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How are these 90- degree vertically up shots possible?

Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:29 pm

Where/how was this photo, and others like it, taken from? From another airplane taking off? Would that not be too fast? From a helicopter? Google Earth?
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Re: How are these 90- degree vertically up shots possible?

Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:36 pm

These are taken from a helicopter from about 1200 ft altitude. Star Helicopters does aviation photography flights from their base in Hawthorne, California (about 5 minutes from LAX). I've done several and got some nice shots and some very different perspectives. They fly R44's or R22's. The passenger side has no doors. Their pilots are quite skilled at accommodating the aviation photographer and can line up the shots (including hovering) to get a shot like this.

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Re: How are these 90- degree vertically up shots possible?

Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:17 pm

jelpee wrote:
These are taken from a helicopter from about 1200 ft altitude. Star Helicopters does aviation photography flights from their base in Hawthorne, California (about 5 minutes from LAX). I've done several and got some nice shots and some very different perspectives. They fly R44's or R22's. The passenger side has no doors. Their pilots are quite skilled at accommodating the aviation photographer and can line up the shots (including hovering) to get a shot like this.

Jehan


Wow. Awesome!

But do you get hovering permission in such busy airspace?
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Re: How are these 90- degree vertically up shots possible?

Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:09 am

planeophilic wrote:
jelpee wrote:
These are taken from a helicopter from about 1200 ft altitude. Star Helicopters does aviation photography flights from their base in Hawthorne, California (about 5 minutes from LAX). I've done several and got some nice shots and some very different perspectives. They fly R44's or R22's. The passenger side has no doors. Their pilots are quite skilled at accommodating the aviation photographer and can line up the shots (including hovering) to get a shot like this.

Jehan


Wow. Awesome!

But do you get hovering permission in such busy airspace?


I've often wondered that myself, but Star Helicopters files a flight plan with the LAX tower and it is permitted. The area in which they fly is quite restricted: basically they are allowed to fly over the terminal areas between the north and south runways and some limited areas outside of it. I don't know of any other major airport in the US that permits such flights. LAX is very busy during most times which makes it tough for ATC, but great value for money when your photographing from the air since there is always something to catch. If you have an opportunity, do try it.

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