Maxim, our videographer in the Aviation Photocrew has cooked up a great showreel of what we do. It’s crazy how this video popped up at random sites and gained almost 50000 views in a week! Even the post I made on the Apron6 Facebook page reached 3000 people. So I guess it’s worth sharing here as well as it gives a new look on how many of the pictures on this blog are made.
Earlier this week I posted some photos from when I went flying with Bjorn Moerman in his Piper Cub. The flight wasn’t just a pleasure flight. It turned out to be an A2A shoot.
We were joined by the rare Tipsy Trainer and another Cub. The Tipsy is extra special to me, not only because there are very few flyable Tipsy’s left, but also because this was my first air to air subject back in 2008. I have shot it on a couple of occasions since that first shoot, but it’s always a great sight to have it fly alongside you. The warm autumn light and colours made it even better.
During the flight back to Wevelgem we were joined by a SV-4, another Belgian made airplane (just as the Tipsy). And again a special plane as my first photoship, during that flight in 2008,was an SV-4.
In the past few years I’ve been fortunate to fly with some very good and experienced pilots. Most of them know how to fly for photos and don’t need much directing. Bjorn is also one of those pilots. Being a photographer himself, he knows how to position his Cub in order to let me take a good photo. I didn’t need to say a word. All I had to do was hit the button! Bjorn is also the only Fujifilm photographer I know in the aviation world and one of the people who convinced me to make the big switch from Nikon to Fuji.
You should definitely check out his blog: http://bjornmoerman.blogspot.ae
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Last week I made a blogpost about the night flight I did above NY.
The flight was quite tricky so I thought it might be interesting to write down some of the things I learned from this experience.
I’m not going to go on about aerial photography, that will follow in a different post. But I do want to talk about shooting landscape at night while flying a helicopter.
Everyone with some experience in flying helicopters knows things get shakey. Ad the excitement and cold of hanging out of a helicopter and things get difficult. I wanted to keep my ISO as low as possible and my shutter speed as high as possible. Quite soon during the flight I realized I’d better change my tactics. My ISO went up to 6400 and my shutter speed as low as 1/60th of a second while keeping my aperture quite low at 3.5.
Our first stop was the Statue of Liberty. The statue is lit up very brightly so again I realized my settings weren’t good. I set my ISO on auto and kept switching my shutter speed between 1/60th and 1/125th.
So what I learned is to keep your shutter at a comfortable speed considering the situation and to keep one of your settings on auto. This way you don’t have to switch every time the lighting changes when shooting different buildings or parts of the city. Last but not least I learned to shoot many photos. It’s better to shoot a building 50 times and have a couple of sharp photos, cause with speeds at 1/60th you will have blurred ones for sure.
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