Earlier this month we published an image of a stealth bomber, taken from above, shot by a photographer who hung out a plane. And now you have to see the work of Jin-Woo Prensena, who captures 100-megapixel aerial images of Los Angeles and beyond with a Phase One XF medium-format camera, shooting from a helicopter.
Prensena’s enthusiasm for aerial photography was born as a result of his friendship with helicopter pilot Aaron Fitzgerald. The pair work in unison to grab the shots; using a harness for support, Prensena hangs out the side of the helicopter to shoot images from directly above, while Fitzgerald navigates the chopper.
Naturally, there are a number of obstacles for such extreme shooting conditions. Most obviously, the heavy winds that come with shooting while traveling outdoors at such a height make his eyes water quite intensely. Prensena says it’s impossible to hear his camera’s shutter.
Such high megapixel count means that even while shooting at 7,500 feet, the images can still be printed in high resolution to a size of up to 58 by 103 inches. He says the images become inevitable conversation topics for his clients, which means business spreads strongly through word of mouth. Similar to the stealth bomber photo, he even managed to capture a plane from above.
The pair even managed to grab some footage of them at work. Watch below:
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