Sometimes you just have to go up in a helicopter and go find some shapes & patterns.
This is something I have wanted to do since I first discovered the work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand almost ten years ago. He produces stunning ariel imagery that is absolutely beautiful in the way he uses the unusual perspective to find repeating elements, unseen patterns & textures revealed as light scrapes across the vast landscapes. He also uses the images he creates to highlight issues and challenges facing each region he shoots in which I really respect.
Unfortunately these were not ideal circumstances as I was working for a client, not in control of the flight path or time of day, so I had to make do with what I could grab in between client shots. But it was my first chance to go up in a helicopter and even feel what it is like to take something like this. Feel the vibrations of the rotors, the push of the wind, the sway of the slight course corrections, the way you can angle a camera out of a small helicopter, the way the light hits everything, how to position my self to anticipate the shot. There were so many little things that I now know so that next time I go up, I’m going for gold from the start.
These may not be the best. They may not say all that I wish they could. But they are a starting point.