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Exotic Wings & Exotic Wings Extreme

Bringing you the best opportunities in aviation photography…

Travel to the action, immerse yourself photography, shoot rarities, visit ‘bucket list’ destinations, experience the thrill of the chase, learn from specialists all over the world, enjoy a fantastic social scene… There really is nothing like it.

COAP has decades of professional experience in delivering aviation photography, whether it’s a professional and enthusiast engagement across military air arms and commercial operators, visiting airshows or conducting air-to-air photography sorties.

These operations are strictly for photographers and are dedicated to spending quality time in the best vantage points, often executed with local knowledge and experience in place, and sometimes working towards a specific end result for our hosts.

Such visits may include a Workshop tutorial or have a Masterclass built into them, whereby aircrew or specialist aviation photographers will present to the group in a relaxed, interactive format.

The EW Extreme operations include travel off the beaten track, and are more suited to the dedicated photographer that loves the thrill of the chase. They offer a chance to travel with pro aviation shooters, with in-country experience and local contacts, which otherwise may be too daunting or difficult to achieve. Not for the faint-hearted, you never know what you are going to get on the adventure, but if you do come away with results they will surely be of the highest and rarest quality.

Exotic Wings overview…

•  Small groups of dedicated photographers, spending quality time immersed in aviation photography.
•  Shadow the pros and develop your technique.
•  Workshop/Masterclass often built into the assignment.
•  Produce stunning end results.
•  Solid travel itinerary.

  • What doesn’t change are the principles of great access and the opportunity to test and enhance your photographic skills not to mention the social side of gathering with fellow enthusiasts.

    Ian, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • This week has been one of the best weeks of my life. It was nothing short of amazing. I'm so passionate about my photography and finally feel I have found a place to learn more with COAP. And to top it all one of the pilots wants one of my images!

    Mark, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • We never shot from the same place twice; between the different vantage points, the changing light and weather, and the reversal of flight ops as the wind switched, there was such a variety to the photographic opportunities.

    Steve, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • These have been immensely enjoyable, well run, good value bearing in mind the opportunities they deliver and all with a great social atmosphere, comradeship and not forgetting the essential ingredient of a good dose of banter!

    Tim, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • Long days and an epic week that none of us will ever forget with experiences that will live for us forever. Fantastic COAP trip.

    Carl, Exotic Wings traveller.

  • Exotic Wings #62

    The ultimate Lightroom Workshop? An absolute ‘Bucket List’ item, St Maarten is a tropical paradise island in the Caribbean - with one of the most spectacular airport approaches in the world! We will spend an entire week there as a photography Workshop, staying at an all-inclusive hotel, with live shoots, challenges, and hands-on and classroom tuition. It will also include the super dramatic excursion to St Barts – and the landings at this regional airport will take your breath away!

    What you can expect:

    • * Shoot spectacular images on one of the world’s most famous beaches.
    • * Travel to remote islands for some real eye-opening shots.
    • * Learn Adobe Lightroom and build a brilliant portfolio.
    • * Tick off a total ‘Bucket List’ destination.
    • * Enjoy an all-inclusive resort, right on the beach, and the Caribbean winter sun!
    • * Suitable for partners!


    This really is something special.

    It will be like nothing you've ever shot before, a perfect place to bring your partner, a great injection of winter sunshine in the Caribbean AND a chance to learn the tips, tricks and techniques to hone your post-processing skills in Adobe Lightroom from pro user, Rich Cooper. The shots will blow you away (pretty much 'literally'!) What's more it's ALL-INCLUSIVE and the beach is walking distance, with it's own sandy beach bar. 

    The St Maarten airport itself is special, a real bucket list to shoot, with its extreme low-approach over the beach... But it gets even more crazy at St Barts, where the regional commuter types have to dive nose-first over a cliff edge to land on the tarmac at head-height. An unforgettable photographic and leisure experience.

    This is the outline itinerary...

    Sunday 12th January 2020: Arrival in St Maarten. Travel arrangements from any part of the world can be booked to suit your needs to arrive at meeting point at the Sonesta Maho beach Hotel, cocktail in hand.

    Monday 13th January 2020: The first day of shooting at Princess Juliana International Airport, with the various vantage points visited, but concentrating on the famous beach approach, cocktail in hand... After dinner in our all-inclusive hotel, the evening will be spent in an informal LR Workshop to go over the programme, how it's used, the strengths and weaknesses and to start processing the images of the day. It will then be followed by moving on to more intermediate and pro-level editing as the week develops and we have more incredible images to edit!

    Tuesday 14th January 2020: More crazy action on the beach at St Maarten, and the surrounding area.

    Wednesday 15th January 2020: A free day, to do as you choose, in this Caribbean paradise.

     Thursday 16th January 2020: Today goes up another gear in the incredible stakes... As we undertake a regional excursion to the island of St Barts. This airport will be like nothing you have ever seen before, with the regional turboproops diving nose-first over a cliff edge to land on the idyllic runway. It really is out of this world. We'll then hit LR again to put all the tricks into practice to build an awesome portfolio of your work.

    Friday 17th January 2020: A final chance to soak in the sun and action at Princess Juliana International and tie up any loose ends from the different angles, before we then embark on our journeys home.

    COSTS: Fully inclusive hotel, six days, five nights, single rooms (double on request), return flights to St Barts, hire of meeting rooms and LR Workshops: £2795
    (Flights to St Maarten from your choice of airport are available for quotation on request)



    Joining & Booking

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    2) WATCH YOUR INBOX: Once this is ready to book we will contact you directly.
    3) BOOK: Login to the site and this page will become live for bookings. All you need to do is click the red button and fill in the booking form (and remember to pack your camera!)

    Questions about the Operations of the Event? E-mail Rich on rich@centreofaviationphotography.com or call direct on +44 (0)7768 816029

    THE SMALL PRINT: All dates are preliminary until confirmed and ready for booking. All events are subject to change (especially the Assignments, as they are conducted with operational squadrons) and are subject to security, operational, technical or weather issues. As such, COAP, Service Providers and the respective militaries are not responsible for cancellation at any stage, bad weather or non-flying activity. Safety and Insurance is your own responsibility and risk. Safety and insurance is your own responsibility and risk. Please note that some Assignments can be very, very physically demanding, in extreme weather, for extended periods of time, with intense , fast-moving activity and any bookings are accepted on that basis. If you have any questions about the physical undertaking, please get in contact.

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