted from this fire can be seen here. […]January 10, 2012 – 01:18ReplyCancel

  • Keith Weng - Justin, fascinating. Can you say a little more on the vimeo page about the physical experience of being in the plane during those flight paths (we see you uncomfortably sniffing breaths not shooting at some points), and what it takes to get good photos ? (e.g. seems you can point the camera at many angles, but for instance, would shooting at F4 be blurry, F16 required to get light via a smaller area of the cockpit glass ?)

    Thx. KeithJanuary 10, 2012 – 01:28ReplyCancel

  • Stevie Beats - Enjoyed the video. Looks like you get some nice light down there unlike in the UKJanuary 10, 2012 – 02:54ReplyCancel

  • Imagini din cer : Alex Mazilu – Foto Blogging - […] from the sky – Justin de Reuck via FS] January 10, 2012 · Posted in Fotografie si film   […]January 10, 2012 – 09:29ReplyCancel

  • L39 Photo Sortie Over Cape Town | 6000 miles from civilisation... - […] can read more about this photoshoot and see the photos Justin took on his blog. Posted in this is south africa and tagged Cape Town, Justin de Reuck, L-39 photoshoot, vimeo. […]January 10, 2012 – 11:14ReplyCancel

  • 6000 - Flippen amaing.
    Blogged here: http://6000.co.za/l39-photo-sortie-over-cape-town/January 10, 2012 – 11:15ReplyCancel

  • Laura Madden - Thx for sharing — total inspiration! <3 LauraJanuary 12, 2012 – 04:46ReplyCancel

  • Fotografija.hr » Fotolomije u zraku - […] Avio fotograf Justin de Reuck ima “nezavidan” posao. Umjesto iz udobnosti foto-studia, on svoje fotografije snima iz borbenih zrakoplova (u letu). Ovaj video pokazuje kako mu je na poslu “teško”. Fotografirati doslovno u oblacima, iznad i ispod njih, boriti se G-silama uistinu je težak posao, no prevladati namjeru jutarnjeg obroka da ponovo ugleda svjetlost dana čini se ipak kao najteži zadatak. Rezultate ovakvog snimanja možete pogledati ovdje. […]January 13, 2012 – 09:04ReplyCancel

  • Mustafa Ilyas - I am serious fan of yours. . I also want to do this type of photography. . can you help me out? ?January 15, 2012 – 15:12ReplyCancel

  • Jeff Miller - Just curious only, why isn’t there heat distortion behind the the engine exhaust? Great pictures, I wish I were up there doing the same thing!!!January 18, 2012 – 06:40ReplyCancel

    • Justin - Hi Jeff
      The L39 doesn’t produce a very high heat signature, even in flight it was hard to spot.January 21, 2012 – 07:43ReplyCancel

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  • Bruce - Excellent images, Justin!
    I loved the subtle combination of fighting G’s and fighting breakfast . . . you seemed to get inspiration from the video cameras (damn must work)!
    What lenses were you using please?
    Bruce.April 12, 2012 – 08:09ReplyCancel

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  • pablo hohenlohe - Hello Justin
    Gainfranco Cicogna and I were friends since we were kids.
    I organize a charity event on which he participated last year. (pls visit site)
    Every year we print a booklet with photos and articles reg the event and this year I´dlike to write an article tribute to Gianfranco.
    I have some fotos of him flying that you took but I would need a good quality image of him in the cockpit before he took off, someone where you could see his face.
    If you could send me one I would be most grateful.
    Thank you very much inadvance.
    PabloJanuary 14, 2013 – 10:54ReplyCancel

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