Graphic Designer, Publication Design, Advertising Design, Logo Design, Architectural Photo, Aerial Photo
 

Aerial Photography

Samples of our Aerial Photography work

The fascinating views that are available from the air provide a great deal of the stimulus that took me into aerial photography. Much of the aerial work I have been hired to do has come from commercial and hospitality real estate brokers.

In 1992 I was hired by Colliers International to shoot aerials of the old Kodak building at the foot of Van Ness in San Francisco. I hired a Bell Jet Ranger out of Sausalito heliport and was belted into a harness where I could actually stand on the strut if I wanted. I didn't want to.

I did get some awesome shots of the subject and also of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge one of which won an award in Graphis Magazine and has since been featured in a few publications, the first was the cover of "Trends in the Hotel Industry International Edition 1992."

After spending many hours in the air in helicopters and small fixed-wing airplanes I've learned how to best  "see" the subject from the air.

This takes into consideration the time of day for the correct light, the low altitude that best shows the subject in addition to various altitudes that adequately show the subject within the surrounding area.

Now with the advent of quad copter aerial drones, aerials are easier to coordinate. Instead of booking flight times and repeatedly canceling, due to poor weather conditions, my drones are available when you are (weather permitting) and do a wonderful job of taking low-level shots of the subject.

Many of the aerials I shoot now feature close photos of the property taken at roof height, in addition to the higher altitude shots to show the subject in the area surrounding it. Drones do have limitations on altitude (only 400') and may only fly within 5 miles of an international airport and 1.2 miles of a local airport.

Aerial photography is truly one of my passions and I look forward to all my aerial assignments.

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
One of the first aerials I shot in 1992 upon returning from an aerial shoot in San Francisco. This image won an award in Graphis Magazine in 1994 and has been published quite a few times.
Squaw Valley USA
Squaw Valley USA
A view looking at the cliffs that lead into the Silverado area with High Camp on the top of the ridge, Gold Coast in the center of the image and the Palisades in the distance.
Carmel California
Carmel California
A view of Carmel with the white sands of the beach leading to Pebble Beach Golf Links.
San Francisco
San Francisco
Aerial of San Francisco's Financial District from the Ferry Building out to the ocean.
Squaw Valley USA Ski Resort
Squaw Valley USA Ski Resort
This updated image of Squaw Valley was shot in the spring of 2010 and is comprised of eight photos.
Scenic Aerials
Scenic Aerials
Shot of San Francisco from Aquatic Park to the Financial District on one of those banner days in the spring of 2011.
Residential Real Estate Aerials
Residential Real Estate Aerials
A view of a property in Ross with Phoenix lake in the background. This was taken from a fixed-wing aircraft in 2010.
Honolulu to Diamond Head
Honolulu to Diamond Head
A view from Honolulu showing the harbor in the foreground and Waikiki Beach as it winds towards Diamond Head.
Diamond Head to Waikiki
Diamond Head to Waikiki
Aerial view from over Diamond Head looking toward the parks with Waikiki Beach in the distance.
Giant's AT&T Park
Giant's AT&T Park
An historic view of Giant's ballpark on opening day 2002. I still can't figure out how the helicopter was allowed into that airspace.
Downtown San Francisco
Downtown San Francisco
View looking down Market Street with San Francisco's Financial District in the background.
Belvedere and Tiburon
Belvedere and Tiburon
View of Belvedere Island on the left with Tiburon and the peninsula leading towards Mt. Tamalpais.
Tiburon
Tiburon
A close-up view of Downtown Tiburon with Corinthian Yacht Harbor shielding the waterfront businesses.
Corte Madera Creek
Corte Madera Creek
A view of Corte Madera Creek as it enters San Francisco Bay. Marin Country Mart and the Ferry Terminal are in the foreground with Mt. Tamalpais in the background.
Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo
A unique shot of Cal Poly with the city of San Luis Obispo in the background.
Downtown Napa
Downtown Napa
Aerial view to the west of Napa River with Downtown Napa in the background. Shot for Colliers Int'l Hotels, San Francisco, CA
Downtown Napa
Downtown Napa
Aerial view to the east of Downtown Napa in the foreground with Napa River and the ridge in the background.
San Jose
San Jose
View to the south of San Jose. The Shark Tank is on the center right and Downtown San Jose on the left.
Downtown San Jose
Downtown San Jose
Aerial view to the west of Downtown San Jose. The Civic Center is the large curved roof at center left.
San Jose and SJO
San Jose and SJO
Downtown San Jose looking north from the intersection of Hwys 280 and 87 with San Jose Int'l Airport in the background.
Crowne Plaza Concord
Crowne Plaza Concord
Showing the location and layout of the hotel directly adjacent to Buchannon Field in Concord, CA.
Carmichael Oaks
Carmichael Oaks
Carmichael Oaks Shopping Center, Carmichael, CA, just east of Sacramento, shot for Matthews Retail Advisors, El Segundo, CA
Carmichael Oaks
Carmichael Oaks
Showing the advantages of low-level aerial photography in a tight shot of the center of Carmichael Oaks Shopping Center.
Mill Valley Ridge Home
Mill Valley Ridge Home
A low-level aerial shot of a property in Mill Valley on Ridge Dr. Literally the only way you could see this property from this angle.
Tiburon Audrey Dr
Tiburon Audrey Dr
A low-level aerial view of a home in Tiburon showing the view to Angel Island and San Francisco in the background.
Hamilton Shopping Center
Hamilton Shopping Center
Aerial view of Hamilton Shopping Center in Campbell, CA shot for Matthews Retail Advisors, El Segundo, CA.
Kohl's at Hamilton SC
Kohl's at Hamilton SC
Aerial view close up of Kohl's in Hamilton Shopping Center, Campbell, CA.
Scott Place
Scott Place
An aerial view of the residences at Scott Place a development facing Corte Madera Creek in Greenbrae, CA
DoubleTree Rosemead
DoubleTree Rosemead
Aerial view of the front of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles-Rosemead shot for the owner of the hotel.
DoubleTree Rosemead
DoubleTree Rosemead
A sunset aerial view of the recently completed new construction and renovation of DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Los Angeles-Rosemead.
4000 Civic Center Dr
4000 Civic Center Dr
A view of 4000 Civic Center Drive with Northgate Shopping Center and Mt. Tam om the background taken with a Phantom 3 Pro.
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park
A view to the east of Golden Gate Park from over the Pacific Ocean with Downtown San Francisco showing in the background.
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park
Aerial view of a portion of Golden Gate Park showing De Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Music Concourse and California Academy of Sciences.
Oakland
Oakland
View to the west of Downtown Oakland. Lake Merritt appears in the foreground with the Bay Bridge and San Francisco in the background.
Oakland
Oakland
View to the east of Oakland with the Oakland Estuary and Jack London Square in the foreground and Downtown Oakland in the background.
San Rafael
San Rafael
View to the west of San Rafael showing the canal on the left and Downtown San Rafael on the mid-right side of the image.
Downtown San Rafael
Downtown San Rafael
View to the north of Downtown San Rafael. Fourth street runs diagonally from upper left to lower right. Mission San Rafael appears just above Fourth St.
Sausalito
Sausalito
View to the south of Sausalito featuring the Golden Gate Bridge on the left, Marin Headlands center top and Downtown Sausalito in the lower right.
Sausalito
Sausalito
A higher altitude aerial of Sausalito with Downtown showing in the foreground going out past Richardson's Bay to Mill Valley and with Mt. Tamalpais in the background.
Yellow Ferry Harbor
Yellow Ferry Harbor
View to the northwest of Yellow Ferry Harbor. The blue rounded-top houseboat I built in 1980 and now houses DeNador Design & Photography.
Morro Rock
Morro Rock
Morro Rock, a rock formation on the Pacific Coast at the entrance to the Harbor at Morro Bay.
Morro Bay
Morro Bay
Northwest facing aerial of the City of Morro Bay and Morro Bay itself. Shot for Colliers Int'l Hotels.