Don’t you remember as a kid wishing you could fly? There is something magnificant about seeing birds in flight gliding down for a landing, or a glider flying overhead, tipping their wing to say hello and actually seeing their face!
On a recent aviation photoshoot of the hawkerbeechcraftkingair, nature provided so many incredible backdrops to photograph the airplanes. You develop quite an appreciation for the enginuity and sophicitication of the planes. They glide so effortlessly through the sky, but having been inside the cockpit many times, I know how complex the instrumentation is to allow this plane to function at such extreme levels. It is easy to get lost in the flight and yet, it’s connecting with my subject that allows me to express the beauty of the subject.
Aviation Photography is truly in the eye of the beholder.
I never tire of an aerial view. Everytime I feel like a kid playing I spy, so much to see! I have even developed a stomach of steel (no, I did not say abs of steel) to handle the quick, swift banks to get into position for just the right image. Working with pilots that have experience in flying for aerial photography is important in getting those images. Aerial Photography requires patience in the production department. There are many factors to consider from equipment, crew, locations, gps, weather, etc, etc, etc…..
My selection of a pilot is the same criteria I have for a surgeon if I ever need one; bring your A game, no wild parties the night before (no double or blurred vision please) and its okay if you are the cockiest rooster in the henhouse ’cause I’d like to land with both feet.
My aerial projects have provided for many laughs and never to be forgotten adventures. I have met some amazing pilots from vietnam vets that flew jets down into canyons to pilots that have taxied many a who’s who.
Today’s project, windturbines hopefully a soon to be common sight throughout our country.