Shooting from a small airplane

5 months 5 days ago #625281 by Farestad
I've been hired on my a small rancher to shoot his property both on land and by air.  Land is no problem no questions.  The part I'm a little unsure about is the ranch owner has a small grass strip runway on his property and his own airplane (Cessna 208 Caravan) he's going to take me up in so we can take photographs from the air of his property.  

His plane has a roll up door in the back that I'll be photographing from.  I'll be in a harness and tethered to the inside of the plane to keep me from falling out.  

I don't suppose I could get any tips on shooting property this way?  Any tips at all would be great as I've not don't ANYTHING like this before.  Sure to be an adventure either way!  

Thanks!

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EF 70-200mm f/4
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5 months 5 days ago #625282 by Farestad
Oh, here's a wiki page on his plane so you can see what I'm going up in.   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cessna_208_Caravan

EF 50mm f/1.4
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
EF 100mm f/2
EF 70-200mm f/4
EF 18-55mm
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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5 months 5 days ago #625329 by garyrhook
You likely want a very high shutter speed to mitigate vibration from the plane and wind.


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5 months 5 days ago #625336 by GaryA
You want at least two bodies, as you don't want to change lenses on the fly and in the wind. Make sure the cameras are well secured to your body.  Trust your harness. 

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5 months 5 days ago #625345 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day mate

From some previous light aero stuff I've done, I would take only the 70-200 on this first run 'upstairs'

Set ISO-400 + 1/1500 or higher and use the full length of the zoom to grab 'wide' and 'narrow' views of the property. Once back on terra-firma and looking over the best of the results with him [ie: after you've tidied up any non-acceptable ones], if in the conversation is appears that he wants / needs wide-angle images & out to the horizon, then you get a 2nd air flight!!

Work with the rancher - choose time of day for shadows etc - make the plan & see it all come together

Hope this helps
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5 months 5 days ago #625385 by Hassner
I am still not sure how the farmer wants his farm shot.
Some want technical vertical shots like an up to date google earth.
Then a at least 24mm on a full sensor body might not be wide enough.


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5 months 3 days ago #625664 by Chuck Liley
Make sure you hold on all your glass!  

Remember a few years ago that 105mm lens fell through someone roof from falling out of an airplane? 


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