Cruise Ship Aerial

Usually when one thinks of an aerial of a cruise ship underway, this isn’t the usual vantage point.

Aerial of cruise ship bow directly head on from helicopter.

Working in the U.S Virgins Islands awhile back, I had the opportunity to capture a Costa Cruise ship entering the harbor. I had arranged with the ship captain the day before, so as not to alarm him. The ship was on schedule and would not pause for pictures. An experienced helicopter pilot is very helpful and one that is also somewhat adventurous and up for something a little more creative can be a lot of fun.

I had a young art director along for the ride, her first in a helicopter. As I recall, all she did was scream into the headset as the chopper dropped down in front of the moving ship and then crabbed backward holding position in front of the forward moving bow. This image was made with a wide angle lens to give some technical info. Needless to say, we were close.

A very memorable assignment, one among many.

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Larry earned a Bachelors degree from Brooks Institute, majoring in Advertising Photography and his MFA in Photography from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. With more than 30 years of professional experience producing imagery for advertising, corporate annual reports and personal art projects, Larry’s work has been represented worldwide by The Image Bank, Getty Images, since 1987. Active in professional trade associations, Larry is a past President, Treasurer and Director of ASMP South Florida, former vice-president/treasurer, International Board of Directors for StockArtistsAlliance (SAA). During 2010-2012, Larry served as Academic Director for a college photography program in Austin, Texas. He has been involved in photography education since 2004; a member of the Society for Photographic Education. Currently an adjunct professor at three South Florida Colleges. Miami has been his home for the past 20+ years. Always adventurous, Larry enjoys international travel, SCUBA diving, sailing, his BMW motorcycle and his Boxer, Weston, named after the famous photographer.