Paul Bowen has been capturing the magic of flight through aviation photography for more than four decades. Countless images and more than 1,000 magazine covers later — including many, many cover shots for Flying — Bowen's work continues to stand out as the cream of the crop, and he remains easily identifiable as one of the most renowned and skilled photographers in the business. His ability to capture wing-tip vortices is breathtaking, and his expert use of light and background has drawn award after award over the years. As far as what it takes to get the job done, Bowen usually relies on a Canon and his favorite photo shoot platform, a B-25. He likes to shoot images from the tail gunner's position while also directing what he calls the "aerial ballet" of the formation flying via intercom. As if it weren't enough that Bowen's photographs bring the beauty of aviation to life, he is the real deal in terms of an aviation enthusiast and doesn't hesitate to exclaim that he has the best job in the industry.
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