Aerial Photography

Usually when I fly it is on a large commercial jet with tiny windows and no room to use a DSLR. Recently I took a return trip between Victoria harbour and Vancouver harbour on a Harbour Air float plane and I had an easy time taking photos.  One of the other benefits of this was also the relatively low altitude compared with large jets.

three harbour air float planes and one other lined up in Vancouver harbour
A Flock of Float Planes

Disappointingly, I had left my Canon in my carry on bag on the flight from Victoria and it was out of reach.  Fortunately, my iPhone helped me capture the beautiful morning departure.

a warm orange sunrise blankets the Pacific
Sunrise Over the Gulf Islands
Before departing Vancouver, I had time to watch a number of incoming and outgoing sea plane flights, as well as several Helijet flights from their nearby base.

float plane taxiing past the floating Chevron station
Harbour Air Races a Seagull
The return flight was in a Twin Otter and I kept my Canon with me. I had a great seat (they’re all great) with a view into the cockpit and out the port side.

feather and throttle controlsYou get a great perspective of the city as you depart, including BC Place (home of the BC Lions).

BC Place and Science world
Looking Over Vancouver
It does seem almost unsettling to fly directly over a major airport like YVR.

over the airport
Vancouver International Airport Runway 26 Left
Once back in Victoria it was interesting to see good care and maintainence being performed on one of the planes.

work being done on airplane
Engine Exposed in Victoria
It’s always good to be back home and able to process my photos.

BC Legislature Viewed Over a Harbour Air Plane Wing

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