Camden Thrasher Snaps Amazing Photos Of Supersonic Aircraft

“I’m focused on what’s actually right in front of me,” candidly replies aviation photographer Camden Thrasher on how he keeps a clear head when airplanes are whizzing around him. An expert at freezing fast-moving aircraft, he’s taken some memorable images of them during his career. We caught up with him to learn more about his passion and also to talk about one shot of his that went viral.

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Vincenzo Pace and His Cameras Soar High for Aerial Photography

“The planes basically became like family to me,” narrates New York City-based professional aviation photographer Vincenzo Pace, about his immersion into the world of aviation as a child. Much like myself, he’s been a lifelong aviation enthusiast and is also a photographer whose aerial work has been published worldwide. Exciting as it looks, shooting air-to-air isn’t for the faint of heart, but the results by skilled photographers like Vincenzo can be astounding. He tells us about how he fell in love with airplanes and when he took the leap to take photos of them from an aerial perspective.

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Tom Hegen Documents the Polarizing World of Oyster Farming

All images by Tom Hegen. Used with permission

“I don’t judge the places I photograph,” says aerial photographer, Tom Hegen. He adds, “I see myself more as an observer, documenting those places, providing an overview and insights on our relationship with nature.” His work focuses on the connections between people and nature, especially the impact on landscapes caused by human intervention. In his Oyster Farm series, Tom takes a look at how humans farm food even in some of the most improbable places one can imagine.

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A Mysterious F1.4 Lens Gave the CIA Gear Lust and a Surprise

Declassified is an original Phoblographer series that digs deep into historical documents to examine how the government used photography.

I think most people reading this have never heard of a brand called Wild, but they made lenses that particularly caught the eye of the CIA. If you’ve been following the Declassified series, you’ll know the CIA’s issues with low light photography. High-speed film helped a bit, but there were more complications involving color vs. black and white. However, the 1960s saw significant optical progress for the Central Intelligence Agency. And one specific lens really made their jaws drop. Called the Falconar Lens by Wild in the document, it boasted an f1.4 aperture and a 4″ focal length. The CIA got wind of it from NATO, which convinced them to use it as well. In all my years in the photo industry, I’ve never heard of them before.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Capturing the City from Above

Been wanting to get into aerial photography but aren’t sure where to begin? We have a quick photography cheat sheet just for you.

Aerial photography has become one of the most popular photography genres as of late, thanks to the widespread availability of drone cameras. With the latest innovations in drone photography, aspiring aerial photographers and videographers can now create stunning, pro-quality photos and footage. But, as with all kinds of photography, it can be confusing for beginners to figure out what camera settings to use. Today’s photography cheat sheet addresses just that.

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Tom Hagen’s “The River Veins” Are a Beautiful Allusion to a Living Body

All images by Tom Hagen. Used with Creative Commons Permission.

Some of the best things in photography are metaphors that spur imaginative thought and add a sense of creativity beyond just simple capture. That’s what Tam Hagen’s The River Veins does for us. Tom, who created the series using a Canon 5D Mk IV, is the man behind the series that is making us think more, not only about how it was exactly done but also about the many implications behind the series.

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Quarries Resemble Abstract Artworks in Tom Hegen’s Aerial Photography

All images by Tom Hegen. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We see “from farm to table” documentary photography all the time, but how many of us have thought about “from quarry to city”? In a nutshell, this is what the brilliant set of aerial photographs by Munich-based photographer and designer Tom Hegen tell us about. In The Quarry Series, he shows us what the building blocks of our cities look like from above, revealing the surprising abstract beauty of open pit mining quarries in the process.

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Dimitar Karanikolov’s Photos of Venice from Above Will Charm You

All images by Dimitar Karanikolov. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If you have a growing interest in aerial photography, we’ve found something to inspire you. A stunning body of work by London-based architect and photographer Dimitar Karanikolov takes us to Venice, one of Italy’s most captivating cities, renowned for its beauty, art, and architecture. But instead of seeing from the streets, we are treated to a breath-taking view from above.

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Fields is an Exploration of the Geometry of Actual Fields

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All images by Jakob Wagner. Used with permission.

Photographer Jakob Wagner is well known for many projects. He’s worked for Adobe, Jim Beam, Victorinox, Emirates, Stern, the Royal Opera House and many more. But these days he’s marketing himself as being specialized in landscape, aerial, cityscape, industrial and fine art photography.

His latest project is called Fields; and it involves aerial photography combined with geometry and interesting compositions. Though most folks are all about drone photography these days, Jakob tells us that he’s more into gas balloon shooting for various reasons. Jakob tells us about the hardships of the project and the creative inspiration for it.

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