When the weather is clear and the air is crisp there is no better time for aerial photography. We strapped a GoPro to the top of our Sony a7Rii to share some point of view footage of what a helicopter shoot is like. Shooting from a helicopter lets us capture angles that just aren’t possible from other platforms like drone and pole. A lot of planning goes into a helicopter shoot, but we decided to just show you the fun bits.
On Wednesday the 26th of July we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to shoot the mammoth 333-meter long super-carrier, USS Ronald Reagan.
The Port of Brisbane Corporation commissioned this shoot to memorialise the largest US military ship docking in Brisbane in over 2 years.
We liaised with the US embassy, Port of Brisbane Corporation and air traffic control in order to make this shoot happen.
We were given clearance to operate in airspace surrounding the giant ship except directly above it. It turns out there will always be some restrictions in place around a nuclear-powered warship.
Below are some of the shots that were captured of the immense vessel.
Delivering a client a great set of images takes more than just having a skilled photographer with the right equipment.
The final and one of the most important steps in the process of delivering stunning images to our clients, is the post processing of the raw images.
Post processing can make a great image even better, however, when deadlines are tight sometimes waiting for idyllic conditions to shoot a great image is not always an option.
When this is the case, extra time spent processing the raw image files can make all the difference between a photo looking okay or fantastic.
Below is the before and after of an image shot on a hazy evening from Newstead back towards the city.
A ground location and lifestyle shoot is a great way to introduce potential stakeholders to the area of your next project. We usually shoot during either the morning or afternoon golden hour to get the nicest lighting, however, sometimes the lunch rush is a key selling point that we are asked to highlight. Shooting in public, without models is a cost effective way to capture the hustle and bustle of nearby parks, shopping districts, and eateries. Shooting with talent is also sometimes the best option when the goal is to capture very specific emotive themes or children
Ground photography is the perfect companion for a great set of aerials, whether they are shot from a drone, helicopter, or both.
Introducing stakeholders to a location with a variety of shooting methods is a great way to show them the big picture, down to the fine details and feel.
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.
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As of the 28th of September 2016 CASA is proposing to introduce new drone regulations that will make amendments to the existing regulations to make it easier to operate a smaller drone commercially within Australia. Although there has been widespread media coverage of the upcoming proposed regulations the finer details have been lacking and certainly need clarification in the marketspace, we have listed a few more details on the new regulations that we feel have been ignored in the general media and what it might mean to you as a someone wishing to contract an operator to undertake some drone work.
So what does this really mean to you the contractor?
If you hire somebody to do drone work for you and they only have the sub 2kg certification. You will not only be limited by where and when they can fly it but you will be limited to a much smaller camera with lower quality video and low megapixel still images with no lens options other than what the drone comes with. You may also engage a less experienced operator with limited experience no formal training and possibly no insurance.
Why hire a more experienced,certified and insured operator like us?
We have been CASA certified for over 4 years now and been in the aerial photography business for the last 10 years. We are not hobbyists, we are professional photographers and cinematographers with wide industry experience and specialise in Aerial Photography and cinematography wether it be from drone or manned helicopter. Although we sometimes use smaller craft below 2 kg for our budget product we also have a complete fleet of 5 drones that will suit any aerial job you can imagine with larger drones that will accomodate Professional digital SLR cameras up to 80mp and cinema cameras with a host of lenses to suit and a professional and experienced team we can accomodate any aerial job big or small.
This video is a compilation of some filming that we recently did of Surfers Paradise on the Beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. The video includes Q1, Hilton Hotel, and the magnificent Soul development Shot just on sunset and last light it makes for a spectacular footage. What a beautiful place.
Below is a completed edit of Kokoda Properties, Chester development at Newstead. We worked along side a great team of creatives and supplied all aerial imagery from both drone and helicopter which included high resolution panoramics, render backplates and aerial video.