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The Pros & Cons of Aerial Photography Part V

In the final article in his series on aerial photography, Erez Marom compares his experiences from three photography sessions and shares the lessons he learned from each

My first ‘serious’ photography flight was in Namibia, in March of 2014. I flew over Sossusvlei to capture the dunes of the Namib Desert in morning light. It was in a Robinson R44, which I previously mentioned is a great helicopter for photography flights, and both doors were taken off. I flew around one hour and fifteen minutes with an hourly rate of $850, which is quite good. I took one Canon 5D Mk III with a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 stabilized lens on it, plus a 70-300mm which I never actually used.

This was the flight on which I understood the need for two bodies, but I really did fine with the 24-70mm, as most of the beauty was in the larger-scaled structures, mainly the shapes of the dunes. About half an hour into the flight the pilot noticed mist between the dunes ahead – it was an easy decision to carry on flying and shoot the dunes shrouded in mist. Overall, the flight was …

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Erez Marom

Erez is a full-time nature photographer and traveler based in Israel. Erez authors professional articles on nature photography, and offers unique photography workshops in fascinating locations worldwide.

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