This year the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an active hurricane season for the Atlantic coast. Now that Hurricane Irene has safely passed, New Jersey’s shore towns came through the storm relevantly unscathed.
With this in mind, I was looking for a unique vantage point to illustrate the development of Brigantine Island and how precariously perched the people that live on it are. With the back bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, most of the island is just 5 to 10 feet above sea level.
I made this photo from a Robinson R44 helicopter. The pilot took the doors off and I was strapped in and able to lean out. From this unrestricted perspective I had complete freedom to look out at spectacular views up and down the coastline.
When shooting aerials you need to use a high shutter speed. The vibration from the helicopter and its wind drag from the main rotor wash can make for a wobbly flight and some possible blurry images. It’s important to keep your elbows in, isolate yourself from the vibration by not touching any part of the helicopter, except the padded seat, and shoot a lot of frames. And don’t forget to keep your camera strap around your neck!
My setting were 24mm, 1/1000sec, ISO 400