air to air aerial photo of MD 530 helicopter in flight

I remember walking out of the post office and looking up to catch just a glimpse of the small yellow helicopter zipping by overhead. For the months since, anytime I’ve heard the beating of helicopter rotors I jump up and scurry to the windows with binoculars. This little fixation started before the MD 530 came to town, and it’s not just limited to helicopters. I love flying, and not surprisingly, some of this passion for flight splashed onto the machines that make it possible. I think it’s well understood that I’m always very excited by the opportunity to create aerial photographs. This particular shoot was a real treat being able to watch and photograph this incredible helicopter in flight. Special thanks to George and Charlie Mandes for working with me to make this a reality.  As an aerial photographer I’m very dependent on the pilots to help bring all the pieces together into a photograph.  As you can see, they both did a great job.

Ingredient list for a big smile and some exciting aerial photos:

  • One fan of flight
  • One passionate photographer
  • Two skilled pilots with good communication
  • One beautiful winter sunset with mountains and alpenglow
  • Two cameras
  • One aircraft with opening windows (Husky A-1B)
  • One aircraft to model (MD 530F)

Toss the ingredients for approximately 45 minutes. More results displayed below.

air to air aerial photo of MD 530 helicopter in flight

air to air aerial photo of MD 530 helicopter in flight

air to air aerial photo of MD 530 helicopter in flight