Category Archives: Aerial photography

Detroit aerial photography over the ice

Detroit Aerial Photography

Detroit Aerial Photography. I received a call on a very cold Saturday morning in January inquiring about the possibility of doing an aerial photography project that day. Andrie Inc is a marine transportation and equipment company located in Muskegon, Michigan. They were transporting a loaded barge through the ice filled waters and wanted aerial photographs as they came through the St. Clair River north of Detroit.

Because of the thick ice, barges are not normally brought through the lakes during the winter. By using two boats and some help from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Samuel Risley, Captain Phil Andrie was able to navigate the ice filled waters. In sprite of 2013/2014 being one of coldest winters on record for this area, the loaded barge was successfully delivered to its final destination.

Pilot Nick McMahon of McMahon Helicopters circled the ships at differing altitudes and distances while I did the aerial photography using a Nikon D800. After 20 minutes of shooting we called it a wrap and headed back to the warmth of the hanger.

The objective of the aerial photography was to illustrate the difficult conditions that Captain Phil Andrie was facing in bringing the barge through the ice. My client and I were both happy with the photographs and hopefully, the next time that they need a Detroit Aerial Photographer they’ll call again!

Aerial photograph of a barge being brought through the ice in the St. Clair River north of Detroit

CCGS Samuel Risley clearing a path through the frozen St. Clair River

Aerial photograph of CCGS Samuel Risley leading a barge through the ice in the St. Clair River north of Detroit

Aerial photograph of a barge being brought through the icy St. Clair River north of Detroit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerial photograph of the Samuel Risley leading a barge through the ice in the St. Clair River north of Detroit

Transporting a barge through the frozen St. Clair River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aerial photography over the Detroit River

I received a call from a marine transportation company that wanted a Detroit aerial photographer to capture photographs of its tug boat bringing a Jack Up Barge down the Detroit River and past the Detroit skyline. They wanted some good aerial photographs for their web site and marketing material and were willing to pay the extra cost for photography from a helicopter. I contacted Nick McMahon at McMahon Helicopters in Canton, Michigan. Nick is a great pilot with many hours at the controls of the Bell Jet Ranger. Since we had to time the flight with the arrival of the barge in Detroit, we would not be able to wait for ideal weather. The tug boat captain was willing to slow down to give me more shooting time while he sailed past Detroit, but if it was cloudy he was not about to stop and wait for the sun to come out. If I had been able to schedule the flight based on the weather, I would have waited until the following day when the sky was much clearer. But all in all it worked out very well. Nick made my job of shooting very easy. He seemed to know just where to position the helicopter to give me the best shots and on several occasions brought the helicopter down to within a few feet of the water. Aerial photography over the Detroit River, or any body of water, requires extra caution. The great thing about working with an experienced pilot like Nick is that I can concentrate 100% on my photography while he safely positions the helicopter for the best shots. email: curt@claytonstudio.com

Aerial photography over the Detroit River

Aerial photography over the Detroit River. Aerial photograph of tug boat pushing a jack up barge down the Detroit River.

Tug boat Meredith Ashton pushing a jack up barge down the Detroit RIver

Aerial photography over the Detroit River. Low level aerial photograph of tug boat pushing a jack up barge down the Detroit River.

Aerial photograph of tug Meredith Ashton pushing a jack up barge down the Detroit River.

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