SkySupplies: “Get to the Chopper!”

We wish there was a zipline over Nashville so we could get super clean shots, but since that’s not an option — we use a helicopter. We love when we get to fly around with no doors. It’s such a thrill, and enables us to get shots in very dense areas like Nashville much easier than in a fixed wing plane.

Just the other day we flew around Nashville in an R44 Helicopter, snapping shots of some in-progress construction sites, the cityscape and a few creative pics. In the helicopter, we fly with the door off and shoot out the side. We do not “hang out” as many people think, but have a very secure safety harness.

We use helicopters mostly in dense urban areas and/or around airports as they are much easier to maneuver in busy airspaces. We like them because they can get low and we get our turns done much quicker so the entire flight is done very efficiently. Flying low is a “must” for us in order to get detailed shots of the construction process. If you read the blog post from last week then you know how passionate we are about accurately telling the story of our clients’ progress — that passion extends to the in-air shoots as well.

For the most part, we exclusively fly in Robinson helicopters because of their comparatively simple maintenance and reliability. We normally take the R22 which is a two seater and always fly with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI); however, yesterday, we had company — so we took the R44 (a four seater.) For anyone who is interested, the R-44 has a two blade rotor system and a T-bar cyclic and can cruise (at maximum gross weight) up to 109 kts (202 km/h).

Typically, we just go up to shoot for some of our clients; however, on a clear day, we are able to get some amazing pictures of the Nashville skyline. If you’re a local, you’ll totally understand the need for consistent photos of Nashville … the place is growing like a weed!

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Our SkySupplies… Grounded

Our name, Aerial Innovations, can be deceiving. While we do specialize in aerial photography, whether from a plane, helicopter or drone, we also take a TON of shots at the ground level. Primarily these shoots are for in-progress buildings and construction sites. We frequently are hired to track the progress of construction projects from the foundation on up.

We have a great deal of experience telling the stories of our client’s projects (and staying safe on construction sites!). Most of the time we just try to stay out of the way and let the buildings speak for themselves. When taking the final ground photos (the photos of the finished building) we are flies on the walls, using natural lighting, clean angles, and spacial awareness to get the best shots. We continue our minimal meddling in post-production, where we add very few effects/edits to ensure that we most accurately represent the space.

When we shoot, we have a couple of favorite cameras that we like to keep at the ready, but on our most recent shoot we only used the Canon 5D Mark II – EP 24-105mm and the FujiFilm XT10. The Canon 5D is awesome because of the auto ISO function (which allows us to easily switch between indoors, outdoors, and shadows) and the attention to detail. The FujiFilm is a great camera because it is super light and sturdy. There are no mirrors used in this camera, and it has a vintage feel … but with wi-fi. Both of these cameras enable us to take a journalistic approach to our photography.

Recently we took a trip to the site of the new Tennessee State Museum to shoot the laying of the first stone. We are so excited about this museum! There’s something about following a project all the way to the end with a camera in hand that makes us feel like a real member of the team (and in this case, the community).

Telling the story of a building is a unique privilege… obviously we can (and do!) handle some of the broader strokes from the air, but we are able to really exercise our narrative skills on the ground level. This makes us feel like a photography infantry and enables us to get down and dirty with interior shots, shots of the workers and unique angles that show the buildings in all their architectural glory. It’s where we really flex our photojournalistic muscles–telling the behind the scenes stories of iconic buildings from start to finish.

At Aerial Innovations, we’re proud members of the Tennessee community and look forward to having it well-represented by a state museum, heck, we’re even learning things in the process.

 

*Big thanks for Turner Construction for having us out to photograph your progress!

So Long 2014….Hello 2015! Please Bring the Sun Back

Another year has come to a close, they go by so quickly!! Especially when you are having fun. To say goodbye to another year is sad yet hopeful. We are always sad to see our projects grow up and leave us but all construction must come to an end (except road construction!) The views from above this past month have been a little on the drab side, I think we had only 4 days of sun in December and that was either on a Holiday or a weekend. But our photographers managed to pull out some very beautiful images of the landscape, Air force One plus lots of great construction shots (which look good with the great soft box in the sky.)

We hope your year was as fantastic as ours. Please enjoy our updated 2014 gallery of our best images. As always, thanks to our wonderful clients, pilots, vendors, friends and fans for giving us such great material. See you in 2015!! (I’m talking to you, Mr. Sun…what have we done? We promise to appreciate your warm rays all year, please come back!!)

Wendy Whittemore

Flight Commander – Aerial Innovations of TN & KY

Best of 2014 Images

Best of 2014 Images

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Aerial Innovations of Tennessee Ten Year!

Aerial Innovations of TN had a great time celebrating our 10 year anniversary earlier this month at the Main Street Gallery in East Nashville! The night was full of food, drink, art, and great company – we’re so happy with how it turned out. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that came out to help us celebrate and thank all of you for YOUR business, we wouldn’t be here without you. Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the night and here’s to 10 more years!

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Guests at our ten year anniversary gallery openingImage

Our Crew! (L-R) Wendy Whittemore, Pierre Vreyen, Kate Loehrer, Lindsay Scott, Marty Sellers, Will Sullivan, and Katie Rutsch.

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Lindsay and Pierre hamming it up!

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Our WINC Crew! (Women in Networking and Construction)

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

UT Computer Lab

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