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Old Jun 17, 2010, 12:59 AM   #1
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Early spring I sent in a resume applying for an aerial photography freelance position and was chosen from dozens of applicants! The job is to take photos of real estate property for commercial purposes from small planes or helicopters. My wife and kids all say this is the perfect 'mid-life crises' job and fits me well.

Today we went up flying around and headed straight into a massive storm cell moving into the area. The flight was fairly calm until we came within a mile of the gigantic wall of surging clouds and the plane dropped and climbed a few times before the pilot decided he wanted to turn around and head back to the airport. We landed just in time and parked before being overcome by the storm! What a blast it was and it was thrilling to shoot out the plane's open window.
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Old Jun 17, 2010, 2:28 AM   #2
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Congrats on the great job which you richly deserve, Kevin
Glad to see mother nature also provided you elements to make artistic shots out of business thanks to your good taste and skill : )
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Old Jun 17, 2010, 8:07 PM   #3
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Thanks Bahadir for those words! Here's a shot just as we parked the plane. 5 more minutes in the air and we would have missed our window of opportunity to land.
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Really nice shots
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Congratulations on snagging your dream job! I hope it's all you desire. Fantastic images!
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Spectacular shots!
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I like them both, but that first one is just stunning.
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Spy, what magnificent photos!
A lovely amount of detail and dynamic range. You nailed the exposure imho.
I particularly appreciate the 'ridge' of cloud in the 1st one. Was it noisy / windy with the plane's window open? I've been up in a small plane before with a mate who is a pilot... but all windows closed.
Congrats on the job - may it be a joy to you (and productive for those you work with and for). Do keep sharing your pics!
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Dude, I want that first shot on my wall. Seriously.

Gratz on the awesome new job!
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Old Jun 18, 2010, 8:14 AM   #10
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Thanks to everyone that commented! Paul, it wasn't windy in the cab with the window open. I shot from just inside the "slip stream" (as they call it) however, it may be a different story when they send me up in a helicopter as both doors have to come off!!

It was louder but you wear head phones and can still talk back and forth with the pilot.

One of my jobs here is to communicate with the pilot and tell them what I want them to do so for the first shot, as the wing was in the frame I had him bank hard to the left to lift the wing up......and I thought amusement park rides were fun. 8>)

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