Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 4: From a Helicopter

Posted on 1st June, 2018

In the first part of this series, I talked about shooting Kilauea's lava surface-flows using a drone. In the second part, I talked about shooting the lava with a DSLR from the ground. In the third, I talked about shooting from a dedicated lava-viewing boat. I'd like to finish this series with a short article about shooting the lava from a helicopter. I will also try to sum up the lava shooting part of my Hawaii trip, and survey how it ended up being published. I was very...

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Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to Melt a drone

Posted on 6th December, 2017

In October this year, I spent 2 weeks shooting in Hawaii. My first stop was Big Island, where a friend and I shot the lava flows of Puʻu ʻŌʻō—a volcanic cone in the eastern rift zone of Kīlauea, a currently active shield volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, and the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaii (commonly known as Big Island). The Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater has been erupting continuously since January 3,...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Aerial Photography - Part 4: Technique

Posted on 13th March, 2017

In the previous article in this series, I talked about the equipment one might use for aerial photography. So what about technique, and especially camera settings? What should you consider when shooting from the air?  The important thing to remember here is that you’re shooting from a moving, vibrating aircraft instead of from stable ground. This simply means that in order to keep your shots sharp, you’ll need to use a high shutter speed. Remember that the...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Aerial Photography - Part 3: Equipment

Posted on 26th November, 2016

In previous articles I've discussed the advantages of aerial photography and shooting from a helicopter as opposed to shooting from a light plane. But are there any special considerations with regard to equipment when shooting from the air? Since we’ve already established that it’s the superior choice (at least in my opinion), let’s concentrate on the helicopter first. An open door gives the photographer a vast range of angle options, and...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Aerial Photography - Part 2: Aircraft

Posted on 11th August, 2016

In the previous article I talked about some of the advantages of aerial photography. But how does one do it in the real world? Let’s start with the aircraft. There are two main options here: a light airplane or a helicopter. Yes, you can shoot from a hot air balloon but it’s not really an option in most places, plus it’s far less maneuverable, so I’ll gently disregard it. Also, while drones are taking the world of aerial photography by storm, the...

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The Good, the Bad and The Ugly of Aerial Photography - Part 1: Why Shoot Aerials?

Posted on 11th August, 2016

Man has always had the dream of flight – but so has the photographer. It’s a unique experience to shoot from the air, and it has some incredible benefits in many senses. But as one might discover, it often carries a number of problems and a hefty price tag. I personally started my romance with serious aerial photography about three years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. My experiences have mostly been amazing but admittedly not always so, and I’ve come to...

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