airscapes | tampa, florida

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Client:  “Want to spend five hours in a helicopter for us over Tampa?”  Me:  “Sure, what do you want me to shoot?” Client: “Whatever you want.”  Me:  Big smile.

I spent five hours up in the air for Morris Visitor Publications just wandering around the airspace basically just playing with color, line, and shape.  We’d find a person floating in a pool and circle them for a bit until they thought they were being spied on.  We buzzed coastlines and hunted (visually) dolphins, manatees, and rays.  We even spent some time at theme parks – albeit from a few hundred feet.  It’s so refreshing to just pick something on the map I thought might look interesting and go check it out – even better with a helicopter and pilot to make it happen in a few minutes on whim and channel the inner Laforet in me.

Seeing the area from up there makes me really appreciate where I get to live, but it also reduces it to really simple terms of why I love it.  The light is gorgeous, the landscape is beautiful, and the color is off the charts…and, yes, it’s weird.

These pictures and five other gigs I shot them in recent weeks, will be coming out in their great TampaWhere and OrlandoWhere guestbooks, you can see after you check into that hotel in downtown Tampa. Just check out the coffee table.

Big thanks to Old City Helicopters for the ride!

For more, please check out my Photoshelter archive here: http://chiplitherland.photoshelter.com/gallery/Tampa-Aerials/G0000.NUAFDsvgZw

9 thoughts on “airscapes | tampa, florida

    • I had a couple place I knew I wanted to shoot, Jill, but I had five hours and some awesome pilots who would let me just tell them where to go. Fun stuff. Thanks!

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