Aerial Art

Jet Skiing on Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island

Jet Skiing on Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island

I love to fly! Flight for me is a freedom far removed from the everyday existence down here on solid earth. You can view the world from a different perspective much like the birds and other flying critters. While I enjoy large aircraft like Boeing 747’s that can haul you up to 12,000 metres (40,000 feet) my preference is the 75 to 750 metre (250 to 2,500 foot) level. Here the details of the landscape below are visible in fine detail, items that I can smell and touch once I get back down on terra ferma. 

My preference for flying at these levels is either helicopters or ultralights with in many ways the ultralight getting my first nod. It’s very seat of the pants, you with the wind and the birds. For the ultimate flight experience I expect paragliders would be the best and this is on my “to do” list. I don’t expect paragliding to be good for photography however.

While flight gives you the freedom above the land, scuba diving can provide a similar experience beneath the waves. For this reason I also enjoy scuba diving which for most of us will be the closest we will ever get to the weightlessness of space. A good combination if you ask me!

While most of the aerial photography I do is of bays, mountains, islands and even houses what I get the most joy from as a photographer is shooting abstract and detail images which I have come to call “aerial art”. Here are a few of my recent aerial art photos.

Birds, Chemainus River Estuary, Vancouver Island

Birds, Chemainus River Estuary, Vancouver Island

Aerial Photo of Log Booms, Ladysmith Harbour

Aerial Photo of Log Booms, Ladysmith Harbour

Aerial Photo of the Chemainus River Estuary, Vancouver Island

Aerial Photo of the Chemainus River Estuary, Vancouver Island

Aerial Photo of the Cowichan Golf and Country Club, Honeymoon Bay

Aerial Photo of the Cowichan Golf and Country Club, Honeymoon Bay

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8 Responses to “Aerial Art”

  1. Chris says:

    Hi Kevin, thanks for the comment you left on my blog – it’s good to know people think it’s useful.

    And can I just say “wow” at these aerial photos! It’s the hope of one day being able to take captivating photos like this that keeps me trying to learn the ropes of photography :)

  2. Lynn says:

    Kevin, These are beautiful. I particularly like the birds and logs, as they are bit more abstract, requiring more than a casual look. Lynn

  3. kevin says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the comment about the aerials. I sure enjoy shooting them and they do have a “wow” feeling to them, partly because it’s not a normal view for most people. It’s great that it inspires you!

    Keep up the good work on your blog, good solid information there.

  4. kevin says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I’m not surprised by the aerial photos you like as so much of your work is abstract. My favourite of the selection is the birds. I keep on thinking it would make an excellent framed print.

  5. Lynn says:

    Yes, Kevin, the birds would make an excellent framed print.

  6. dave the rave says:

    hi kevin,
    these aerial shots are magnificent. you make me see beautiful things. inspirational photography.

  7. Margy says:

    I love to take photographs when I fly, but my problem is the curved plexiglass windshield and side windows. We also have a low wing aircraft, so that doesn’t help. But I still have gotten a few good aerial shots. Love your photography, thanks for stopping by to comment on my post about the Olympic sign. Fly over us in Powell River and take a shot of our cabin up the lake. If you come in a plane on floats, stop in for a visit. – Margy

  8. kevin says:

    Dave – I’m thrilled you enjoy the aerials, a slightly different perspective on the world.

    Margy – It sounds like you enjoy flying as well but you are correct about the side windows and low wing. Still the views are amazing. I flew into Abbottsford a few years ago following the Fraser River with beautiful light playing with fog patches, something I’ll always remember.

    If I’m heading up your way I’ll get in touch. I love the Powell River area although haven’t had much time to explore it.

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