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The flying porthole collection

by Mike

6 April 2013 • Having some constraints, such as the safety belt and the limited view is something that whets my appetite for creativity. A window can be dirty from the outside, and you can have bad luck with the visibility or the wing.

My challenge is always to make a nice composition that includes the sea, a lake or a river, or something in relation to that, like a ship or an island.

In comparison, doing a photo shoot by helicopter gives an enormous freedom. No door, no window, and I tell the pilot what to do. For these photos my tools are the camera and the chopper.

The only restriction is often the budget. Once airborne with a helicopter I could go on for hours and hours. Fuel and finance will eventually force a return to base.

My work horse for the heli is the Phase One camera system. When flying a regular plane I just use my little Sony HX9V.



Miami - Sint Maarten, 16 March 2013. Key Biscayne.Oslo - Brussels, 3 March 2013. North SeaKirkeness - Oslo, 3 March 2013Heliflight over the Stockholm archipelago, 28 January 2013Strasbourg - Belgrade, 28 June 2012. The Danube.Paris CDG - Venice, 6 May 2012. Costa Fascinosa, here we come.Brussels - Nantes, 3 May 2012. Nantes, along the river Loire.Stockholm ARN - Brussels, 27 April 2012. Helsingborg - Helsingor.Tenerife - Paris CDG, 21 January 2012. Atlantic Ocean.Mykonos - Athens, 24 October 2011. No ferries because of the strike.Zurich - Athens, 20 October 2011. Zurichsee.Heli photoshoot over Calais, 1 July 2011.Heliflight over the Stockholm archipelago, 21 June 2011. Late night, long shadows, Midsummer