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.
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.
Showcasing a development from the drone is a great way to get both high overalls and intimate shots. Most of the time when shooting a site, the cost of shooting from either a helicopter or a drone works out about the same. One large advantage of shooting from a drone over a helicopter is the ability to stay on site for a long enough period of time to capture the changing light. This is possible with a helicopter, however it is far less cost effective. For more information about drone or helicopter shoots don’t hesitate to contact us!
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.
Operating in dense urban environments presents a unique set of challenges that can often catch out inexperienced operators. Extra electrical interference, wind vortices and more distractions on the ground make operations more risky. This increased intrinsic risk makes a focus on redundancy, reliability and safety an absolute priority.
Working our way up through the cranes on site we positioned the camera using a Cinestar 8 and a Movi 5. This combination of stability and reliability worked to produced some spectacular shots!
For more information about getting work done in the city Contact Us today!
We were recently contracted to showcase some amazing landscaping work in the Gold Coast. The landscaping company wanted photos of the completed works for entry into a internationally recognised landscaping magazine.
In order to shoot in the best light to complement the high end landscaping, we chose to arrive in the afternoon and to shoot through to last light. The golden afternoon sun is less harsh than midday sun, letting the images be more evenly exposed and more vibrant. Just after sun set was the perfect time to shoot the outdoor lighting, with the rising full moon and Surfers Paradise in the background, the photos were epic!
Friday Flashback, This was my first aerial night shoot from a helicopter. Taken over the then new Skilled Stadium in 2008 for the season opener of the NRL season that year. Watch this space for some more exciting night shoots coming your way soon.
Call us today to find out more about our great aerial services from helicopter or drone
We recently worked on a large project for 308 Queen Street that included helicopter, ground, interior, video, and photos. Not to mention video production, editing, and motion graphics all done in-house by Shea Brown for this promotional video showcasing what 308 Queen St Chambers has to offer.
Check out their new website www.308Queen.com
Civilian Drones Have Arrived
In recent years the world has witnessed the rise of civilian drones. These flying machines have redefined what was previously thought achievable from an aerial platform. The increased ease and decreased risk of getting an aerial perspective has injected a new energy into the aerial photography and cinematography industry. (more…)