Monday, August 31, 2009

Bird's-eye view

It's been a while since my last blogpost... still busy preparing an exciting trip early September. The full story at the end of this post!
Before we go any further, the earlier problems with leaving a comment at the bottom of the blog have been solved. Your comments are very much appreciated!

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Most of you probably know that aviation has been my number one passion since a very young age. Aerial photography offers a great combination with my second passion, "Photography".
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Since mankind first flew, it created a complete different view on the world below. It was the French photographer Gaspard-Felix, also known as Nadar, who practiced Aerial Photography for the first time in 1858 over Paris.
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Having been in and around aircraft for 35 years (first airplane ride when I was 4...) I'm still fascinated by what is visible from a "Flying machine", be it a modern 300 passenger airliner or a little single-engine sports aircraft. It's not without reason some people call our workspace "the office with the best view in the world" !

Lets look at a few more examples of my Aerial Photography:
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Interesting patterns on agricultural fields in Arizona, USA, make for a nice photo subject.


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As well as the parallel lines of the railway station in Kortrijk, Belgium

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Sometimes aerial photography reveals things that are barely visible from the ground, like this mixing of 2 water types a few miles offshore of the French Riviera, Nice.

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Another interesting one, is this cloud shadow close to Entebbe, Uganda.

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Sometimes including part of the aircraft structure, like on this shot of Monument Valley Arizona, gives an extra dimension. I kind of like the reflection on the wing on the shooting platform, a Cessna C172SP.


Getting back to the trip planning of the beginning of the blogpost... September 4th, I'm off to the USA with my wife for another exciting mix of aviation and photography. We will be renting a single engine Cessna 172SP out of Livermore (East of San Francisco) and fly ourselves up North along the beautiful Oregon coast to Seattle, WA. If all goes as planned we will be flying back to the San Francisco area, inland along beautiful volcanos Mount Rainier, Mt St Helen, Mount Adams and Mount Hood... Since my wife Djamila, will be doing most of the flying, there should be plenty of aerial photo opportunities.
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The second half of the trip will be ground transport based. Planning to rent an RV camper we intend to visit Ansel Adams' Yosemite, Mono Lake, Bodie, Lake Tahoe and the famous Reno Air Races. The last one is the Worlds' Mecca of Air Racing. A unique annual event held every September in Reno, Nevada, where different classes of aircraft race each other around pylons in the desert.


Needless to say that somewhere after our return date of September 23rd, the above should provide plenty of material for quite a few blogposts. Due to our busy travel schedule I unfortunately won't be able to blog from the US. Those of you following me on Facebook, will be able to receive some updates of our travels.


The impatient ones can have a look here at our previous Flying holidays out of Phoenix Arizona and New Zealand.




Fly safe and happy shooting,


Bjorn




1 comment:

Bjorn Moerman said...

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Bjorn