British Airways i360 Aerial Photos

I was asked by the British Airways i360 PR team to capture some aerial photos of the i360 once the jacking tower had been removed. After getting permission to take off and land on the beach I headed down early one morning when the light was looking fantastic to capture some images.

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BNUC-S Ground Theory Exam for Aerial Work

Ok so I am branching out into Aerial photography, which will help take my photography and videography work to another level. I started out last year with a Phantom 2 which carried a GoPro that my girlfriend bought for my birthday, the first time I used the Phantom I was hooked, and the silky smooth video that the gopro captured whilst attached to the Phantom (on a Zenmuse 3D HD Gimbal) was breath-taking, totally pulled me in and I really saw the potential to use this within my work.

I decided to build a DJi S900 with a Z15 Zenmuse and GH4 which despite being a fantastic bit of kit, and capturing videos that were astonishingly good, with the way I wanted to go forward with this, the s900 wasnt the correct route to take. This was mainly due to mobility, and despite the fact the s900 has folding arms, its still a hassle to carry around as well as the HUGE brick like batteries, Dual Radio Transmitters, monitor etc etc. Just didnt seem a viable route to take. Now aside from the actual quality if the image, I was getting better and more cinematic shots from the Phantom than I was with the S900, this all came down to mobility and the fact I could basically take it anywhere I wanted. The more I used the s900, the more it annoyed me, but the more I used the Phantom, the more I loved it.

It is not always about having the best camera you can get, in the end it is about getting the shot, and if the camera is inferior, then being able to adapt to its limitations to produce something that can still look professional is a rewarding achievement. The biggest limitation with using a GoPro on a phantom is the fish eye, its horrible, and when you remove the distortion you get warping and softness in the corners, there isnt a way to adapt to this, so it put me in a dilemma as I love the image quality from the GH4 on the s900, but love the simplicity and mobility of using a gopro on a phantom as it makes framing a video, or composing an image much more enjoyable. Now what if there was an in-between? Just so happens the new Dji Inspire one had just been released, and basically this was a middle of the range multirotor but with technology that is from a high end multirotor!!!. plus something which is very important to me… lightbridge and the ability to have dual controllers. The inspire was the complete package in theory and all of this including batteries, tablets, controllers and inspire could fit into one portable case and my impressions of the system, absolutely fantastic.

The sensor on the inspire camera is actually a Sony sensor which is used on the GoPro 4  aswell, but without the fish eye lens and ability to take photos and video whilst in the air (something I couldn’t do with the GH4 as I had to bring it back each time to change the mode from video to photo) The quality I have been able to achieve on the Inspire has been excellent. Of course it is not in the same league as the GH4, but working with its limitations, I can create footage that would be hard to tell the difference and this is absolutely perfect for what I want to do. I want to do do weddings, surveying work, promotional videos, documentary work, real estate and of course… Photography. The Inspire one is the perfect all in one package to to this. This is an image below from the inspire, in low light on a cold misty sunrise… the quality is very very good.


There is one slight issue I do have which is you need a Permission For Aerial work from the CAA, and this involves spending ALOT of money to go through a process to allow you to get the permit around the sum of £2000. Right now I can not take on any commerical work and get paid for it, but this is coming, I have made the decision to apply for my PFAW by going through a company called EUROUSC and getting a BNUC-S Qualification.

I have literaly just finished the Ground Course which involves a crazy amount of information to take in about Air Law, Safety, risk assesments etc etc and it really was heavy going and makes you so much more aware of what you need to take into account before even taking your Drone/UAV into the air. There is a 60 question exam at the end, and I actually think I have done ok and feel quietly confident that I have passed which for me is a huge achievement as my academic history in school and college was terrible. Not for a lack of trying, but due to a lack of actually being taking in all the information. When it comes to theory work, I really struggle so I was hoping being older and wiser that my ability to learn would have improved, and I think it might have… We shall see!! I will update if I have passed and post information about what happens next on another blog post.

If anyone has any questions about the course, please feel free to get in touch.


Just to update on this.. I PASSED!! For me this is a massive achievement and the hardest part over with, now I can relax and work through the next 2 stages to getting my permission for aerial work.


2 Models and a Jaguar XJS Monaco

Was in Brighton today doing a shoot for promotional material for a movie flyer which is being taken to Cannes this weekend. Initially a Jenson Interceptor was to be the original choice for this, but getting the car was another story. As the movie is based around an exentric inventor I guess the XJS with its Monaco bodykit (aparently only 1 out of 10 out on the road right now) was quite fitting. The Car will be a main feature throughout the movie.

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Orchard Way Bed & Breakfast

Orchard Way is a family run B & B welcoming visitors from around the world for a comfortable relaxing stay in the beautiful Weald of Kent. New management had taken over the B&B and a new website was in progress to bring it up to todays standards. Whilst this was in progress I was comissioned to take photos which could be used for the website and promoitional material.

Countryfile Sussex Weald spread

I was contacted by Countryfile magazine requiring a nice image of the Sussex Weald for use in a magazine article in their September edition. After uploading a selection of images, the image chosen was one from a summer sunrise looking over the Weald from Ashdown Forest, image can be seen below

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South Downs National Park Campaign

I was commissioned by the South Downs National Park Authority `SDNPA` recently to get images for their Autumn Campaign which is to get people out of cars and onto public transport and then walk or cycle the sites of South Downs. Took me from Eastbourne to Hampshire, It was a fantastic project and something I would love to work on with them again. These images are taken just as the colours are changing, but some spots I found are places I would love to go back to and really capture the rich colours when in the thick of Autumn.






Huxley Building Science Lab

Behind the scenes photos for the feature film Dark Roar, the filming was taking place within a Science lab at the Huxley Building in Brighton.







Behind the Scenes Vodaphone Shoot

I was commisioned to take behind the scenes photos of an advert being created for Vodaphone. Fortunately it was non speaking parts so as I dont have a Blimp at hand shutter noises were not an issue. Using a mix of the 70-200 f2.8, Sigma 85mm F1.4 and OMD with a 9-18mm lens over the 2 days I managed to capture a varied selection of images to use. A very small selection can be seen on this post.





James Lambeth Muscian

James Lambeth is a musician from the group…. James needed some shots for promotion and being based in Brighton, what better place than the bandstand and beach on such a gorgeous evening.

Deciding to use natural light, I just made use of a reflector to give the fill light, and the use of both 24-105 and 70-200 lenses.


Brighton Marathon 2012

I attended the Brighton Marathon 2012, here is my selection of photographs from this event

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Various runners from the Brighton Marathon 2012