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  • Behind the Scenes at Helicopter Big Bear

    For the Fourth of July weekend, my friend Rachel (who is a fellow photographer/filmmaker) and I decided to relax up at Big Bear Lake with a cozy little mountain cabin. Of course, there is no rest for the aviation enthusiast, though. I managed to set up a photo shoot with Helicopter Big Bear, located at the Big Bear City Airport. This company offers an assortment of scenic tours in both their helicopter and airplane. They also offer flights for photographers, which I will have to do next time!

    Photos by Rachel Marie Smith.

    Rachel took some Polaroid images of me working on the tarmac. Although most of my magic happens behind the computer, angle, lens, and light are really key to a dynamic aircraft image. I love the vintage effect on the expired film from The Impossible Project too.

    Photos by Rachel Marie Smith.

    Here are a few of the finished photographs. Other photos from this shoot will be posted into my Aviation gallery soon.

    Jennifer and the pilot, Roy, were great to work with and very accommodating. It's great to meet people as passionate and excited about aviation as I am!

    A big thank you to Helicopter Big Bear for letting me work with their beautiful helicopter and aircraft as well as Rachel for the behind the scenes photos.