Aerial Photography
Home for the Holidays
Friday, November 14, 2014
Home for the Holidays

 It's that time of the year again, where we wrap up the previous months, ponder at how fast the year went by, and prepare for a lot of great family time.With Christmas right around the corner, we often see a pickup in aerial photography requests from folks looking for "THAT" special gift to give. This year started a little early with a family who wanted to surprise their parents and grandparents with new aerial photos of their homesteads! They had a couple of images taken about 20 years prior of both homes and wanted to document the changes that had taken place.Both homes are located near Hallettsville, Texas, which is a bit east of San Antonio and northwest of Victoria. The day were ...

Florida Sunshine...and Rain
Saturday, August 09, 2014
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 Aerial view of the Sarasota shopping center with Siesta Beach and the Gulf of Mexico in the background.This summer has been a busy time for us at Aerial Outfitters, shooting everything from fireworks, car accidents, construction projects, and a lot of retail properties.For the past year we've been privileged to work for a retail management company that owns many large retail centers across the US. They're a great group to work with and they expect and appreciate quality work. Their requirements for images, both ground and aerial, require a fair amount of research and planning to ensure that we shoot with the right combination of sun angle, weather conditions, signage visibility, ...

Night Panoramic in Dallas
Thursday, May 08, 2014
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A nighttime panoramic image showing the view from an open air patio...but the building is amongst other high end condos, it's only 90 feet up, and, by the way, it is still under construction......make it happen!Our first thought was a helicopter, but then we realized that the new building sits in the middle of several high end luxury condos, so not only was it not safe for us to fly, but we'd be rather annoying to the neighbors.So what to do? Take the crane! And we did. 90ft up in the construciton crane, we were dropped off on the 9th floor open air patio to setup and wait for sunset.The goal was to create two images, one at twilight and the other in the dark, of the view looking towards ...

Texas our Texas
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
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This April we were asked to photograph a fun project...a group of employees in the shape of Texas!We met with the company a couple of times to discuss options about how to pull this off. It turns out, that the aerial portion which would be shot from a Robinson R44 helicopter, was the easy part. The hard part was clearing a parking lot then getting 100+ employees, between shifts, into the shape of Texas at 3pm sharp. The folks at Parker-Tex/Loc did a fantastic job of coordinating, communicating, and rehearsing to make the shoot go perfectly. What you don't see, is the chalk line they used to outline the state of Texas to make it easier to get into formation. We also had a radio on the ...

Dallas at Twilight
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
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Early this spring we were contracted to create aerial images for a unique project. Our client needed a current image of downtown Dallas, taken at low altitude, at twilight, from a specific location, so that they could overlay a model of a proposed building project onto the image. A lot of requirements! Thankfully, we've done just such work in the past and they called the right folks.The night that we chose was just right, with a light south wind, clear skies, great visibility, and little air traffic around us. Love Field cleared us on-site and we began working. The challenge was to position the helicopter over just the right spot, at the right altitude, and at the right time of day so as to ...