Mark Makowski

Mark Makowski

Hello, I’m retired from the US Air Force, currently located in Yorktown, Virginia, and I’m an advanced amateur photographer.  I work on Langley AFB so, in addition to air shows, I have easy access to US and NATO aircraft that visit here.  I started photography in the late 70’s using an Olympus SLR with a 55mm lens.  I took mostly scenic shots of places I visited. In the mid-80’s, as part of my formal training as an imagery intelligence officer, the coursework included black and white photogrammetry.  Those were the only sensors in the inventory at that time; coursework included detailed photogrammetry along with airborne optics and their limitations.  Since I’ve loved aircraft as long as I can remember, becoming an aviation photographer was an easy transition.  When I’m not able to photograph aircraft, I use my gear to photograph birds in flight (BIF), usually birds of prey.  I also like landscape photography, specifically fall foliage.

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