Archive for January, 2013

Saltair aerial photos

Saltair aerial photos

Saltair is a quiet rural community with a population of 1,800 on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The town, located between Chemainus and Ladysmith has seen a lot of growth recently and while it’s loosing some of the old charm still manages to keep a rural feel Saltair has an artist […]


Salt Spring Island aerial photos

Salt Spring Island aerial photos

Doing aerial photograph of Salt Spring Island is always a joy. Salt Spring is the largest of the Southern Gulf Islands with a size of 182.7 square kilometres (70.5 sq miles). Salt Spring Island is beautiful from the air as there are numerous mountains, lakes and harbours to take in. With this comes a population […]


Space: Exploring the New Frontier, The Museum of Flight, Seattle

Museum of Flight - Space Gallery

The Museum of Flight in Seattle has a very impressive space exploration gallery. Unfortunately they were not able to acquire one of the retired space shuttles but they did manage to snag the NASA Full Fuselage Trainer which was used to train astronauts during the shuttle program. What’s cool about this is that you can […]


Hanger 3, Pima Air and Space Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum

Hanger 3 at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona contains an excellent collection of primarily WWII aircraft. Large bombers on display are a Douglas A-26C Invader and a North American B-25J Mitchell. Among the smaller airplanes are a Hawker MK.II Hurricane, Ryan PT-22 Recruit and a Taylorcraft TG-6, a U.S. Army WWII […]


Kinsol Trestle aerial photos

Kinsol Trestle aerial photo

The historic Kinsol Trestle also known as the Koksilah River Trestle, is a wooden railway trestle located on Vancouver Island north of Shawnigan Lake in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Originally completed in 1920, the Kinsol Trestles dimensions measure 44 m (144 ft) high and 188 m (617 ft) long, making it the largest […]


Pima Air & Space Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. The outside display area includes almost every aircraft used in the Korean War and Vietnam, including a collection of MiG jet fighters, many helicopters and modern combat aircraft still in use by today’s military. […]


South Pender Island Aerial Photos

South Pender Island aerial photos

South Pender Island is located near the Washington State border in the Southern Gulf Islands. While connected to North Pender Island by a bridge, South Pender Island has a very different identity. The island is primarily forested and boasts a small population. Much of the island is now set aside as both community parks and […]


Crofton Aerial Photos

Crofton Aerial Photos

Crofton is situated on Osborne Bay in the Cowichan Valley just north of Maple Bay. A ferry, the Howe Sound Queen, provides service from the BC Ferry terminal in Crofton to Vesuvius on Salt Spring Island. While tourism is important to the town the primary employer is the Catalyst Pulp and Paper mill. Aerial photos […]


Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill Catalyst Paper’s Crofton Division aerial photos

Crofton Paper Mill

The Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill Catalyst Paper’s Crofton Division is a world-class, paper and pulp facility that produces newsprint, directory paper and market pulp for customers around the world. Crofton began operation in 1957 as a single-line kraft pulp mill. Today, three paper machines and two pulp machines have an annual capacity of 739,000 […]


Western Forest Products Inc. aerial photos

Western Forest Products Inc.

Aerial photographs of Western Forest Products Inc. Ladysmith Sawmill Division and log booms in Ladysmith Harbour, British Columbia


Ladysmith Aerial Photos

Ladysmith Aerial Photos

Ladysmith is a pretty town located on the 49th parallel on the east coast of Vancouver Island just south of Nanaimo in British Columbia, Canada. The local economy is primarily forestry, tourism and agriculture. In recent years Ladysmith has become a quiet retirement community and is a popular destination for pleasure boaters as well. Ladysmith […]


What type of aircraft do we use for aerial photography?

What type of aircraft do we use for aerial photography?

Aerial photography is as challenging as it gets for the professional photographer. Many decisions need to be made to get spectacular results, everything from the type of aircraft to subject matter and time of day. Teamwork is also required as the photographer and pilot have to communicate well in order for the photographer to get the […]


Maple Bay and Bird’s Eye Cove

Maple Bay marinas and Maple Bay

Maple Bay and Bird’s Eye Cove are a favourite destination for boaters both local and from abroad. Home to the Maple Bay Yacht Club, Maple Bay also has two private marinas, Maple Bay Marina and Bird’s Eye Cove Marina. A public Government dock is located in the town of Maple Bay providing short term stays […]


Will Google Earth replace Aerial Photography?

Will Google Earth replace Aerial Photography?

I originally published this article about the advantages of aerial photography compared to the images we get from Google Earth and thought it might be interesting to revisit the idea. A fellow sent me a link to Microsoft Bing which has a similar experience to Google Earth in that you can zoom in on areas […]


Photographing boats from the air

Photographing boats from the air

I have always thought it would be interesting to photograph sailboats and motor yachts from the air. I have done this on occasion before but decided to spend a little time this past summer specifically shooting boats from a fairly low altitude. This was also a good opportunity to use some of my new “high […]


Nanaimo Aerial Photographs

Nanaimo Aerial Photographs

Nanaimo and the adjacent area are surrounded by beautiful islands and stunning scenery. Protection Island just a short ferry ride away is a quaint community while Newcastle Island, a short ferry ride as well has been preserved as a beautiful park with good boat access and anchorages. Harmac Pacific operates a Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft […]


Chemainus Aerial Photos

Chemainus, Vancouver Island Aerial Photography, British Columbia, Canada.

Chemainus, a small coastal town of 550, is located on Vancouver Island’s east shore between a mountain range and the ocean. With a failing resource-based economy in the early 1980’s, the town decided to create giant outdoor murals to revitalize the town and increase tourism in the area. The strategy worked and Chemainus earned the […]