The Attack of the Tomato

We got to have a little fun this past Saturday with our #DJIMavicPro. The East Nashville Tomato Art Fest is in it’s 15th year & for the past 5 years, a large tomato mural has been painted in the middle of 5 points. It originated with muralist Andee Rudloff and is now an ongoing project funded by the Nashville #ChamberEast and designed by street artist Troy Duff.

This year’s theme could be called “Attack of the Tomato”. The image of a large tomato looks like it fell from the sky and cracked the pavement around 5 points. And only the drone can show that perfect perspective! It was a dark start so we did a time-lapse first for the 4am painting party. At 5:33 we were cleared for drone flights. The ceilings were a little low but still gave us the clearance we needed to fly. By the time the 5K was to start at 7am, the art was done and selfies ensued. See the final result below and stay tuned for more footage from the mural.

From all of us at Aerial Innovations, hope you had a great Tomato Weekend!

Here are 2 videos from the 2017 Troy Duff Tomato Mural & the 2013 Chicnhair Mural

2017 Mural Drone Video & Time-lapse by Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc.

2012 Mural Timelapse by Stacey Irvin 

Mural by Troy Duff Art and Photo by Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc. & Chamber East

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The Hunt is On!

We have a saying here, “Never a dull day at Aerial Innovations!”. And yesterday was no exception. For our annual company meeting, we were sent on a scavenger hunt around Nashville. Below are some of the photos of the teams in action along with photos of the clues. To see all images, visit our gallery online.

The theme of the hunt involved a history of projects that Aerial Innovations has photographed through the years. This meant a lot to the newest members of our team, they learned how much we have been involved with the building of Nashville. We also had Nashville themed items to photograph like a guitar used as art and a famous music venue….oh, and a family of tourists. The last clue was to take a photograph of their team at the old Cornelia Fort Airpark, boy do we miss flying out of there!

Everyone got in before the downpour started. Of course, the pool party was nixed but we still had a great lunch and got to preview our new video (coming soon!). We are now re-energized to go out and make beautiful images that tell the story of the men and women who are building our future. Thanks, Teams!

Wendy Whittemore – Flight Commander

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The fastest team, Team Heli!

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A bizarre selfie of Team Ground was one of the clues

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Team Heli planning their route

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One Clue, Belmont Law Library

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This was supposed to be a college student, decided it was more of a street performer.

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Photo of the SunTrust Building, uniquely paired with the AT&T Building

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Another gorgeous shot of Belmont Academic by Team Fixed Wing

Kentucky Women!

We are pleased to announce that we have expanded our coverage in Kentucky! We have added a flight and now have 3 monthly flights that cover the entire state. Several major projects that we are currently working on: The Ohio River Bridges Project for Walsh Group (both Downtown & East End Bridges), University of Louisville projects, University of Kentucky projects and several civil projects on the Tennessee River and Kentucky Lake.

Meet Sharon Feldman, our go-to fly-girl in Kentucky, she has a love for all things adventurous and creative. Her 15 years of top-flight sales and customer service expertise supports her mission as KY base coordinator/flight companion for our Kentucky and Southern Indiana clients. In her free time, she’s a world traveler, scuba diver, and sky diver.  Who better to represent us? She can be contacted at sharon@aerialkentucky.com

This new adventure is very exciting and we look forward to better service for our Kentucky clients…go Cards and go Big Blue!!

www.aerialkentucky.com

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Aerials Become Art at ABC

Wander up the stairs in the downtown office of the Chamber of Commerce and you will glimpse briefly into the Arts & Business Coucil’s office with large (and largely intriguing) images; images of downtown Nashville from above, bird’s-eye views of Middle Tennessee and some images you may not be able to decide where they were taken.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville is hosting an exhibit by Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc, a professional Aerial & Architectural Photography Company. This is the first major exhibit by Aerial Innovations which was first on display at the Arts at the Airport series in 2009 and 2010. The Arts & Business Council has just celebrated their third year of driving collaboration between the arts & businesses in Nashville. The aerial images of the Gateway Bridge, Nashville at Dawn and Tim’s Ford lake are a perfect fit for these two up and coming organizations in the arts community.

We at Aerial Innovations would like to thank the Arts & Business Coucil for exhibiting our work. We look forward to promoting this great organization! The exhibit will run through March 2011. Please call the ABC office at 615-743-3055 for more information or to view the exhibit. The ABC office is at 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100, Nashville, TN.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville drives collaboration between arts, business and the community that contributes to the economic and cultural vitality of Greater Nashville. The ABC also presents the Music City Corporate Band Challenge, ArtWorks, Arts Immersion, and its programs include WorkCreative: Arts Based Learning for Businesses, Developmental Seminars, and the Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts.

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We Photo Tomato once again….

Another August, another Tomato Art Festival in East Nashville. Despite the economy, the heat index (well over 100 degrees) and the flooding that occurred in May, this festival was one of the biggest yet, five streets closed off in the five points. Now in it’s seventh year, the festival celebrates all things tomato, but especially art inspired by tomatoes. Seven years of tomatoes??? Yes!! and the art just keeps getting better, it’s really amazing.

Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc. has photographed the festival for four years which gives us an opportunity to see almost every event. This year five photographers, Wendy, Will, Lindsay, Erin & husband Jason took to the streets to capture over 2000 images. We have edited it down to about 500 and are in the process of production and uploading them to flickr…stay tuned!

Here are a few edits to whet your tomato-appetite~!

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Focus on Recovery Update

Today we will be delivering a check to Rebuilding Together Nashville for $10,537. Wow! We raised this money through a photography auction (hmmm…bought a few pieces ourselves…) held here in East Nashville. The funds will go to rebuild up to 50 homes that were damaged in the recent May floods here in Nashville. And the best news….corporate sponsors have agreed to match the amount..twice! Which means over $31K for homeowners. Thanks to everyone who participated, donated, gave time or materials to pull this off. Here are some photos from the event and also some photos of RTN at work. You can also go onto Facebook to see more images. Also see the News Coverage from Channel 5.

Farewell Fort.

Interior of Cessna Zero Hotel

Interior of Cessna Zero Hotel

Delta XRay sits pinned to earth under a tree. Zero Hotel has a gate laying across the wheels as if someone had tried to build a cage around her. This is the devastation that the flood of 2010 brought to Cornelia Fort Airpark in East Nashville. The waters rose from almost a half a mile away to flood the runway, the field & the FBO with almost seven feet of water. Nothing prepared anyone for how far the waters would reach. Nothing prepared me for the sights of what was left of Colemill’s fleet. Nothing prepared me for the tears that welled up as I walked out on the muddy taxiways.

Cornelia Fort has been linked to Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc. since it’s inception. I walked into Colemill (the FBO on the field) almost seven years ago to the day asking…no, stating, that I would like to see their aircraft and talk to their pilots..I was starting an aerial photography company and would need their services. A little cocky, for sure, but with the dreams I had of being successful in the aerial photography business, I needed some guts. And with Colemill, over the next seven years, we did see succeed thanks to the pilots & trusty (at times) aircraft.

As photographers, we flew countless hours out of Cornelia Fort in the three cessnas; Bravo Tango, Delta XRay and Zero Hotel. Like everyone at the small airport, they each had their own personality. Bravo Tango would take you the farthest, Zero Hotel may or may not be in maintenance, and always check the seats for water. Ironic. Flying out over Shelby Bottoms and Opryland, talking to BNA, the Nashville skyline coming into view over the neighborhoods of East Nashville…it felt like home. And Colemill was home to so many; pilots, mechanics, plane owners..assorted characters that made up a family. Dysfunctional at times, but a family. The photographers of Aerial Innovations were a part of that.

I know there are so many who lost lives and loved ones in this tragedy….it seems silly to lament a struggling business, a forgotten airfield and a few planes on their last wings. But there are people tied to this place who have lost so much as well…jobs, their business, their savings tied up in aircraft, their homes. Will we ever fly out of the Fort again? Who knows… I would like to think so. But it will take time and someone to see the potential in her again. So for now it is goodbye as we help our neighbors and communities come back from the flood and we will hope that Cornelia Fort will rise again with the rest of Nashville.

Vintage Flight

The Liberty Bell, a World War II era B-17, has been touring around airports in Tennessee.  We got a chance to catch her out at the Smyrna Airport this weekend.  Although I was not lucky enough to take it for a spin (what’s a ride in another aircraft??), those that did got to crawl around into the gunner seats and took a tour round the lake.

Here are some photos from their stop.  The woman pictured with the vintage flight hat is the granddaughter of one of many men who served on this flying fortress. Enjoy!

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Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Chruch

Aerial Innovations of Georgia, Inc. would like to thank Benjamin C. Ridgeway for including our aerial photographs in his book documenting the history of  Ebenezer Baptist Church. Ebenezer (Stone of Help) was founded in 1886 in the old Fourth Ward of Atlanta. Michael Luther King moved to Atlanta from Stockbridge, Georgia in 1918, began his three-year minister’s degree program at the Morehouse School of Religion in 1926. He married Alberta Williams that same year at Ebenezer Church. After being assistant pastor from 1927 to 1930 he assumed the duties of pastor in 1931. Reverend King, Sr. changed his name from Michael Luther King to Martin Luther King Sr. after his fathers death in 1933.  In 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. became the first co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Horizon Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Horizon Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church

The Atlanta architectural firm of Stanley, Love-Stanley was chosen to design the Horizon Sanctuary. It is modeled after an African tribal meeting hut. The roof ribbing is reminiscent of African thatch. The bell tower is a weave and glyph patterned obelisk. Placement of the Horizon Sanctuary on Auburn Avenue emphases Ebenezer’s strong commitment to its urban mission as a becon of hope for all citizens of Metro Atlanta.

Copies of the ‘Images of Americia, Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church’ can be obtained from Arcadia Publishing and is in the Library of Congress (control # 2009923608)

AI Tenn takes on Bonnaroo 2009!


Wendy, Will & Lindsay had a great time at Bonnaroo 2009. Some highlights…running into Will at the That Tent (random!), Lindsay on another wild chase after her phone (at least she made it to the silent disco), and Wendy third row at Bruce Springsteen (we traded in these wings for some rock & roll!)
This is one of the best things Tennessee has to offer, we enjoyed meeting people from all over the U.S…can’t wait until 2010!