Photography has taken me all kinds of places, most recently up in a helicopter over Florida for a project I did for Visit Florida. We were taking aerial shots of various scenic highways throughout the state. These images are from that shoot as well as some other aerial shots I’ve taken.
Aerial photography is a specialized form of image making. One cannot just go up in a plane or helicopter and lean out the window and make good images.
As with photos made on terra firma, it is important to be at the right altitude to compose the photo, at the correct angle to make the subject look as good as it can, and as with other photography, lighting is important.
Aerials done mid day end up being created with flat light, and there is no depth to the image. Early morning or late afternoon light give the aerial images extra shadow and depth detail and also have that special light look that one gets when the sun is lower on the horizon.
Photography is an art, a science and always an adventure. Enjoy!