Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pic(k) of the week 9: AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY - FUJIFILM X-H1

Aerial Photography - Even after all those years, watching the world below us, is without a doubt one of the best things about the flying job I do for a living. It really is the best office in the world! Needless to say, that I'm not clicking away while flying the plane but I love to Focus on the World below!

What all of us can do however, even as non-pilots, is rent a plane with a pilot for an hour (or less), in order to do a sightseeing/aerial photography trip. These trips are often much more affordable than what one initially thinks. Check with the company renting the aircraft, if photography is allowed and preferably rent a "high wing airplane" as it makes it much easier to shoot below. Make sure that you clearly brief your pilot before, about what you want.  

The San Francisco Bay Area is a great place to do such a thing. Several small airplane rental places organize Bay Tours (check out San Carlos and Palo Alto airports), which offers great views on things like the Golden gate bridge, city and airport of San Francisco and some interesting nature reserves on the East side of the bay. 

One of them is located just next to the Facebook Headquarters and close to the Palo Alto airport. As often is the case in my Aerial Photography, I was attracted to the interesting patterns; almost looking like the surface of Mars. 

As I'm not sure how exactly the place was formed, I would like to hear from anybody who has more info on the location. 

Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-H1 with the XF18-135 lens
  • ISO 200, f 9.0, 1/480s, 88mm 
  • Lightroom CC for RAW development 
  • Nik ColorEfex pro with Pro Contrast filter
This was the first time using the Fujifilm X-H1 for Aerial photography. Using a camera with IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) for aerial photography seems to be the way to go!

Time permitting, I plan on writing a more extensive blogpost about Aerial photography, hopefully by the end of March. Meanwhile more of my Aerial photography (all shot with Fujifilm Series cameras) can be found here

Last but not least, if you are interested in the new X-H1 camera, please check out my recent review here

Remember: "You haven't seen a tree until you have seen its shadow from the sky" - Amelia Earhart.


Grzegorz said...

Great shot! How do you control the camera remotely?

Bjorn Moerman said...

Why do you think, I shot the camera remotely?

Grzegorz said...

I thought you were shooting the photos from the drone. ;)