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Flying in a restored Huey

June 23, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
It’s a sunny Sunday morning and a loud womp-womp-womp sound is coming from outside a hanger at Hayward Executive Airport. A sound that is immediately recognizable to anyone who served in the Vietnam War or lived in South East Asia during that time. EMU Inc., a non-profit in Hayward California painstakingly restored Vietnam-era Huey to flying condi...
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I'm a nominee for the 7th Annual Black & White Spider Awards

June 16, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
My aerial shot of the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco was a nominee in the Professional Architecture Catagory:) It’s becoming quite a prestigious annual photography competition with the judges from the Tate Gallery in London, National Geographic, Bonhams Auction house, and more. http://www.thespiderawards.com/gallery/7th/gallery.php?g=&x=p&...
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Happy 75th birthday Golden Gate Bridge !

May 27, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Happy 75th birthday Golden Gate Bridge! Here’s another tilt-shift shot of one of the worlds most iconic bridges.
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My video testimonial for the Speck Handyshell iPad case

May 18, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Here’s my video testimonial for the ipad case I use on aerial shoots. The shoot was a lot of fun, I got some great new shots of San Francisco including some new tilt-shift shots. I used a WFT-E4 IIA wifi grip on a Canon 5D Mk2 to send low resolution jpeg images to shuttersnitch on the iPad. It was a great way to review images while still in the ai...
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Who knew that Alcatraz had loads of solar panels on the roof ?

April 05, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Who knew that Alcatraz had loads of solar panels on the roof of the cell block? The National Park Service is using renewable energy in some of it’s over parks too. Here’s a view looking straight down on to the exercise yard. I was going to shoot some tilt shift shots of Alcatraz Island, but one building or water tower is covered in scaffolding an...
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Looking straight down on a junk yard in Hayward, CA.

March 22, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Looking straight down on a junk yard in Hayward, CA. I love that they’ve laid the cars out in a herringbone pattern.
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Salt ponds near the Dumbarton Bridge, San Francisco Bay

February 24, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Salt ponds near the Dumbarton Bridge, San Francisco Bay. These ponds can range in color from pale green to bright red depending on the salinity of the pond. I’ll have to spend some more time shooting the vibrant colors and the abstract shapes these salt ponds make. I want to go back again for another shoot when they are bright red!
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Last Thursday was a perfect day for an aerial shoot

February 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Last Thursday was a perfect day for an aerial shoot. Speck (who make the awesome ipad case I use) filmed me for a video testimonial for their web site. I’ve added another San Francisco land mark to my Tilt-Shift Series:-) I’ll have quite a few more images and some video to post soon. Stay tuned!
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My very first aerial shoot

December 30, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
Today is the 30th anniversary of my first published photograph. It also happened to be my first ride in a helicopter, and my first attempt at aerial photography. My school had visit from a military helicopter and gave a few students a short ride around the surrounding area. I lived near the school, so there was just enough time to run home, grab m...
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Speck Case for aerial photography

November 25, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
The ultimate ipad accessory might well be a helicopter, but I’ll have to settle for a good case for an ipad to use when I’m shooting from one. I spent a while looking for the right case to use on aerial shoots and the Speck HandyShell for the ipad 2 i s perfect. The case holds my ipad nice and securely. The red handle is handy for attaching a cli...
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I’m a nominee for the Photography masters Cup

November 03, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
One of my aerial tilt shift shots of a freeway is a nominee in the Aerial Photography Category of this years awards. I even get my own press release! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY NOMINATE US PHOTOGRAPHER Jon Hope AT 5TH ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP LONDON – Professional photographer Jon Hope from the USA was presented with...
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Hayward Airport

October 30, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
Tilt- Shift of Hayward Airport
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Tracking and geotagging aerial photos

October 03, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
I recently got an ipad, and it’s been very useful to have on shoots. In the back of the helicopter an ipad is lot more convenient for notes and shot lists than bits of paper blowing around. I used a great free App GPX Master to track the path the helicopter flew, and then used the GPX file it created to geotag all my images. You need a separate pr...
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Moss Landing Power Plant

September 26, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
Moss Landing Power Plant in the fog. The stacks are 500ft high and can be seen throughout the Monterey Bay Area.
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Morning fog over Monterey Bay

September 25, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
Morning fog over Monterey Bay on my way to a client shoot last Friday. I flew with Specialized Helicopters out of Watsonville.
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