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Welcome to my portfolio

Its mostly landscapes and aircraft pics in here. I have had a go at most things over the years and occasionally still branch out, but those two are the only things I consistently upload.
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I am a partially reconstructed geek, managing platform development and support teams for a living and taking the odd photo when time allows. I live near Oxford with my wife Elisabetta, son Jake and 2 daughters Jessica and Sophie.

Although I have had an SLR since I was about 8 (a Zenith B) and enjoyed taking pictures as a child, it fell by the wayside during my 20s and it was only after I met my wife in 2000 and started exploring more of the UK and her native Italy that I started to get the itch again.

I have been using a digital SLR since 2004 starting with a Pentax *istD followed by a K10D and a K20D. I switched to Canon in July 2010 with a 7D as I needed faster AF and frame rate for my airshow work. I now use a 5D MkIII and/or 7D MkII when I am out with the sole intention of taking pictures and a Canon M5 kit that I use when I am out with my family and photography is secondary.

Supplemented of course with the almost obligatory modern life addition of a smartphone.

Still learning, still trying to improve, still worried that I am actually getting worse!



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Canonshots 8 196 13 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2018 8:18PM
I'm a model aircraft freak myself, but I love your shots of full-size planes.

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27 Jul 2018 5:23PM
A wonderfully varied portfolio of images! I especially enjoy the aviation shots which cover an astonishing variety of types and have a remarkable dynamic quality. Smile
Canonshots 8 196 13 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2017 9:00PM
Some first-rate aircraft pics here. I'm adding you to my following list.
Johno450 8 24 1 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 6:18AM
Super impressive PF... aircraft shots are spot on Grin
NickHaigh 7 22 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 8:42AM
Superb collection of aircraft images, super sharp and well composed. Much better than mine taken at Waddington this year....but it was my first attempt!
Cor 10 Belgium
3 Jul 2012 9:40AM
cuffit Plus
12 336 5 England
23 Jun 2012 6:31PM
By chance I caught sight of one of your aircraft pics and wanted to see more; a really impressive portfolio. All your photos are excellent and the jets pin sharp which is no mean feat given the speed they do. I enjoyed looking. Chris
BillyGoatGruff 12 191 199 England
25 Aug 2011 12:17PM
Impressive PF, Neil!

Must return when I've got more time!

WildLight 11 145 3 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2009 10:58AM
Fantastic PF, Niel!
Your landscapes in particular are just stunning!
Will be back soon!

FredF 12 1 France
25 Nov 2009 9:21AM
Fantastic portfolio.

greatdog 11 21 England
4 Aug 2009 7:11PM
Great shots,superb colour and detail in all,especially love the aircraft ones,Dane.
dave1207 11 14 England
2 Aug 2009 9:42AM
Really superb aircraft shots......enjoyed my visit.
starlion 10 3 Ukraine
28 Jan 2009 12:53PM
Your aircraft shots are superb! As well Landscapes and HDR images.
User_Removed 12 485 13 England
20 Sep 2008 8:31AM
Neil just wanted to say what a stunning PF you have. Wide and varied subject matter, but what shines through is the out and out quality and attention to detail that makes your work so compelling. A big fan of yours

Gaz_H 12 150 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2008 12:31AM
Absolutely stunning images as always Neil. All unique with bags of atmosphere.

7 Jul 2008 9:37PM
wow some great images fantastic work
14 May 2008 9:52AM
Wonderful portfolio.
StevesPics 11 6 England
11 Mar 2008 9:20AM
Your gallery was a real pleasure to browse through. Excellent work from a wide range of subjects. Keep them coming.
Regards, Steve
KJackson 11 7 1 England
21 Feb 2008 12:56PM
Fantastic plane shots, a pleasure to view
Brenty 12 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2008 1:22PM
Great plane shots
SamGillespie 13 94 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2007 11:25AM
I really want to go to Japan one day and your pictures make me want to go even more!
Great series, looking forward to more.
TattySnapper 13 10 England
19 Sep 2007 7:02PM
Not desperately interested in aircrafts, but your black and white portraits are first rate. Your 'Chaucer' shot is brilliant!

Keep up the good work!
29 Aug 2007 7:02AM
Love your portfolio! Especially your plane shots. Great work!
ToothPilot 12 50 4 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2007 8:16PM
I am a pilot myself and the aviation shots here are brilliant. Well done.
dave1207 11 14 England
27 Aug 2007 7:58PM
Fantastic aircraft shots I take my hat off to you. Really must give it a try myself. Very well done.
Gaz_H 12 150 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2007 8:38AM
Hi Neil, as an avid aircraft fanatic I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your RIAT and Duxford uploads. Absolute sheer joy to view.

PaulaLey 13 31 England
19 Jun 2007 1:17PM
Hi Neil - haven't logged on for a while but when I did I was really taken with your recent portraits. You have had some great results with your lights - your set of family portraits are fab.

Take care

13 Jun 2007 5:29PM
You have a great PF the Kenilworth shots caught my eye as I used to live there. I love your aviation shots but also your landscape and architecture, particularly those shot of City Hall.

owp 14 168
12 Feb 2007 10:34AM
. . . I've enjoyed browsing through your P F . . a lot of very good images! . . keep up the good work . .
7 Feb 2007 6:13PM
You have some nice work in your portfolio chap.I must admit I love aviation photography.I go to as many airshows as possible.Your other work is good but your aircraft are superb.

All the best Pete
pamelajean Plus
13 1.1k 2081 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2006 2:17AM
I have just spent an enjoyable time browsing through the images you have uploaded whilst I have been on holiday, and I have to say that I especially liked the Van Gogh (innovative indeed), the 4 autumnal woods (close to my heart) and the moorhen (perfect reflection). I have a lot to catch up with, Neil, but it is a pleasurable pursuit.
4 Dec 2006 11:05PM
Neil, Glad you stopped by my gallery & thank you for taking the time to comment. You have wonderful assortment of images in yourself that are beautifully captured. Keep up the great work.

7 Sep 2006 5:16PM
I agree! What's lovely portfolio. Well done! Shan
Gray22 13
19 Jul 2006 1:36PM
There's some great work in this portfolio...

Deserves much more attention...


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  • ePHOTOzine Plus Member Plus Member
  • Name
    Neil O'Connell
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
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  • Photographic Interests

    Wildlife / Nature
    Flash / Lighting
    Landscape / Travel
    Portraits / People
    Sports / Action
    Digitally manipulated
    Black & White
    Night / Low Light
  • Favourites

    Dan Simmons - Hyperion Cantos
    Queens of the stone age ...Like Clockwork
    A good malt
    That mountain
    Purple ones