Friday, December 16, 2011

Florida and the Bahamas from sea level to 1000 feet, Part 2

At the end of part 1 of the series, we were ready to leave Vero Beach, FL, the birthplace of every Piper aircraft for the beautiful islands of the Bahamas.
Piper aircraft factory at Vero Beach, FL 

For those of you that don't know, the Bahamas are an independent country East of Florida and North of Cuba, consisting of 29 island and 661 cays (small sandy islands). Total population is just over 300.000 people.
Crystal clear waters at Cocodimama resort, Governors Harbour, Bahamas
The crystal clear water with their great beaches are a dream for landscape photography. 

After a one hour flight from Florida, we cleared customs at the Freeport, Grand Bahama airport and then continued South-East bound where we ended up at Governors Harbour, Eleuthera. 

Cocodimama resort at Governors Harbour, Bahamas
We spend the night at the Cocodimama resort, a small scale three bungalow resort right on the beach where being stressed is close to impossible!

Yours truly in front of the Cessna C172 SP used for the trip
The main reason the Bahamas have been on my bucket list for quite a while, is the amazing potential for aerial photography. Needless to say that picking the right aircraft for the job is essential. Even though not perfect, a high wing Cessna 172, like the one we rented, is a very good start... In order to avoid reflections, a quick modification to the window, allows it to stay fully open in the airflow. 

Rugid coasline over Eleuthera, Bahamas
Most aerial images on the trip were shot from altitudes between 500 to 1000 feet. The world is so much nicer from 1000 feet!

Closed Cape Eleuthera airport, Bahamas
Just like for most photography trips, location scouting has proved to be essential. There is no way, I would have found this disused airport without the online research!

On part 3 of the series, we will be changing islands...

Till then,

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