cor
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Photographers Or Pilots Or Both.

Fri May 18, 2012 6:21 pm

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?

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Fri May 18, 2012 9:48 pm

I'll add a +1 for myself.
 
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Sat May 19, 2012 5:08 am

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.
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Sat May 19, 2012 10:06 am

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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Sat May 19, 2012 3:56 pm

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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RE: Photographers Or Pilots Or Both.

Sat May 19, 2012 9:21 pm

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!

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

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Sun May 20, 2012 7:13 am

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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Sun May 20, 2012 2:06 pm

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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Mon May 21, 2012 11:53 pm

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!
 
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Tue May 22, 2012 4:19 pm

I like both!
It is interesting what you can do with some good ideas! And I am not using a GoPro!  
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Tue May 22, 2012 11:12 pm

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.
 
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Thu May 24, 2012 8:38 am

Thanks to all ONE-Star voters just to push a photograph down!!!
 
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Fri May 25, 2012 10:44 am

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!
 
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Fri May 25, 2012 2:29 pm

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

Thanks! Was made with my Pentax K7 and the 10-17-Fisheye-Zoom!  
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Fri May 25, 2012 7:07 pm

Both, but first and foremost, a pilot. Only have two pictures here on a.net though.
 
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Sun May 27, 2012 1:45 am

Pilot first, photographer second!

Here on the database i just have 62 pictures, it's just 2 years that i have bought a camera!  
 
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Wed May 30, 2012 5:25 am

Private pilot and flight instructor, as a hobby.
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Wed May 30, 2012 4:07 pm

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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Thu May 31, 2012 6:40 am

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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