Entering the digital age of aerial photography
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Aerial photography can be both challenging and rewarding. I began back in the days of film and used the same precise exposure calculations in the air as I did on the ground. There was exact composition and a single click for each
location since I was limited to 36 exposures before having to try and reload the camera. It was all business back then and with my transition to digital, I was suddenly tossed into what seemed to be unlimited exposures. With high
capacity CF/SD cards I was able to capture additional images that were not on my shoot list. It was the start of a new era where I could have the equivalent of at least 3 rolls of film on 1 card, as of 2006. We now have 32G cards (2009).
When I have a choice, I'll use film over digital.

My aerial work can be anything from architectural to wildlife and the lenses I use vary just as much. The lens is critical when working from the air, I was using a mid-range Micro lens when I did this air to air series at 80 MPH.

It’s all in the image. It’s either right or wrong and my experience shows in these images. They're so sharp, you can see the guide wire and count rivets.
This is the image as captured
This is a cropped section above the first 7 from the same image.
Guide Wire ->
Wire ->
<- Antenna
<- Antenna
I started out doing my aerial work with film. I used Velvia  50 and Provia 100F.

The Winter pictures in the second row and the Model pictures are film images, the rest are digital. Digital rules for this kind of work, since the client usually needed it done yesterday !