Aerial Shooting

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a ride in a helicopter. Can’t begin to tell you how excited I was, I’d never been in one before and now I was going for my very own private ride along the coast of Dorset.

It was a bit of a last minute thing. Literary I was having a drink with the pilot’s family when he called and asked if I would like to go for a ride in 10 minutes. It took me less than half a second to say yes please. I then sprinted home to grab my Canon EOS 7D, which luckily was charged and packed for a shoot I was planning for later that day. With camera in hand I was running to the field where the pilot going to land. I got there just in time to watch him coming in.

How can I describe what it was like to fly? Well simply put, it’s the way to travel and from a photography/film point of view, what an opportunity. Having not planned this trip, the aerial shoot was done on a trail and error basis, trying to cut the motion blur out and getting rid of reflections from the window.

I ended putting the shutter on a fast speed and I got some truly beautiful shots.

Now I can’t stop thinking about the hugely cinematic establishing aerial shot that I want to start my next film with. Dream on Aaron, dream on.

p.s. Just want to add a huge thank you to the pilot, it was an experience I will never forget.


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