Here is a shoot I did for the Miami Open. I had to get a very specific shot overlooking the stadium. You can see what it took to take this shot and the exact shot at the end of the video. During our flight I also shot some artistic shots you can see here. Let me tell you, there is nothing like flying and shooting from a helicopter.
I was hired by the Miami Open to do an aerial photo shoot of their stadium. This was by a tall order. The shot they wanted had to be a head on shot of the stadium during a game but the helicopter could not interrupt the game. I had to make sure I had the right equipment for the job, I knew what time I had to be on top of the stadium to minimize shadows, and also I had to make sure I understood how high up the helicopter had to be up in the air in order to be silent to the players.
Lucky for me I have done lots of helicopter work. I knew exactly what had to be done to get the job done. The pitch angle of the helicopter was so crazy I felt like I was going to fall out. (thats what happens when you are hanging out of a helicopter with the doors off) The job took about 2 weeks to complete. From the initial meeting to the actual delivery of physical prints. (thats what the client wanted)
When you sign up for a job like this you have to make sure you do not go in over your head. This could of been one of those jobs if you didn’t understand how aerial photography works.
If you ever take on a job like this make sure you know a great pilot that can help you get the job done in a safe and timely manor.
The first image is what I was hired for. The rest of the images I got for the client as a small token of my appreciation for giving me the job.
If you need a aerial photo shoot anywhere in the world, contact me. I will be happy to help you. If you are an aerial photographer and have any questions, drop them on the comments below.