The view from just a few feet off the ground creates a completely different perspective on reality. It is one reason many people take pictures from hilltops and mountains. It is why panoramas and wide angle photographs are popular. It is why people have mounted cameras on kites, stuck cameras on poles and hung them from balloons to capture images. It is the big picture people yearn to see, what is going on around them. I work on translating the what I see while flying open cockpit weight shift control aircraft into images that others can experience. I'm interested in the big picture and the little picture but viewed from angles and perspectives not accessible to ground based photographers. I find interesting subjects that suggest an idea and then put the aircraft in a position to capture an image that best reflects the idea. Aerotrekking, the term used to describe low leveling flying in these aircraft, is where I spend a good deal of time when exploring and photodocumenting the landscape in the bootheel of New Mexico with the Sky Gypsies.
While many images are traditional down and oblique view photographs, the most interesting are those areial photographs that look out and up. It is a perspective that is not anticipated from aerial photography. This is only possible from a highly maneuverable light sport aircraft that can travel slow enough and low enough to allow close up photography of landscape features but also high and fast enough to get the big picture.
Drinking: Coffee, lots of coffee