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11-30-2005 08:42 PM  12 years agoPost 1
Brett Horton

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I have been getting several requests to do night time photos' and am wondering about what to charge for the service?
Any one out there in AP land doing this on a regular basis?

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11-30-2005 08:45 PM  12 years agoPost 2
fitenfyr

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Brett,
Are they wanting stills or video?
If stills......
Have you tried any stills at night?
Just wondering what your results have been...

I would charge based on the difficulty of the job. If you are totally comfy with flying your heli at night and have all the appropriate gear (night blades, lights, etc...) then maybe just a small increase for the longer hours.
However if you are not real comfy then maybe a bit more of and "incentive" will be in order.

Jason Stiffey
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11-30-2005 08:56 PM  12 years agoPost 3
Dakine

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At minimum, charge them replacement cost of your helicopter

Wow, night shots.....gonna be tough. I hope your camera can be pushed to 6400 iso

However, I think I'm going to try a couple of shots at 3200 iso and see how it will turn out.

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11-30-2005 08:59 PM  12 years agoPost 4
fitenfyr

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Tony,
Get the GMI with the KS2 and you will find you can get decent stuff at Dusk with 400-800.

I have done only a couple dusk tests at 1/20th and the image was pretty sharp.

Going to go do some nice shots for real soon as the weather gets better.

Jason Stiffey
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11-30-2005 09:36 PM  12 years agoPost 5
jeffscholl

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Few night sample here:

http://www.jasonhawkes.com/servlet/...arch=night&pg=1

Cheers,
Jeff Scholl
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11-30-2005 10:10 PM  12 years agoPost 6
DANNO

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night view downtown portland from 95ft
http://www.skypixhelicam.com/home3/night.html

www.skypiximaging.com

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11-30-2005 10:34 PM  12 years agoPost 7
fitenfyr

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I think the key is to get up and shoot at the lighting not across it.

Basically if you get a nice city scape type lighting situation you are pretty close to a daylight exposure for the lights and the area directly around them.
The shadows will be VERY dark though.

Jason Stiffey
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11-30-2005 10:44 PM  12 years agoPost 8
Invertedflyby

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I recall someone on here posting some good night shots that were taken with a mast.

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12-01-2005 12:05 AM  12 years agoPost 9
Brett Horton

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Stills, and the subject matter will be well lite, fairly close not to high kind of shots.
Never flown at night, do not have the equipment yet, but does not bother me to fly at night I would not think.
I have heard orientation is much easier at night and it make sense.

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12-01-2005 12:22 AM  12 years agoPost 10
fitenfyr

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Brett,
Flying at night is not difficult.
Only consideration I have with the camera ship is I cannot see my LZ's as well so we need to be in an area where an emergency landing is not going to be a between the goal post and onto the picnic table kind of affair.

Light the skids well on the mount and the helicopter with light sticks. Judging distance to the ground is tricky at night and the glow sticks really help to tell how far the skids are off the deck when landing.

Also go real slow on the decents. It is easy to bounce the heli if you mis judge the height when landing. With an underslung mount that could be a disasterous boom strike.

SAB has some VERY nice 710mm night blades. I would 100% suggest them for the camera ship. I was using them day and night on the Ion for awhile.

Jason Stiffey
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12-01-2005 02:07 AM  12 years agoPost 11
daggit

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Hey Brett!

You are correct that night flying is no biggy.... especially if you're just hovering low altitude, however, I think its a good idea to slap some night blades and lighting on one of you sport helis and take it for a spin first. Yes, it's easy but a little freaky the first time or 2.

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12-01-2005 03:33 AM  12 years agoPost 12
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No doubt about practice first!
Thanks for the advice guys.

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