FROM THE ORDINARY TO THE EXTRAORDINARY…AND ON TO THE DIVINE!!
9/11, is a date burned in every American’s soul. To commemorate the 2001 attacks, New York City has created an innovate and inspirational display of lights emanating from “ground zero”.
AIP will take to the air to “capture the moment” from 3,000 feet over NYC in our chartered helicopters.
Since sunset on 9/11 will occur at 7:13 p.m. we need to wait until 8:00 p.m. before launching our first of 4 helicopter flights. (We’ll launch 2 flights at 8:00 p.m. and another 2 at 9:30 p.m.) Space is limited to 12 seats. To insure your participation in this event, book now.
This will be an experience that you will never forget. Here are some of the details.
– We start with an hour of training and prep before your scheduled flight time over some wine and cheese (not too much wine of course). We will discuss safety, shooting techniques, camera settings and stabilization.
– We will be renting high quality cameras with EXTRA fast glass (F1.4 – f1.8) that you can use in the event that your own cameras or lenses are not fast enough. We will also show you how to use those cameras and pre-set everything so it’s ready to insure you get the very best shots.
– You’ll then board the helicopter for the experience of your life. A Doors-Off 1-hour flight over and around lower Manhattan.
– You’ll then return to the hanger, have some more wine, while we transfer the pictures from the rental camera to your own memory cards. We’ll also have some time to take a look at some of your shots (you’ll probably take about 800) and discuss best processing techniques.
And here are the kind of shots you’ll get…
LIVE THE EXPERIENCE, SAY “I WAS THERE”.
The possibilities are limitless.
By this time you’re probably wondering what your helicopter looks like, so……..
There’s enough room for a pilot, 3 photographers, 6 cameras and that’s it. By the way, did we say the DOORS WILL BE OFF! You don’t have to worry, however, you will be strapped in and have a headset to communicate with the pilot in case you want him to hover a bit longer.
The New York Skyline is undeniably one of the most recognizable and best silhouettes in existence and you’re going to capture it at the best times…with the Memorial Lights.
This AIP Photo Adventure is so uniquely different from anything else that we or any other Meetup has done before that we’ve had to design a whole new and different program to deal with the issues involved and to insure the successful outcome of unique and great images.
AFFECT OF WEATHER ON OUR FLIGHT PROGRAM AND ON YOUR RESERVATION:
As you can imagine, weather conditions will have a major effect on our decision to fly or not. If its raining or windy, we don’t fly. If conditions for flying and/or photographing are anything less than ideal, we don’t fly.
A cloud cover won’t stop us because, generally, we’ll be photographing under the cloud cover. Not only that but if we do have a cloud cover, the city’s lights will probably reflect off the clouds creating a very pleasing glow.
MOST EFFECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR DAY AND/OR NIGHT TIME PHOTOGRAPHY:
a. Almost any DSLR will do as long as it’s capable of shooting in bursts.
b. Most effective lenses are between 16 and 100mm. We think that shooting at ~50mm and ~35mm would be ideal. Anything shorter or longer than this range is pretty ineffective and won’t produce the best results, especially if you’re a first-timer.
c. Generally speaking fast glass is best and your lens of choice should be capable of opening up to at least f 2.8. At the end of blue hour, a faster lens is best. Note that fast glass is usually of higher quality and sharper as well.
The most effective way of shooting from a helicopter is to come prepared with 2 camera bodies and a different lens for each body. (You can’t change lenses and or fumble around with equipment while in flight.)
Photographing at night from a helicopter is a completely different matter with it’s own set of parameters.
a. Your DSLR(s) need(s) to handle noise very effectively since you’ll need to shoot at a high ISO…probably around ISO 3200. (Don’t worry, noise reduction in Lightroom or other NR programs handle the noise very well…the shots above were taken at IOS 3200.)
b. Your lenses should be capable of f1.8 – f1.4…can you say FAST!
THE PROGRAM: Equipment in detail:
Recognizing that many photographers may not have equipment best suited for shooting from a helicopter, AIP has developed the following program.
We will supply each participant with 1 camera body known to be low noise and a fast lens to go with it if you don’t have one.
The cost of renting the first camera and lens is included in the registration price. If you would like to take along a second rented camera, there will be an modest extra charge.
Come fly with me. Isn’t that the name of a song?
Martin Joffe, Malcolm Kahn and Padma Inguva
Your AIP Organizers