FROM THE ORDINARY TO THE EXTRAORDINARY…AND ON TO THE DIVINE!!
A one hour photo flight over and around New York City
JOIN OUR UNIQUE PHOTO AND SONY SPONSORED EVENT
THIS COULD BE YOU PHOTOGRAPHING NYC FROM AIP’S PRIVATE HELICOPTER CHARTER!
PUT A LOT OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE IN YOUR LIFE!!
SONY WILL PROVIDE EACH PARTICIPANT A SONY a7RII AND A 50mm f 1.4 SUPER FAST LENS, PERFECT FOR CAPTURING NEW YORK CITY IN LOW LIGHT.
Fly with us over New York City in AIP’s chartered three passenger (plus a pilot) helicopters. We’ve created an experience you’ll 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 lower Manhattan, Mid-town and around the Statue of Liberty. We’ve identified the best shooting locations around the City and have instructed our pilots where to fly and where to hover for the best angles.
- 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 1000) and discuss best processing techniques.
And here are the kind of shots you’ll get…these were recently taken by one of AIP ‘s tour leaders.
Not close enough? Okay, we’ll get you closer.
You say you want to step back a bit to get a different perspective, okay, we can do that as well.
A different angle.
A different altitude!
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…at either sundown into the blue hour or at night.
Photographer unknown, end of blue hour.
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.
SOME OTHER PROGRAM DETAILS:
The flight portion of each of our Helicopter Photo Adventures will last for 1 hour. It takes ~7 minutes to get from our lift off point to a photo position over New York City and ~7 minutes to get back. That will gives you ~46 minutes over our target areas, which you’ll find to be more than enough.
AIP plans on offering an extended schedule of sunset into the the blue hour and evening photo flights. The afternoon flight will lift off around 15 minutes before sunset. The best part…the time you fly is up to you on a first-come-first-choice basis. Note: Helicopter rentals are expensive and we will only fly with 3 people, so your selected time may slide one way or another based on participation. Depending on demand for the day, we will be using 1 or 2 helicopters at a time and can run up to 3 flights on each chopper per day.
AFFECT OF WEATHER ON OUR FLIGHT PROGRAM AND ON YOUR RESERVATION:
As you can imagine, weather conditions will have a major affect 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.
Since we can’t predict the weather with any accuracy outside of say a 48 hour window, our flight plans will only be made on Wednesday night for a Friday flight and on Thursday for Saturday. So, how will that work you ask? Good question…and here’s the answer:
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 35 and 85mm. We think that shooting at 35mm, 50mm and 85mm 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 1.8. 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.
POTENTIAL FLIGHT SCHEDULES:
The number of flights, dates and times will be dependent on the number of participants that sign up.
The schedule for Tuesday, May 29…the Night of the Full Moon!!:
1st Flight: 8:00 PM
2nd Flight: 9:30 PM
YOU MUST ARRIVE 1 HOUR BEFORE YOUR FLIGHT!!!