Late last year the Port of Brisbane contracted us to shoot a series of high altitude and low-level photos for their annual asset management report and website. The brief called for full coverage of the site from low altitude, along with multiple angles from high altitude (9000ft+), including an orthographic capture of the entire port area.
The port is located very close to Brisbane International Airport, with its entirety inside of the 3nm drone exclusion zone that surrounds all towered airports in Australia. This meant for the low-level and high-level aerial photography a helicopter was the ideal camera platform.
A Robinson R44 was the bird of choice the job. The Robinson R22, a two-seater helicopter would be the most economical choice for the low-level shots, however, it did not have the power necessary available power to operate safely at 9000ft+. This was the altitude required to achieve the orthographic images of the port in its entirety that the brief required.
Shooting the low-level photos went very smoothly, we worked with air traffic control and Brisbane Tower to coordinate our entry and exit of the airspace. The high-level shots were another case altogether.
Shooting the high-level photos was a much more challenging task. Climbing to 9000ft+ in an R44 with only two occupants takes in excess of 12 minutes. This makes failed attempts costly. Permittable weather parameters are also more stringent when shooting from such high altitudes. Humidity, dust, and clouds can completely block the site, instead of just casting shadows on it.
The combination of challenges resulted in two aborted high altitude attempts. We were successful on the third try, coordinating weather, air traffic, and commute time.
In the end, it took three hours of flight time with almost a month on standby, for waiting for permittable weather conditions, to complete this brief.
Challenging briefs are our favorite. Capturing images from airspace that is not usually shot is incredibly rewarding. This Requires not just photographic expertise, but logistical know-how as well.
If you aren’t sure what is possible to capture give us a call. We will make sure to work with you in every way possible to realise your vision.
We recently were contracted by Hoyne. Property Marketing Specialists, to supply the raw marketing material for their latest project.
SunCentral Maroochydore – estimated to add an $4.4 billion dollars to the Sunshine Coast economy over the life of the project, is destined to be the new Maroochydore CBD.
Being built on the land of The Horton Park Golf Club, the 53 Hectare development was completely cleared by the time we came to shoot the drone backplate renders.
This made achieving low angle photography with the drone very straight forward – we did not have to worry about existing trees or buildings obstructing the drone, or having to be removed from the render back plates.
Operating on a cleared site also allowed us to capture multiple positions at dusk. Usually, because of the 7 – 10 minute window where the light ‘pops’, only one or two positions can be safely be shot.
While the drone team was shooting the low-level aerial photos, we simultaneously shot the helicopter render backplate photography. This resulted in matching light and colour across the set of photos.
The second component that Hoyne required, was high altitude video of the site. In order to capture the best possible footage, we came to the decision that the GSS 516 Gimbal mounted on a Jet Ranger would be the best option.
This provided ultra-stable footage that could easily be motion tracked, and have 3D models dropped into the footage.
For more examples of the finished renders head to the Hoyne Website where they have completed an overview of the project. We are looking forward to seeing the completed video CGI work and will share once it has been completed.
We were asked to come on board and help the Logan City Council to shoot and produce a video that would help showcase and document the present day situation of the Logan River.
The video was shot with a nose mounted Cineflex V14 in order to be able to best highlight the scale of the river and accentuate the development/ progress feel the council was trying to convey.
The finished video had a fast turn around- being produced and proofed within a week of shooting.
Check out the finished project here.
Here is a shot of our base of operations – Archerfield. Our office and workshop is situated airside at Archerfield Airport, which is only a five minute flight from the city. Our close proximity to the airport and city, allows us to quickly mobilise and take advantage of any good weather, even when the window of opportunity is small.
Mark Slater – our night rated helicopter pilot has thousands of hours of commercial photography experience. This expertise gives us the best chance to successfully operate in Brisbane’s busy controlled airspace, which of course encompasses the majority of Brisbane’s fastest growing suburbs.
While Brisbane skies are our home, we have strong connections in most major cities and can organise aerial operations anywhere in Australia.
We are a business built around delivering the best possible aerial imagery and motion in the fastest time possible. To see more of our work or discuss your next projected not hesitate to contact us.