Frequently Asked Questions
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Do you use a helicopter or an airplane to do aerial photography?
Both, but for the most part an airplane due to cost. Helicopter costs are about four times higher to operate.
Do you use a belly camera or other means to do aerial photography?
A belly camera (fixed camera in a bubble housing beneath the plane) tends to give a flat view and is great for tree counting and topographical work. Most of my work requires a better depth of field for buildings and resorts. I therefore shoot from the side of the plane with the door removed.
Can you do aerial virtual tours?
Yes, this is where often we use a helicopter especially for golf courses. The course would need to be closed for the period that we cover the course as we are usually about 100' above the ground.
How much notice do you require to do aerial photography?
We try to accommodate your timeline. However we prefer to do a ground survey prior to flying to ensure we know the property boundaries and any highlights you may want to have a close up of. Otherwise it's a matter of scheduling some good weather with God!!
Every spring I have ducks nesting at my cottage. I try to get a picture but can never get close enough. Do you have any hints?
If your camera can be fitted with a remote shutter release, construct a portable rain shelter (four corners and a piece of plywood angled for a roof - nothing that will flap such as plastic, since you don't want to upset the duck), place it a comfortable distance from the nest and leave it. Check the nest periodically. If the duck was upset, she may build a new nest and move her eggs. If she stays, allow a couple of days then mount your camera on a tripod and run an air type shutter release to a further distance and wait till she returns to get your photo.
How far from a bear do I need to be to get a good photograph and remain safe?
See aerial photography!
There is always a risk when shooting wildlife, and bears are one of the riskiest. If you see bear cubs stay in your vehicle. If walking, forget the photos and walk in the opposite direction as far as you can. Even when using a telephoto lens, I am careful and try to be aware of everything around me. I have been charged by elk in what I thought was a safe area.