Night Fliers

It’s dark, we’re going fast, all landmarks are lost, neon signs from adult stores are the brightest thing on the ground, the gyro is spinning at 24,000 rpms, and the wind is blowing….night time aerial photography…what a rush!

Rachel and Wendy (with fiance Rodger) of Aerial Innovations of TN had the opportunity to shoot Choate Construction’s Rhythm Condominiums during their night time pour as they “topped out” or reached their final elevated pour (to laymen…they reached the roof!). The 14th floor of the 99 unit was poured on the evening of July 24th.  Aerial Innovations is pleased to be working with Choate for the duration of the project which is expected to be completed in early 2009.

Below are a few of the photos from the evening.  In preparation, we begin watching the skies early in the week for the exact time of that perfect color.  Gear has to be very familiar as most of your equipment is in the dark (I knew those darkroom skills would come in handy!).  The conflict has always been to get a low shutter speed to record the low light while still keeping your subject in focus since you are moving. Enter the handheld gyro, it takes a little practice and now with digital, you can check your results right away.

Posted by Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc.