Sitting Shotgun in a Helicopter with Thomas Hetzler
I’ve made it a habit to gain inspiration in my own shooting by looking through the Unsplash New feed, and I know I’m not the only one who does so. There are so many beautiful and unique images that are posted every day, it makes me want to pick up my own camera and shoot.
It also makes me want to go places, as there is always a new vista or stunning scene which shows a slice of the world I have yet to see with my own eyes.
That sense of adventure is not uncommon for photographers, and every once in awhile I come across a photo which screams of exploration and something new. This photo from Thomas Hetzler, captured from the seat of a helicopter in motion, does just that.
I asked Thomas about the photo, how he captured it, and whether or not it described his own desires as a photographer. Here’s what he had to say:
While I have heard that some tourist helicopter rides do little but provide a slow-moving aerial view of the ground below, this wasn’t the case for Thomas. As he was taken about the Earnslaw Glacier in New Zealand, the pilot began doing maneuvers which provided a wild and rocky journey through the surrounding area.
So how do you take a beautiful image from a winding helicopter, without it coming out blurry and destroyed? Shoot fast:
I asked Thomas what he hoped to convey in the photos that he shares with the world, and he said that he hopes that anyone viewing his photos sees them the way that he saw them on the day they were captured. Conveying a sense of adventure through each photo is his hope, not only to bring the world into each experience, but also to convey his own life’s desires:
Looking back on this photo provided Thomas with a moment of self-reflection, thinking about his own journey and how far he’s come: