I’ve written before about how aerial photography can show things from the air that cannot be seen from the ground. On a shoot over County Durham recently, I was reminded again how the ebb and flow of architectural style through the years can sometimes leave some significant marks behind. Bishop Auckland is a fairly small [...]
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When I gave my initial thoughts on the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise, I mentioned that it’s compact dimensions and multitude of storage options should make it a very good aerial photographers bag. Well after my first flight using it, I can confirm my thoughts. The rear seat area of a Robinson R44 is always [...]
Wetherby Bridge, over the River Wharfe, is a location I’ve driven past many times over the years. Indeed one of my favourite fish n chip takeaways is just a stones throw from the bridge. Locals will know which one I mean. But until recently, I’d never shot aerial photography of Wetherby. Passing overhead en-route to [...]
Using photography from the air, you reveal things about the makeup of the land that you cannot see from the ground. This is the first of a series of aerial images showing ‘targets of opportunity’ or pictures that drop into place as we’re flying to the assignment. This golf course in Yorkshire was shot almost [...]
Back in 2008, there was controversy on Teesside when a selection of ex-US Navy warships arrived for disposal. Controversy due to the fact that while they were bringing work to the area, they also brought along a significant amount of Asbestos as part of their structure. This shot is what I call a ‘target of [...]
In 2008, the this large pharmaceutical plant at Seal Sands, in the North East of England was declared for sale. As part of the sales process, we were commissioned by the owners to create a series of aerial images to complement ground based photography. The advertising brochure design called for a combination of oblique images, [...]
This shot could quite easily be mistaken for something it’s not. Shoot south into the sun in the early part of the year, make sure there’s a power station chimney in the shot and you have the perfect aerial stock picture for use in greenhouse gas stories and many other topics. But that’s not the [...]
One of the things I love about aerial photography is how it’s nearly always a snapshot in time. We’re constatly changing and re-developing our landscape and even buildings and structures I’ve known since I was a child don’t escape this process. Anyone flying in or out of Teesside Airport, or Durham Tees Valley as it [...]
A quick image from last weekend, shot ‘from the hip’ as we circled around overhead Bassenthwaite Lake near Keswick. It’s only when viewed from above that the vast expanses of water that form this area become apparent. I’d happily spend thousands of pounds of flying hours in this area, such is the richness of the [...]
Neill has a brand new website for aerial photography, you can find this blog post about aerial photography in Cumbria and the Lake District over here
I love flying, but hate airports. Having to be there at 4.30 am for a 6.30 am flight is never common sense in my view, but that’s the world we live in today. Most times, I manage to make it to the airport, onto the jet and into a seat without having to wake too [...]
Just moved this post across to Neill’s new aerial photography website, dedicated to professional aerial photography It still exists and if you’re looking for information on how to book aerial photography, you’ll find a lot more information here
Most of the time when I’m shooting aerial photography, there’s a fairly heavy, long lens installed, generally the 70-200 IS Canon EF lens, one of my favourites. That’s because we’ve generally been commissioned to get a nice, tight detail view of a building and it’s immediate vicinity. So when I recalled this shot of Whitehaven, [...]
An awful lot of my work with aerial photography isn’t quite as glamourous or exciting as it initially sounds…. It’s really nice when you get those commissions to shoot unusual buildings or other large projects from the air, but what many people don’t realise is that those lovely shiny buildings, stadiums and motorway bridges actually [...]
Sometimes you see a shot that grabs your attention and this is one of them. Taken by NASA’s Modis Rapid Response Satellite, it show the United Kingdom this week in a way I’ve never seen it – covered in snow 100% I know lots of people are grumbling about the weather, the state of the [...]
The whole saga of ship dismantling on Hartlepool has been much discussed in the local and national news, with the project being delayed. These old US Navy ships are to be scrapped eventually, but meanwhile they’re a local landmark from both the ground and the air. This aerial photograph of the ships shows the fleet [...]
Football stadiums and other large structures naturally lend themselves to aerial photography. The aerial photographs of stadiums and football grounds are used in a variety of publications and are available to download and licence through our stock photography library. If you are looking for a professional aerial photographer, please contact Neill Watson using our contact [...]
Almost home from a shoot, late in the day and I couldn’t help grabbing a wide angle lens and trying to see how much scene we could get in without removing the helicopter door…. Actually more that this, but the blades crept in from above! Note to self – look upwards as well as down [...]
A very frequently asked question indeed. Although the majority of my work is for commercial clients and stock images, it’s very easy to get a photograph of your own house. The photographs can be supplied as a large format print of any size ready for framing and make a lovely gift. The example case study [...]
Shooting vertical downward view aerials. Always very cold, lots of height, a really good pilot who knows what you want, an understanding Air Traffic Controller and standing the aircraft on it’s wingtip……
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