Oct 11, 2019
Air-to-air photo shoots are not easy. The subject plane and chase helicopter both fly at high speed. The scenery whizzes by. And you need to supremely trust both pilots to prioritize maintaining safe separation over any other concern, including getting in position for the best shot.
May 9, 2019
Within an hour flight of Anchorage lie two of the largest ice-dammed lakes in the world. In an age of thinning glacial ice, these rare natural spectacles could vanish at any time. I make it a point to photograph them both summer and winter.
Apr 5, 2019
In this post and short video, I describe the challenge of aerial photography from a helicopter in one of the world’s most demanding aviation environments: an unforgiving otherworld of rock and ice nearly three miles into the earth’s atmosphere above Alaska.
Apr 10, 2019
I experiment with a new technique called timelapse stacking–and come back quite pleased with the results.
Mar 26, 2019
A colossal pile of dirt, rock, snow and ice had avalanched off the adjacent mountain face and spread over the frozen surface of the lake. The ice had shattered into fractal patterns, as though nature’s hand had used a vegetable chopper to slice and dice the surface into polygons of every configuration.
Sep 4, 2018
Big walls and big mountains are a problematic subject to photograph. They are unlike anything most people have ever seen. When you fly face-to-face with them—getting batted and bounced around like a fly in a gale—you feel overwhelmed by their sheer scale.
Aug 22, 2018
Photographing near glaciers and icebergs is a bit of a game of fatal attraction. The colors and composition possibilities are endless. But the closer you get, the more you gamble.
Aug 13, 2018
I was alone in the wilderness, a long ways from help, so in the spirit of “speed is safety,” I worked quickly to set up my camera and tripod. The last thing I remember was extending the neck of the tripod for a higher angle of view.
Jul 25, 2018
I started out as a fixed wing pilot and then learned to fly helicopter. It’s a huge time investment–but worth it for the places I can get to. Here are photos of the types of places I land.