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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 #66

    And now for something completely different… Another ‘Bucket List’ item, Cuba! This nation is astonishing for its history, culture and its way of life. We will be there with special guided photography excursions on and off the beaten track, shooting the scenes, life, culture and – importantly – the array of 1950s and 1960s classic cars that are in daily use due to the unique economy. This will be a chance to try your hand at new genres and crucially learn the processing of Adobe Lightroom on-location, and we will be having an in-country expert on the off-the-beaten track life and locations as our personal guide! Of course, there’s some aviation elements to this fascinating country and these will form exciting excursions with the Cuban AF museums and history in the mix. This is the first of a brand-new series of events that will stretch to new genres of photography – and what a programme we have for 2021!

    What to expect:

    • • The incredible sights of Cuba!
    • • Dedicated photography adventure.
    • • Shoot people, architecture, classic cars, street photography and aviation! A multi-genre photography fest!
    • • Adobe Lightroom and Photography Workshops on-location.
    • • Special, dedicated excursions with local guides for more amazing photography!

     Sunday 29th March: Our small but perfectly-formed group of intrepid photographers will meet in the arrivals hall of Havana's José Martí International Airport around 2100hrs. After collecting our private minivan, we head straight to the hotel in time for a swift mojito or two. 

    Monday 30th March - Saturday 4th March: What an adventure awaits! This is all about the photography, so expect some direct tuition, hands on learning as well as going out and pushing yourself to try new things or develop existing skills... all in one of the most photogenic locations in the entire world.
    Street, Landscape, Portrait, Automobile, Architecture, Culture, with a little aviation, all combine with an unbelievable food and drinks scene. What a trip!
    We will have time to ourselves, as a group, and also be joined by our very own local guide (specifically for photography) - not only an expert in the world-famous Cuban locations, but crucially there for the local, off-track scene to capture the real life! 

    Sunday 5th April: Departure day, with flights home.

    (Return flights to Havana from your local airport are available upon request)

    EW66 COSTS: Eight days travel, seven nights quality hotel accommodation, single rooms, all in-country transport, logistics, booking, admin, TC services, COAP management, local photography guide and programme around Havana area, day excursion into Vinales, ATOL protection: From £1995.

    (Flights to Havana from your choice of airport available for quotation on request).


    HOW TO BOOK: Please send an e-mail to contact@centreofaviationphotography.com indicating which trip you would like and whether you would like a quote for flights from your originating airport too.


    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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