Welcome to my blogHanging out in, and sometimes out of helicopters ! Award winning aerial photography of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

All Posts   2016   2015    2014    2013    2012    2011

Phase One Gyro Promotion

July 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Phase One used one of my favorite images that I shot with the IQ 250 a couple of weeks back for new promotion The image detail really is that good!
Read the Full Post »

Out with the old

July 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Out with the old and in with the new. The old span is slowly being dismantled on the Bay Bridge. The smoke at the bottom of the frame was from some welding or cutting on the old span. Here's an example of the detail from the Phase One IQ 250 CMOS back. The above shot is pretty much full frame apart from the horizon being corrected. Below is a 10...
Read the Full Post »

Testing a phase one camera

July 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Testing a 50 megapixel Phase One camera yesterday morning, I didn't want to give it back:)
Read the Full Post »

Vote for me !

June 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
I’ve entered some new work in the The Open a world wide photography competition. In 2012 my Sunrise in the Sunset shot was included in the final 200 images. I entered a night time aerial view of San francisco, and five aerials from my Iceland trip. My submission included two new abstract views of the Ölfusá River Please vote for my entries - You...
Read the Full Post »

A trip to the museum ( The Helicopter Museum)

February 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Back in January on a trip to the UK, I was looking for a fun afternoon escape from the dreary winter rain. The Helicopter Museum near my parent’s place in Somerset was well worth the visit, especially at a mere £6.50. The museum has the largest collection of helicopters in the world. Two hangars are crammed full of an incredible assortment of mode...
Read the Full Post »

2013 International Photography Awards - 3rd place and an honorable mention

September 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
My aerial of the Sunset district took 3rd place in the Architecture - Cityscapes category and my Salt ponds shot got an Honorable Mention in Nature - Aerial category. This year the 2013 International Photography Awards received nearly 15,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe. The jury included respected magazine photo editors, curato...
Read the Full Post »

Icelandic Roads from the air

September 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
I only had time for a quick shoot during my Iceland trip but the landscape near Reykjavik changes pretty dramatically in only 15 minutes of flying. Bláfjallavegur Road looked amazing curving through the snow covered lava fields near the Thrihnukagigur Volcano. The lava fields had some interesting patterns so I spent a little time trying to get som...
Read the Full Post »

Colourful apartment buildings in Reykjavik, Iceland

August 17, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Scandinavian houses use a lot of colour for the exteriors. I’m not sure why, but it makes for some great photos. It’s good to see that the tradition also applies to larger buildings such as these blocks of flats (apartments) in Reykjavik.
Read the Full Post »

Last minute aerial shoot in Iceland

May 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
I had a great last minute aerial shoot on my short trip to Iceland. Reykjavik Helicopters made it happen with almost no notice on a cold but clear morning only a couple of hours before my flight back to London. Thanks guys - it was the highlight of my trip. It was pretty windy, check out the horizontal windsock! I concentrated on mostly new abs...
Read the Full Post »

A couple of weeks ago I did a dusk shoot over San Francisco

March 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
A couple of weeks ago I did a dusk shoot over San Francisco - Something that really challenges the limits of even the newest cameras. I have a bunch more editing to do, but here’s a taster. This is shot on a Canon 5D Mk3 at 1/40 second 10000 ISO! The Bay Bridge looks amazing at night from the air. I really like the reflections of the lights in...
Read the Full Post »

I'm a finalist for the 2012 World Open of Photography

November 20, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
One of my aerial shots of San francisco made it into the final 200 photos for the 2012 World Open of Photography. I took this shot on a crystal clear morning over the Sunset district of San Francisco. Despite the hopeful name, this is a neighborhood that is usually covered in fog. So when I saw the opportunity to shoot these long straight streets,...
Read the Full Post »

Election Day !

November 06, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Election Day! San Francisco’s City Hall on Van Ness Avenue. This aerial view was shot on a Canon 45mm TS-E Lens and the blurring is in camera, not photoshopped!
Read the Full Post »

Playoff Time !

October 07, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Playoff Time! Here’s a Tilt-Shift aerial photo of ATT park, home of the San Francisco Giants. This shot and other aerials are available for sale at my online store: aerials.jonhope.com
Read the Full Post »

Apple's 3D map vs Actually Being There

September 23, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
When I saw the 3D map in Apple’s latest iOS 6 features video I thought it was funny to see they show off this new feature by flying around the Transamerica Pyramid. It’s a view I know pretty well! I can see how the 3D feature could be handy for scouting out aerial locations to shoot from ahead of time, but you don’t get the sense of perspective th...
Read the Full Post »

Near Fresno on a client shoot last week

August 26, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
I was near Fresno on a client shoot last week, and not surprisingly saw a lot of vineyards, fields and orchards from the air. The Central Valley is massive and covers 22,500 square miles, much of which is farmland. This colorful field caught my eye. I’ll have to make another trip just for stills to get some more. There is a lot of potential for co...
Read the Full Post »

Posts by year








January February March (1) April May (1) June July August (1) September (2) October November December
January February (1) March April (1) May June (1) July (1) August September October (1) November (1) December
January February March (1) April (2) May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December