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SmugMug Films: Pulse-pounding aerial photography

By dpreview staff on Feb 2, 2014 at 08:00 GMT

SmugMug, the online photo storage and sharing site, has an all-new video series that gives a glimpse into the lives of pro photographers and their work. It's a behind-the-lens look at people who follow their passions in photography. SmugMug aims to highlight a different photographer every two weeks for the rest of 2014.

The first episode in the series was on 'creativity' with surreal/fantasy photographer Benjamin Von Wong. The latest clip shows Jessica Ambats, who specializes in aerial photography, at work shooting from an airplane with the doors removed.  

Check out the latest video above and subscribe to the SmugMug Films YouTube channel and get first access to each new episode.

Source: SmugMug

Comments

Total comments: 33
APenza
By APenza (3 weeks ago)

She's got "The right stuff" and very nice work indeed.

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clicstudio
By clicstudio (2 months ago)

Not to put down Jessica's skill, but given the opportunity to be on a plane without doors, just any good photographer could come up with similar results… Just fire away until something good comes up. Like sports… A fast camera and a good zoom and that's basically it. Also, the pilots have as much to do with these shots as the photographer.
Again, these are great shots, and I am not criticizing her skills...

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Michael Friedlander
By Michael Friedlander (2 months ago)

Jessica is the reason those shots happened - she wasn't lucky to be "in the right place at the right time." At a minimum, she's got to be a pilot, choreographer, director and photographer thinking in 3 dimensions at all times. clicsudio, your comment suggests all you need are the right shoes to quarterback the Seahawks, the right racquet to win at Wimbleton, or the right microphone to win a Grammy. I've shot aerial from both fixed and rotary wing aircraft and anyone who thinks they could do what she does by holding down the shutter and praying clearly doesn't have a clue.

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Greg Fonne
By Greg Fonne (2 months ago)

I couldn't agree with Michael more. To say "I don't mean to put down her skills" while stating at the same time "anyone in her shoes could get the similar results" is possibly one of the stupidest things I've ever read. What about the amount of planning that goes into the shoot? Working out angles, light (time of day), weather, location, etc etc. From that video, she's quite clearly directing the shoot and yet you think "any good photographer could come up with similar results"? Come on man. Time to get real and wake. ps: I shoot aerial photography from helicopters on a fairly regular basis and let me tell you. It does require a fair bit of planning and skills.

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Interestingness
By Interestingness (2 months ago)

Fantastic! Great photo's and what a tremendously exciting profession. Jessica definitely has a dream job.

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nathantw
By nathantw (2 months ago)

Wow! What an awesome job she has and the final results are spectacular.

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Mister J
By Mister J (2 months ago)

Wow-and-a-half.

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bronxbombers4
By bronxbombers4 (2 months ago)

I mean wow!!!!!!!!

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bronxbombers4
By bronxbombers4 (2 months ago)

wow

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Prime_Lens
By Prime_Lens (2 months ago)

That was sick!
Love it!
I will have to follow her for more of her work.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (2 months ago)

Nice!!! She is so fortunate that she gets to enjoy her work.

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Rocky Mtn Old Boy
By Rocky Mtn Old Boy (2 months ago)

Awe-inspiring!
I work in mine engineering, so I get to see some pretty great stuff too... but flying is above and beyond.

Thank-you for sharing.

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Phlodge
By Phlodge (2 months ago)

Well it beats sat in traffic for several hours on the M6 motorway (UK) .. what I would give for that job .. Wow!!

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AlexBakerPhotoz
By AlexBakerPhotoz (2 months ago)

Very cool. I love Smugmug! Had an account there for quite awhile and the new web interface is wonderfully flexible and customizable.
alexbakerphotoz.com

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tallguy600
By tallguy600 (2 months ago)

I love that.

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Ferling
By Ferling (2 months ago)

Whom else has a studio at 10,000 feet, going 300mph in the cold, deafening wind that is qualify to make a disrespectful comment?

I'm sure that if you were sitting in the seat next to her, door removed and giving directions over the radio, your pulse would pound too.

I liked it, a lot.

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RichardFaith
By RichardFaith (2 months ago)

Ah, but negative remarks are just a sign of someone wishing like crazy...!

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Ferling
By Ferling (2 months ago)

Yes, Richard. Obvious some find it easier to complain and find fault with hard working folks like Jessica, than to look at themselves in the mirror. :)

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Tap0
By Tap0 (2 months ago)

Pulse Pounding .. Sorry, didn't notice any deviation in my heartbeat or pulse while watching this video...

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Adamaflex
By Adamaflex (2 months ago)

why are you all so negative?

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Tap0
By Tap0 (2 months ago)

Only negative on the title that DP Review uses to attract eyeballs...

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (2 months ago)

She is so talented that she can even make the Canon camera look good with its inferior sensor. :)

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (2 months ago)

inferior sensor?
Canon is in the lead for low light (starlight or fireflies or beyond) as well as broad DR in good light (over 15ev) on their oldest sensors, making them peerless. unless, of course one mis-exposes habitually with RAW, and resort to acquiring jpegs offline in pp ... late ... means delivering nothing outstanding ... and questionably better, with unnecessary added efforts ...
magic lantern phenomena shows Canon sensors excelling without hardware design updates needed afterall ...
this just demonstrates those who cannot do better with Canon sensors are asking for what no other mfr has delivered so far to match, incompetent. ;)
alas, she is competent ... indeed.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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bed bug
By bed bug (2 months ago)

I guess the concept of "irony" is lost on some people...

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Eric Hensel
By Eric Hensel (2 months ago)

And some folks can't tell the difference between sarcasm and irony :)

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webrunner5
By webrunner5 (2 months ago)

Now that would be a job you would look forward to getting up in the morning to do!

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davids8560
By davids8560 (2 months ago)

Best comment section ever.

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jtan163
By jtan163 (2 months ago)

Great video.

What an excellent strategy for Smugmug - and I say that with sincerity and admiration, not my usual sarcastiuc sneer.

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (2 months ago)

Oh my, I don't think she was using a protective filter.

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RPJG
By RPJG (2 months ago)

One lucky (talented) lady.

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InTheMist
By InTheMist (2 months ago)

That's an amazing video.

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Clyde Thomas
By Clyde Thomas (2 months ago)

How plane, and inspiring.

6 upvotes
0MitchAG
By 0MitchAG (2 months ago)

That's awesome, and I can't imagine how much preparation, thought, effort and passion goes into this, especially while in the air.

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Total comments: 33