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 Story Behind the Photo

Every picture tells a story…and sometimes the story behind the photo can be just as fascinating . We love to share the stories of how we got the images because that is our motivation. We love scouting out a location, figuring what the best time of day is and how to get the best angle. The image below has created a lot of buzz in our office so we thought we’d share the story behind the photo.

The client hired us to capture their newly expanded water treatment facility on the Cumberland River. The choice to shoot at twilight was made by our client and we suggested to shoot with a drone to capture the water, setting sun and the facility from an interesting perspective. The sky was ordered about 2 weeks ahead of time and came in just like we wanted….ok, that was a joke, we can’t order a beautiful sky. But in this image, we could not have asked for a better sunset.

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The image was shot in 3 sections and then stitched together in Photoshop in order to show the facility and the river in one image. The exposure of 1/5 sec gave some smoothness to the water and by keeping the ISO under 500 we had a very clean image to work with. The gimbals on the camera attached to the drone made it possible to shoot at such a slow shutter speed and keep it sharp.

Let us know what you think about the image….we look forward to sharing more stories behind our photographs!

 

Our Best Images of 3Q2014

We love to show off our best images every quarter. These past few months have been quite eventful for us photographically (new buildings opening, bridges getting blown up, beautiful sunrise and twilight shoots, a magnificent soccer facility…and more!) See some of our pics below and be sure to visit our main gallery for all our best pics. Oh, and almost forgot,  the most beautiful landscape in the world, our own Tennessee Rivers. Who has the best job? (lucky you get to come along.) Enjoy!

Wendy Whittemore – Flight Commander

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View of Nashville from the new Acme Feed & Seed on Broadway

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Our flying companion

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Beautiful Tennessee Rivers

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New Belmont Academic Building

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Sometimes they build, sometimes they blow it up. Paducah, KY

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Luck sometimes has something to do with it

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Classic Memphis, Mississippi River

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They scored a Goal on this one! What a unique facility

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Ground Twilight in the Gulch

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

3 Months of Photo Goodness

Some of our best images from the last 3 months

Some of our best images from the last 3 months

Another 3 months have come and gone since our last image review and boy have we been busy!! It was a beautiful spring and we had so many great opportunities for spectacular photo shoots including a night shoot in Owensboro, KY, 3 days of ground photos in Memphis, and watching the new Acme building in Nashville come together. (See if you can spot Johnny Cash..and Senator Lamar Alexander.) For your enjoyment, we have gathered the best of the best; aerial, ground and creative. Did your project make it? Do you have a favorite? Let us know!!

Click here to see the entire gallery of 36 images

Wendy Whittemore – Flight Commander

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11 Years Flying High!

Next Friday, June 6 is an important date here at Aerial Innovations of TN & KY. That was the day we set up shop in Nashville, TN in 2003. Can’t believe it’s been 11 years already!! And we pale in comparison to the longevity of our sister companies in Florida and Georgia (from whom we learned EVERYTHING!!).  All of us celebrate our “birthdays” in the spring,  Tampa turned 27 on May 9th. Click the link below to view images from their celebration:

Aerial Innovations of FL, Tampa Turns 27!

In Georgia, Sheri and the gang celebrated 23 years with a few blasts from the past, check out this opening day photo from the GA Dome:

Aerial Innovations of GA Turns 23!

So, we are just babies here in TN & KY, but we still know how to have fun. We have gathered some of our favorite “AI in Action” shots to share. View the link below to see what a day in the life of the best job in the world is like:

Aerial Innovations of TN & KY Turns 11!

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Image Review

Did you know that every quarter, the photographers at Aerial Innovations of TN & KY get together to review the past three months of images? We call this our Image Review and we look at everything; the good, the bad and the “not so pretty” (Hey, are we going to tell you we take ugly photos? No way!). This is a great team building exercise for us and provides a lot of benefits for our clients including:

  • Quality Control – We see what we do right and try and emulate that.
  • Issue Avoidance – New photographers not quite getting it? They will now!
  • Client Preferences – We talk a lot about each client and what they prefer
  • Ohhs and Ahhs – Yes, we like looking at our photos as much as you!

Below is a photo of our team hard at work reviewing the last three months of images. To see some of our favorites from that time period, visit this link to our 2014 Best of Gallery. Why wait until the end of the year? Happy Viewing!

Aerial Innovations photographers hard at work!

Aerial Innovations photographers hard at work!

Photos We Love!

Ready for Work!

Ready for Work!

The staff at Aerial Innovations has gone through all of our Best of 2013 photos and chosen their favorites in time for Valentine’s Day. Here are some of the photos we took last year that we love. There were way to many to choose from…maybe you would have chosen differently? Click here to see the entire gallery and let us know what you think!

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Bridgestone Arena

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Taxi for Takeoff

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A window office

A window office

Best Photos of 2012

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!

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Flying is Fun! – link to see more of us in action

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UT Computer Lab – link to see other projects

Lake Patterns - link to see more of our Best of 2012

Lake Patterns – link to see more of our Best of 2012

Fun in the Smokies

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.