An article I wrote for the Manfrotto School of Excellence has just been published about how to best shoot out of helicopters. Take a look if you have a head for heights...
With Winter drawing in and the nights getting shorter, I can't help but crave some Californian sunshine. Here's a panorama taken of the Hollywood Sign and surrounding hills from up by the Griffiths Observatory contrasted with a skater catching some air at Venice Beach...
I've been getting a lot of press recently which is great ranging from photography blogs writing on my work, being interviewed on the radio including Ireland's largest talk and the attached piece which was just published in the Daily Mail/Mail Online. Just click on the picture to read the story:
High up at 9000ft in the meadows of one of my favourite National Parks, Yosemite in California it was amazing to see the Milky Way clearer than I had ever witnessed before. Using a long exposure and manually focusing the camera to infinity, my camera was able to bring out the wonder of the sky above that was so clearly visible given that I was away from the light pollution of the city. I included some foreground elements to contextualize the grandeur and vastness of our universe. This shot is going to look great blown up big!
I'm delighted to announce that I've been made a Manfrotto ambassador and extremely excited to be associated with such a prestigious and established brand within the photographic industry.
I won an incredible photography experience with NYonAir to shoot out a chopper high above Miami, a city which is experiencing an urban boom with real estate exploding, an ever expanding art scene and hordes of tourists flocking to its golden sand beaches...what better way then to document this awesome city than from high in the skies!
Flying in a helicopter without doors allows for completely clear and stunning views; it also means that you can shoot uninterrupted throughout the flight and often almost straight down if you wish.
What I really like about NYonAir which I will elaborate on in a further post from when I flew with them again in NYC, is that many of their pilots are also photographers. This means they have an understanding of how to maneuver the choppers to the best spots in order so that I could get the best shots.
I flew at sunset just as the light was fading which presented a challenge as you need to keep a high shutter speed when shooting out a helicopter both due to it's obvious movement (they can travel up to 120mph) and the vibrations caused by the rotars. Therefore, I was constantly compensating during the flight with various ISOs and apertures in order to mean I got the right exposure to capture the lights just as they came on over South Beach, Ocean Drive and the various hotels and condominiums packed along the South Florida coastline. Below are a few of my favourite shots.
I recently had this very nice article written on me and my photographic journey after being chosen to judge a photography competition in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup to be held in England later this year. Here's the first paragraph:
"As our journey towards Rugby World Cup continues, we meet an individual who has applied a fearless attitude to life. Instead of standing on the turf and accepting the challenge of the fearsome Haka, packing down in the front row ahead of a scrum engagement or tackling the flying winger as he breaks away to score a seemingly certain try; Adam Jacobs showed his determination to succeed in very different circumstances."
Click on the picture below to read the article in full:
I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the winner of a recent photography contest where the aim was to encapsulate Miami in a single shot from the ground with the winner taking to the the skies to shoot South Beach hanging from a helicopter. The competition was run by the aerial content company NYon Air who have just launched their services there. They produce some amazing aerial content based out of New York providing some stunning cinematography and photography from high in the skies and are expanding across the US. I'll be blogging about this unique prize in time but, below is the winning shot and me in the chopper before take off:
It's not often you encounter an abandoned swimming pool when urban exploring so this was quite a find...not sure whether I would have fancied taking a swim though?