There is Still Time! (Summer Solstice Considerations)

When photographing buildings from the air, it is always best to have the sun on the front. Take a look at this large industrial building that faces north. Did you know that there are very few times during the year that the sun illuminates the front of north facing buildings? From May through late July the Utah sun rises and sets to the north of the east west latitude lines. So, if you own a building that faces north, this is the only time of year to get the best lighting on your facility. Spring and early summer are also when trees, flowers, and grass are looking their best. A professional ground or aerial shot of your building/facility is a great thing to be able to access. Think of the possibilities . . . websites, newsletters, brochures, letterhead, business cards, special announcements, boardroom décor, and more. But don’t fret if your facility faces east, west, or south, and you still want that springtime freshness. Even around the summer solstice (June 21st) the sun hits the south side of buildings from mid-morning to mid-afternoon before making its northward trek. And, east and west sides just need morning or afternoon sun. There is always a time of day when the light is best for a given location, but if your building faces north that only happens in late spring through mid-summer.

Late evening light on the north facing front of an industrial building

Our staff has over 65 years of combined professional photography experience, we are licensed commercial pilots, certified master aerial photographers, and licensed drone operators. We can also use a lift truck for those times when you need a low level elevated shot where a drone is restricted or unsafe to use. Drones are illegal in some FAA controlled airspace, high pedestrian or vehicle traffic areas, and are limited to 400 feet in altitude. It can be dangerous to use a drone where there is no reliable GPS signal, or high electrical or radio wave interference. Drones are all the rage right now, but for some things a manned aircraft makes more sense.  Don’t think that just because a high angle shot is taken from an airplane that the price is also high in the sky. More often than not that is just not the case. That high-flying angle can really establish your location with respect to the rest of the surroundings, not to mention our majestic mountains.

Here at Photographic Solutions (AKA Utah by Air), we take time to plan our architectural ground and air photography when the light is just right. If your building is well lit at night, sometimes a sunset shot can be spectacular. There is still time to give us a call and schedule a shoot to capture that magic moment when everything looks its best. Don’t wait too long if your front faces north!

The Time is Now! (Summer Solstice Considerations)

A professional ground or aerial shot of your building/facility is a great thing to be able to access. Think of the possibilities . . . websites, newsletters, brochures, letterhead, business cards, special announcements, boardroom décor, and more. From May through the middle of July the Utah sun rises to the north of the east west latitude lines. What has that got to do with anything??!! If you own a building that faces north, this is the only time of year when the sun hits the front surfaces. Spring and early summer are also when trees, flowers, and grass are looking their best. But don’t fret if your facility faces  east, west, or south and you still want that springtime freshness. Even around the summer solstice (June 21st)  the sun hits the south side of buildings from mid-morning to mid-afternoon before making its northward trek. And, east and west sides just need morning or afternoon sun. There is always a time of day when the light is best for a given location.

University of Utah Medical Center with Sunlight on the North Side

Our staff has over 65 years of combined professional photography experience, we are licensed commercial pilots, certified master aerial photographers, and licensed drone operators. We can also use a lift truck for those times when you need a low level elevated shot where a drone is restricted or unsafe to use, such as some FAA controlled airspace, high pedestrian or vehicle traffic areas, places without reliable GPS signal, or high electrical or radio wave interference. Don’t think that just because a high angle shot is taken from an aircraft that the price is also high in the sky. More often than not that is just not the case. That high flying angle can really establish your location with respect to the rest of the surroundings, not to mention our majestic mountains.

Utah Valley University with Mount Timpanogos in the Background

Here at Photographic Solutions (a.k.a. Utah by Air), we take time to plan our architectural ground and air photography when the light is just right. If your building is well lit at night, sometimes a sunset shot can be spectacular. Now is the time to give us a call and schedule a time to capture that moment in time when everything looks its best. Don’t wait too long if your front faces north!

Wall Calendars for Your Business

Have your international and out-of-state clients ever asked you why your business is located in Utah? You could answer that question with the standard well-educated workforce, low cost of living, best state to do business in for 2016, blah blah boring answers. Or this year you could answer that question by sending each of your clients a beautiful, full color calendar featuring our aerial photographs of the amazing landscapes Utah has to offer!

Every year we produce our Utah by Air! calendar filled with stunning aerial views from across the state. Utah has five well known National Parks, National Recreation areas like Glen Canyon (Lake Powell) and Flaming Gorge, the salt flats, the Great Salt Lake, and seven different National Forests. There are endless vistas to see, and our aerial photography captures Utah in all its glory with a different perspective, from above!

We comb through our vast library of stock aerial photography and choose twelve different images for the calendar every year, plus and additional image for the cover. The featured photograph every month is matched to the season, and complimented with additional images that fill the empty date squares on the calendar grid. We even match the coloring of the design to fit the time of year – cooler colors in the winter and warm colors in the summer. The inside cover has descriptions of each photograph detailing the location and history of the area. Each calendar is then privately labeled with your company logo and information on every page and can also include dates important to your business or any other information you need on the calendar pages.

The cost is more affordable than you think, and we offer printing runs anywhere from 150 to over 10,000. Now is the time to start thinking about calendars, so give us a call and find out more about these beautiful and unique client gifts today.

p.s. If you just want a few of our calendars for yourself, follow this link or give us a call.

The End of 2016 and the Beginning of 2017

For Photographic Solutions and Utah by Air, 2016 went out in style. Our last flight of the year took us over some of the amazing scenery that south central Utah has to offer. The San Rafael Swell and the canyons of the Dirty Devil river are amazing, and when the sun is low in the sky and light changes color, the scenery is spectacular! This flight reminded us once again of why we love flying above and photographing the diverse environments of Utah.

We have big plans for 2017! For starters, Allen is heading to Honduras to open the Noreen Macbean Childrens Center in honor of his wife who passed away in a cycling accident in 2015. In order to support the center, which will teach marketable skills to orphaned boys in Honduras, we’ll be starting an ongoing fundraising campaign. Each week we’ll feature a custom print of a different scenic aerial photograph, and a large portion of each print sold will go directly to the center. Stay tuned for more details after Allen gets back at the end of January. You can learn more about the Noreen Macbean Childrens Center and the Hope for Honduran Children Charity by following this link: Noreen Macbean Childrens Center

In June we’re planning an epic three week trip to Alaska! We’ll be flying our plane along with several friends in their planes in a loose caravan to the wild parts of Alaska, and documenting the whole trip from the air.

We’ve also updated our video capabilities and can now provide stabilized 4k video from our plane, in addition to our drone video services. The forward looking video from the airplane (see the sample video above) provides epic overviews of incredible scenery.  Contact us for details, and check out this video of Timpanogos while your thinking about it:

Don’t forget to download our monthly computer wallpaper either!

We hope you have a great 2017!

Goblin Valley State Park

Utah has one of the most diverse landscapes in the world. From beautiful mountain forests and lakes to white, sparkling salt flats to incredible red-rock formations and everything in-between. Some of the most unique landscape formations are found in the orange-red sandstone “hoodoos” of Goblin Valley. From inside the park, the goblins are impressive to look at and offer endless opportunities for hiking and photography. However, the only way to see their true expanse and variety is from the air. A few weeks ago we flew a photo mission to Goblin Valley, which lies on the southern edge of the San Rafael Swell, and photographed this unique and impressive area.

Here are a few photographs from the flight. To see all the images from this flight, including photographs of Factory Butte, click on this link: Goblin Valley Aerial Photography

Yellowstone in the Fall

For a few years, a good friend of mine, nature photographer Bernd Kupka (www.outdooradventurepics.com), has been trying to get me to go with him to Yellowstone and photograph wildlife. I’ve planned on going several times, but it never worked out. A few weeks ago the stars finally aligned and I was able to take the time for a trip. Since I don’t drive anywhere if I don’t have to, I flew up there met Bernd, his girlfriend Daneka and their dog at the West Yellowstone Airport. But first I circled the park and photographed some of the amazing features from a whole new perspective for me.

 (Allen Macbean)
(Grand Prismatic Spring – Yellowstone National Park)
 (Allen Macbean)
(Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River – Yellowstone National Park)
 (Allen Macbean)
(Yellowstone River – Yellowstone National Park)

We spent the next few days driving around the park photographing wildlife. We saw five grizzly bears, but only one that was close enough to photograph. We also saw a pack of 10 wolves, but they too were a bit to far off to work with. But the other animals and the sunsets more than made up for it.

 (Allen Macbean)
(Grizzly Bear near Hayden Valley – Yellowstone National Park)
 (Allen Macbean)
(Trumpeter Swan on Yellowstone River – Yellowstone National Park)
 (Allen Macbean)
(Elk and Bison in Hayden Valley – Yellowstone National Park)
 (Allen Macbean)
(Sunset on Soda Butte Creek – Yellowstone National Park)
 (Allen Macbean)
(Tower Falls at Sunrise – Yellowstone National Park)

It was an amazing trip – view all the images here:

Noreen Macbean Childrens Center

Noreen Carey Macbean Center for Children
Noreen Carey Macbean Center for Children

Most of our clients know that earlier this year Allen lost his beautiful wife Noreen Carey Macbean in a tragic cycling accident. She was an amazing woman who loved life and lived it to the fullest. Noreen loved children although she was unable to have any of her own. To honor her memory, we are working with Hope For Honduran Children to create the Noreen Macbean Childrens Center in Santa Lucia, Honduras. The Center will provide much needed space and equipment for training in micro-enterprises such as pottery, weaving, and woodworking.

The Hope for Honduran Children’s Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing education and housing to orphaned and abandoned boys in one of the most disadvantaged countries in the world. The Foundation works to protect, serve, educate and mentor neglected youth, providing them the knowledge and skills that will enable them to support themselves and improve their villages.
Many of you have asked what you can do to help Allen, and his request is to please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the Noreen Macbean Children’s Center – extending the opportunity of fulfillment through personal responsibility and self-sufficiency to struggling, impoverished youth – the future and hope of Honduras.
To learn more, follow these links:

June’s Free Computer Wallpaper

For a while in May I thought we’d never dry out enough to see the mountains again, or at the least they would wash away. But it’s finally June, the rains have stopped, and the mountains are still here. This month I chose a photograph of Twin Lakes in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Right now there is still a lot of snow up there, but it won’t be long until we have views like this again. Visit our Monthly Wallpaper page to download this image to you computer:

Twin Lakes in Little Cottonwood Canyon
Twin Lakes in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Stock Photography Flight to Eagle City

This past weekend we took a stock photography flight to the airstrip at Eagle City, Utah. A good friend, Cory, and his son Adam came with us in their Cessna 205. The strip is located in the foothills of the Henry Mountains South of Hanksville. When standing on the strip, looking to the West gives you incredible views of the snow-capped Henry Mountains, and looking East fixes your gaze at the red rock mesas and canyons not too far away.

Parked at the Eagle City Airstrip
Parked at the Eagle City Airstrip
Looking East from the Eagle City Airstrip
Looking East from the Eagle City Airstrip

Eagle City was a booming gold mining town back in the 1800’s, with some estimates putting the population as high as 200 people. Unfortunately, the mine kept flooding and the money dried up before they could get the drain holes engineered and built. The town disappeared quickly after that.

We spent most of the day exploring and photographing the Crescent Creek slot canyon just South of the strip. About halfway down the canyon there is a 60 foot drop off where miners had created a dam a long time ago. We were without climbing gear, so we hiked back up the canyon and skirted around the outside to the East were we hiked upstream until the light started fade.

Crescent Creek Slot Canyon
Crescent Creek Slot Canyon

We arrived back the planes just in time to get a great shot of the sun setting behind the mountains and clouds with the airplanes in front. This image is our free computer wallpaper for this month, and you can download it here: Free Computer Wallpaper

Airplanes Camping at the Eagle City Airstrip
Airplanes Camping at the Eagle City Airstrip

All in all, it was a great trip and we look forward to going back with climbing ropes and harnesses and do the slot canyon right.

Search for Jack McAtee

On September 19, 2014, 27 year old Jack McAtee went missing from Frisco, Colorado. He hasn’t been seen since. He was last seen wearing a red/maroon hoodie, blue jeans, a tan hat and moccasins. Friends and family think one of the areas he might be in is Arches National Park. He liked to hike there and it’s possible that he got a ride to the park, went hiking alone and was injured. A few weeks ago, friends of the family asked us to fly over the “Great Wall” area of the park, one of his favorite hiking areas, and shoot vertical (straight down) photography at 3″ resolution. We’ve created a Google Earth file for the imagery we produced. If you want to help in the search, download the file, click on a marker for the full resolution image and search through it. If you see anything at all, let them know. At the very least we can help eliminate the need to search on foot large areas of the park. To learn more, visit this website:  http://www.findjackmcatee.com/

To download the Google Earth file, click on the image below:

Jack McAtee Google Earth Search
Jack McAtee Google Earth Search