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Background and History

aerial-photography-services-photographs-durban-kwazulu-natal-south-africaSteve started dabbling with aerial photography in 1994, making use of a Powered Paraglider. This marvellous craft allowed ideal positioning on site and was a stable platform, operating at a very low cost. Perhaps the only drawback to a PPG was it’s limitations in terms of speed, allowing for only one target site per outing. So whilst the PPG got Steve into the air and provided a low operating cost, it was not productive. Now using regular aircraft since 2008 which have ‘the legs’ to go out and position for the capture of say 6 – 10 sites, in the same time frame as what the PPG did just one site – so a much improved and more economical method of getting up there and gathering imagery. Wherever feasible, the aircraft of choice now is a top wing SkyReach Bush Cat and it’s most favoured attribute is the slow loitering speed for photography and yet the speed to travel quickly to distant sites.

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Beach to Berg

This iconic image of Kwa Zulu Natal and Durban, captured by Steve after 3yrs on ‘stand-by’ for the correct weather. The image updates that of the late John Hone who made this pic famous when he first captured it back in 1988.

Correct atmospheric conditions for this image requires the passing of a wet cold front, which is rare due to our dry winter climate. It was three days of rain which rinsed the atmosphere squeaky clean and dropped a blanket of snow on The Drakensberg.

The image was shot from 9000’ASL at a point 10kms out to sea and using a SONY A850 full frame 24Megapix camera and a SONY f2.8 28-75SAM lens.

Set at f10 and resulting in a shutter speed of 1/250th second, which is very slow for aerial photography, making this a “lucky” capture and perhaps facilitated only because of the perfectly stable shooting conditions.

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