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User currently offlineCor From South Africa, joined Mar 2007, 14 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6885 times:

Hallo

I am curious as to how many aviation photographers are also pilots. Are all aviation photographers aviation addicts?
I always look up at planes flying over even if I have seen them hundreds of times. What extreme chances have you taken to get that great shot?

Thank you
Cornelius

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User currently offlinecommpilot From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6825 times:

I'll add a +1 for myself.

User currently offlinedamien846 From UK - England, joined Dec 2006, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6767 times:

Pilot first.....photographer a very close second! Love both.
Extreme.......not too extreme, but do like the top of our fuel bowser, I need to learn to duck...hehe.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tupperware_pilot/7190123954/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tupperw...e_pilot/7190125090/in/photostream/


User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2730 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6729 times:

Photographer first, pilot second but when you're planning "exciting" type photos you can NEVER compromise flight safety. It sometimes takes months of planning and preparation to achieve photographically what you imagined in your mind.

These are a couple of the best I've done (IMHO) but even then, I wouldn't characterize them as "extreme chances". More like a well thought out and executed plan. "Chance" should never be in a pilot's lexicon. Flying with one hand on the stick and the other on the electric remote and trying to get all the timing correct takes practice.


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User currently offlineWilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8991 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6674 times:
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Quoting Cor (Thread starter):
I am curious as to how many aviation photographers are also pilots

I am both. But pilot first of course.

I have 350 pictures online here on a.net, here my 2 favorite:


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User currently offlinejspitfire From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 308 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6618 times:

Pilot first, photographer second. I can't even count the number of times I've had to pass on a great photo opportunity because my duties as a pilot come first. But if you want to keep your job as a pilot, that's the way it has to be. When I do have time though, the opportunities can be incredible!

Twin Otter Panoramas

And I agree, whether pilot or photographer, you should never be taking 'extreme chances.'

Jason


User currently offlinedamien846 From UK - England, joined Dec 2006, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6565 times:

Stephen,
Those glider photos are fantastic.....

The one advantage of being a pilot is that you can sometimes get to locations that other can't. Like top of control towers or fuel bowser's... 
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User currently offlineTomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6507 times:

Quoting Cor (Thread starter):
I always look up at planes flying over even if I have seen them hundreds of times

I'm a photographer and aviation enthousiast. And what you have written in this quote is exactly what describes my life.



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User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6341 times:

Yes to both. I would be led to believe that most that get involved in aviation become addicted to the technology, the lifestyle and the sexiness of aircraft. The first object I ever saw fly was a US Navy Airship from Lakehurst New Jersey. It was huge!...I was three...I never looked down again. Now 56, nothing flies past my head without my looking up at it. I have been blessed with fantastic opportunities as an aviation photographer, pilot and mechanic. Would not have it any other way.

Quoting photopilot (Reply 3):


I used to fly gliders every weekend for 21 years and never once mounted a camera externally. Now with my Go-Pro which is destined for a "near space" excursion, I might take it up and play with it a bit before it gets lost in space!. Great pix!


User currently offlineSoaring1972 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6281 times:

I like both!
It is interesting what you can do with some good ideas! And I am not using a GoPro!  


User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6242 times:

Quoting Soaring1972 (Reply 9):
And I am not using a GoPro!

Nothing wrong with a go pro. Probably the most fun I have had with a camera in a while.


User currently offlineSoaring1972 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6120 times:

@soon7x7
Indeed! I only said that I am not using a GoPro even on these pictures:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Glase...d=622fa08bf15d0030f34cc1550f712571
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Rolla...d=622fa08bf15d0030f34cc1550f712571
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Dorni...d=622fa08bf15d0030f34cc1550f712571


User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 hour ago) and read 6043 times:

Quoting Soaring1972 (Reply 11):

Nice!...Go-Pros do have their draw backs...too wide for some work but where nasty environs and unique perspective exist...their size/ weight make them ideal candidate. Glase shot my fav!


User currently offlineSoaring1972 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6016 times:

Quoting soon7x7 (Reply 12):
Glase shot my fav!

Thanks! Was made with my Pentax K7 and the 10-17-Fisheye-Zoom!  


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2386 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5984 times:

Both, but first and foremost, a pilot. Only have two pictures here on a.net though.

User currently offlineatalanta89 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2009, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5944 times:

Pilot first, photographer second!

Here on the database i just have 62 pictures, it's just 2 years that i have bought a camera!  


User currently offlineconinpa From Luxembourg, joined May 2005, 244 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5607 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
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Private pilot and flight instructor, as a hobby.
Owning that bird:

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And photographer here.



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User currently offlinef4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5577 times:

I started out in the back seat of the RF-4C as a Weapons Systems Officer running the reconnaissance cameras. I usually had my camera with me on cross country flights and airshows. I got my civilian pilots license and rose up from aerial photo mapping pilot to first officer on a charter airline's 757. That job only lasted six months and did a career switch going back to school for graphic design and photography. I took a hiatus from piloting while going to school but joining the Commemorative Air Force opened up a lot of photo opportunities.


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User currently offlineNicolasRubio From Argentina, joined Sep 2005, 584 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5537 times:

I used to work as a photographer, but now I do it strictly as hobby. I now have a Private Pilot License and I'm working my way to the CPL as I'd like to become an airline pilot. In the meantime, I am a Flight Attendant for AU (Austral Lineas Aereas).


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