Before I get started on my experience, first let me give a huge thanks to my buddy Gordon Poon for making this possible, he is a good guy and a great pilot (because he landed).
Our pilot for the evenings flight, and yes, even he did the pilot voice thing when talking with the tower. I was surprised but thankful for the amount of chatter between pilot and tower.
Second, Say what you will about commercial airliners, their seats and legroom have grown in my perspective.
Third, the purpose of our sightseeing tour was to get some good stock imagery of downtown Austin around sunset, due to the changing skyline in the last few years. Austin has grown and the photos need to show it.
My lesson for the evening is that haze is bad and high shutter speeds are good. I tried to balance keeping the iso low and the shutter speeds high while traveling at 90 mph. Next time, I will bump up to above 1/1000th to keep everything sharper. Also learned to leave the airport a bit sooner due to fading light conditions.
Fourth, here are some of my favorites from the evening
And here we are coming in for a landing
Gordon with his plane after the flight
Josh loves a good adventure and some of his favorite wedding and engagement shoots have involved “getting crazy” or going somewhere special to the couple.
Josh is a Texas native and long time Pflugerville resident. He started his photography business in 2009 and has never looked back. His photo business even allowed him to be daddy-day-care before his two sons reached school age. Over the years his business has expanded to include just about every type of photography including automotive, editorial portraits, corporate events, sports and food. Through it all, he has continued to love wedding photography for genuine moment, the fast pace and the diversity of subjects it offers. Josh is a co-founder of North Austin Pfoutographic Society and a resident instructor at Precision Camera & Video in Austin, Tx.