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?
As part of my ongoing "Abandoned Spaces" project, I have began to incorporate more and more abandoned high schools; they are both visually rich and eery in terms of their aesthetic as well as a poignant remark on the collapsed urban geographies of some of today's post-modern cities. Further, it is a space that everyone can relate to. We all went to school at some point so seeing abandoned lockers, strewn books, disused science rooms and empty assembly halls reminds us that everything is temporary; both our lives and these often grand and sprawling spaces.
I recently spoke at Clifford Chance to launch a photography competition open to all of their employees in anticipation of the Rugby World Cup later this year. The firm are the official legal supplier of the tournament and are therefore actively encouraging all of their staff through various channels to engage in the lead up to the event. Each employee has been provided with a mini rugby ball and asked to use their creativity to go out and take photographs of their ball in interesting and unusual places.
My job was to launch the competition by inspiring people through my story and portfolio whilst sharing a few tips on how to make better pictures. I will then be judging all entries in the coming months with winners receiving a host of prizes from Rugby World Cup merchandise to Canon cameras and the eventual winning image, receiving tickets to the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham.
I recently switched my Thinktank RollerBag for a slightly more compact shaped Manfrotto equivalent. Both sturdy and robust with plenty of protective padding for all of my equipment which you can see comfortably fits, this bag may prove to be very useful with all of the shoots and traveling I have coming up in the next few months.
I'm really looking forward to speaking at Clifford Chance, one of the official sponsors of the Rugby World Cup, next week and being chosen to judge their photo competition in the lead up to the tournament being held in the UK later in the year