Yaounde streets by Tom Henderix

A quick glimpse on the streets of Yaounde, Cameroon.

Fujifilm X-PRO2, XF35/2.

Pot of gold by Tom Henderix

I went to the end of the rainbow and found a pot of gold… or at least a golden sunset…

All taken near a massive 200km long squall line over Yaounde, Cameroon.

All shots taken on the Fujifilm X-PRO2 with the XF35/2.

Been a while by Tom Henderix

Ocean currents creating a huge vortex, near the coast of Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Time for an update, random shots from the past couple of months. Enjoy!

Navigating through the gaps in a huge squall line, near Bamako, Mali.

Nothing can top a nice sunrise after a long night. Near Switserland.

All images shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and XF35/2.

Over the Sahara by Tom Henderix

Daytime and nighttime flying doesn't help much with taking shots from my office in the Airbus A330. Ideal time to shoot is dawn and dusk, and preferably not at cruising altitude, so as to be among the clouds, not above them. Still, the Sahara does sometimes grant us a glimpse at it's sheer vastness and beauty...

My favourite part of the flights to Africa, enjoying the blood red sand dunes of southern Algeria.

The Richat Structure, also know as the Eye of the Sahara. It's not often we get to see this, as most of the time it's covered by a layer of haze or low clouds. The north part of Mali is not a good place for tourism right now, so we'll just have to enjoy it from cruising altitude.

Crescent moon rising

Empire State by Tom Henderix

I was lucky enough to find myself near the Empire State Building at dusk and with not a single person waiting in the qeue to go to the top. Lucky me on such a short layover in New York.

 

 

Finally, an update to the blog... by Tom Henderix

As you may have noticed, I haven't updated this blog in a while now. I had surgery of the knee in September and was out of service for two months. Things have been hectic ever since, and work has been piling up. But fret not, some new work has finally found it's way online.

Let's start of with some furniture shopping in Yaounde, Cameroon.

All images shot on the Fuji X-T2 with the XF35/2.

Monrovia, Liberia by Tom Henderix

A several dozen mile long squall line coming in from the south while on approach into Monrovia, Liberia. The fast moving cloud cover combined with an African sunset makes for some epic views. Too bad a plane can't hover in place so we could enjoy the view a bit longer...

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 & XF 35/2.

 

Pilots for cancer research, the Aviatrix Project by Tom Henderix

Julien, as he would have featured on next year's Aviatrix Calendar.

The Aviatrix Calendar Project was founded by a small group of women pilots in 2015. Celebrating Emelie's fifth year of being free of cancer, the idea was to publish a stylish calendar with photographic portraits of women pilots to help raise funds for Cancerfoden, the Swedish cancer research society.

Emelie's fight is not over, but every day she inspires those around her by focussing on her career as a full-time commercial pilot who at the same time promotes a healthy lifestyle in her everyday life.

The group felt that a calendar would be the perfect way to inspire future pilots to pursue their dreams, while supporting a cause that affects all of us today.

 

For the 2018 calendar edition it was decided to expand the lineup to include male pilots. The aim was to make a calendar with twelve pilots who had all battled with cancer in some way. Unfortunately the project had to be put on hold, as the organisation became unmanageable due to cancer affecting several members of the organising committee once more.

Eight of the pilot portraits were scheduled to be made in Las Vegas by a fellow pilot who was also a photographer, with the remaining four being produced in Belgium by me. Since I had already scheduled one of the portraits with Julien, we went ahead and did the shoot anyway.

Julien is one of my fellow pilots who flies for Brussels Airlines. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in April 2013. Luckily his cancer was discovered at an early stage and, after six months of treatments, he is now in a seven-year monitoring period. The support of his family, friends and former girlfriend has really helped him through the rough times.

If you would like to support the fight against cancer, please click on one of the links below to make a donation to the cancer charity of your choice. Any help is greatly appreciated.

We shot this series of images with a Yak 52 at the airport of Temploux, Namur. All images made with a Fujifilm X-T2, XF 16/1.4, XF 35/2 & XF 50-140/2.8.