We are so proud and honored to be named the 2013 Supplier of the Year for the AGC Middle TN Branch. There was some stiff competition so an award well deserved. Many people are asking…”What is a supplier?” Well, we don’t do contract work on construction sites (that is for the big-boys) so we are in the supplier category, supplying images of course! View our promo video below and check out the fantastic images from the evening…taken by us, of course!! No rest for the winners!
You may know Aerial Innovations as a photography company, but did you know we’ve been capturing video and creating time lapse images since 2006? We have teamed with videographers, editors and web cam suppliers to cover all of your moving image needs. Click the images below to check out all of our video capabilities!
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We’re thrilled to have found out that one of our aerial images was chosen in ENR’s 2012 The Year In Construction Photo Contest! The shot was taken from a helicopter, about 1,200 feet above this storm drain installation project in Charleston, Tennessee. The photo was shot for Wright Brothers Construction.
We are among some great winners and were also lucky enough to have a photo chosen in the runner ups! The image is taken of workers with Kovach Building Enclosures install Kovabond to the exterior of the guitar shaped roof on Music City Center in Nashville. This is one of the many layers that make up the skin on the 6 Acre project.
Check out our photo and the other winners here: http://bit.ly/Xt5X42
Towards the end of 2012 & the beginning of 2013, we are busy (like everyone) setting up new files, archiving old ones and also trying to take some time off. When we get a chance, we like to go through our year and remember the projects that we have worked on, the people we have worked with and all of the great vistas that come with the job. Here are a few galleries with those images…looking forward to sharing more in 2013!
We love Tennessee almost as much as anyone…the diversity, the great landmarks, waterways & beauty of the entire state is always fascinating. And seeing it from the air during the past 10 years has been wonderful. What better way to commemorate our love of the Tennessee landscape than with a mural of Tennessee! We enlisted artist Andee Rudloff with a list of our Tennessee favorites along with aerial images of each and she went to work on the fence here at our office. The result was more than we could have imagined! It’s a colorful tribute to the great state that we call home. See the full composite below along with the time lapse video of the process. And see if you can recognize the following landmarks in the mural. – Wendy Whittemore, Owner Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc.
Memphis, Beale Street, 101 st. Airborne, Bonnaroo, Vanderbilt, Jack Daniels, Music, Wineries, Camping, Corn Mazes, 4 Bridges, AT&T Building, Icon in the Gulch, Mind Field, Bristol Motor Speedway, Smokie Mountains, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Oak Ridge, WSM Tower, Land Between the Lakes, Pyramid, Gateway Bridge, Aviation, Moccasin Bend, UT, Football, the Arts, Cumberland River, Rock City, Fireworks, Agriculture, Tennessee Walkers, Mississippi River, BB Kings
With new technology, it seems like everyone is a photographer these days. Maybe you shoot just for social media or for your company’s newest marketing campaign. While we would recommend hiring a professional to take those high end shots..we realize you will probably be manning the camera at the next company picnic or for the intern’s head shot While most people do take decent photos, I see more of the same type of issues. So, I have gathered what I think are 5 simple rules to follow for any photographer. If you can think of more, please add a comment! My goal is to see better photos, help you take better photos and improve my image taking as well. Read on…
Intro: Before I get to my tips, I will share with you a tip from our photographer, Pierre Vreyen, who advises to shoot the light, not the object. Very elegant when you realize that photography is all about light. Your camera does not know what you are pointing it at…just that there are light areas and dark areas. And while your eye can adjust very quickly from light to dark, your camera can only see a small range at any one time. So..
TIP #1 – Be aware of the Light. What is the light source? Where is it coming from? Is your subject back lit, over lit, under lit? If you take the time to set your subject in the best light, it will make all of the difference. Before a photographer takes a shot, they will automatically make decisions based on the light. And if the light is low (inside or at twilight) and you are not using a flash, be sure to hold your camera still, especially if your subject (or you!) are moving.
TIP #2 – Be aware of your Framing. So many times, a photo we take will have unintended guests…the people in the background, a stray hand, anything besides your subject. Take into account not just your subject but all of the elements in your frame. If you have to move around (or move your subject) then do so. Get down if your subject is small (kids, pets) and don’t be afraid to ask people to move (hey, it’s your photo). Watch out for things (like trees or lamp posts) growing out of peoples heads. Sometimes it just takes a step to the left, or a step to the right, to make a much better photo.
TIP #3 – Know your camera. I hear this all the time, “I just can’t figure out my camera!”. Well, if you want to take better pictures, you better! Because the greatest camera in the world can still take a crummy shot unless you are comfortable with how to use it. When you get a new camera, read the manual. The first 3 things you should learn: how to turn your flash on, how to turn your flash off, and remove the date that shows up in the corner (no, really, do this. The info embedded with the image file has the date..which you should also set up when you are reading your manual). If you can do those 3 things and are able to work your smart phone, tablet and computer…then you can figure out your camera. And if not, go to the local camera store and ask every question you can.
Tip #4 – Take Lots of Photos! (And look at lots of photos, too.) By taking lots of photos, you will get more comfortable with your camera. Test it, set up different lighting conditions, shoot inside, outside, any scenario where you expect to be taking photos.Before a big event, take sample shots in the room to get the lighting right. Also, when you are taking photos, take A LOT especially of action & groups. If I shoot a person, I take at least 2 shots to account for eyes closed plus I move a little in each shot, I may have a better background in one or the other. By looking at lots of photos (good and bad) you will develop your “eye”. See if you can tell what’s wrong in a picture or what you would do differently. And if you really want to geek out, “practice” your photo skills even when you are not shooting. Quick, what would make a good photo of where you are sitting right now?
TIPS #5 – Manage Your Photos. You can take the best pictures in the world but if you lose them on a drive somewhere because they were named DCS_45738 like 300 others, you’ll never find it. I have 4 basic rules for image management:
- Take your photos off the SD card, this is not to be used for storage.
- Have a file folder system where you store your photos, not just in one big folder. I have a set up by month for my personal work. In my company we do it by the date of the shoot.
- Rename your images with a date. It is so easy, you can just select all, right click and there is a rename option which gives sequential numbers. Or you can use many of the free photo management software options out there.
- Back up, back up, back up. You should have at least one other copy of your photos (3 or 4 is nice!) on other medium like CD’s, external hard drives, the cloud…your images are priceless and hard drives will crash.
While these might be overly simple, they are rules that can be used on any photo shoot, amateur or professional. If you would like to add your tips, please comment. Now…go take lots of photos and remember to have fun!
Wendy Whittemore; Flight Commander, Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc.
Well, it’s been almost a year since we have blogged about Music City Center, the new Nashville Convention Center we affectionately call The Big House. And it is big! There are plenty of comparative facts out there but here is the true size of the project as stated on the official web site. And, you can fit a bunch of football fields in there, just for the record.
Our fact of the moment on MCC; we have taken over 16,500 photos of the site. Ground, air, inside, outside, time lapse, video…you name it. To manage all of these images, we are hosting an MCC Pictures Web Site where you can view just a few of the selections. We are updating this monthly so check back often.
And your final question, why are we taking all of these photos? Well, I am glad you asked! Because in the spring, we will be publishing a coffee table book documenting the construction of this iconic project. The book will contain just a sampling of the images we have taken, but they will be the best ones. Below are a few that might make the cut. Until then, stay tuned for more photos as final completion looms near!!
Once again, another East Nashville Tomato Art Fest has come and gone. We are always excited to see the new art work and be with the crowds capturing all of the events with our cameras. But, like Christmas, it is over way to quickly. The art goes on, however, at Art & Invention Gallery until Sept 19. If you can’t make it, here are some photos to make you feel like you were there. Until next year….you say tomayto, I say tomahto art fest 2013 can’t get here soon enough!
Wendy Whittemore, Flight Commander, Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc.
In our business, we spend a lot of time on Google Earth. It provides us with detailed location information, we can print maps and we use the KMZ file system to archive our aerial shots. We love Google Earth…even though there was speculation it would cut into our business, it has actually helped us thrive.
With all of this time cruising around satellite images, I have started to notice some very cool imagery. One that caught my eye was the formation of a bill fish in Humphreys County, TN on the Kentucky River. The curve in the river looks just like a game fish hanging on the dock. So much so, that when I talk about that area..I call it The Game Fish. (No one ever knows what I am talking about… as usual.)
After spying the fish, I started cruising around other places on earth. Starting in Tennessee and winding up somewhere in Russia the first time! There are some amazing earth & water formations that could only be captured from above. So if you have an hour or so, get lost in Google Earth…you never know what you’ll find! I screen captured some images below including The Game Fish…see if you can spot it!
Wendy Whittemore – Flight Commander – Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc.
Summer is not summer with out a road trip! Last week, Wendy and Lindsay hit the road to attend the 2012 ABC Southern Construction Expo in the Smokies held at the Wilderness in the Smokies Lodge (hint, this is the one with all of the huge waterslides!) It was a lot of fun to catch up with friends and clients, shoot some golf (with cameras of course), attend the BBQ…and yes, go down a few waterslides. We also caught up with one of our pilots from Memphis who took us on a helicopter ride in the Long Ranger…quite a treat!
Other highlights include Lindsay going up on a 120ft lift (yikes!) , Wendy driving some sort of construction equipment (hey, if it doesn’t fly what do we know??) and Lindsay checking out something that looks like a camera (again…what do we know??) Here are a few photos from our excursion. To see more images from the conference click here.