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Aerial: The Art of Photography from the Sky Hardcover – 26 Sep 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rotovision; First Edition edition (26 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2880467276
  • ISBN-13: 978-2880467272
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 25.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,261,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Aerial photographer Jason Hawkes has specialized in aerial shoots from helicopters since 1991, is based just outside London in the UK, and works worldwide.

He has produced over 50 aerial photographic books for publishers such as the BBC, Random House, Dorling Kindersley and Harper Collins. His first book " London from the Air " published by Random House sold over 160,000 copies.

He shoots from single days for architectural visualisation companies to organising multi shoot ads for large ad agencies, annual reports, and even whole image libraries for branding agencies, working all over the world and organising all helicopters, production and permits needed.

His clients include brands such as HP, Citi, Siemens, Nike, Coca Cola, Nokia, BT, HSBC, NatWest, Ford, American Airlines, Rolex, Toyota, Smirnoff, Mitsubishi, Samsung, National Geographic, O2 and BP.

Product Description


Hawkes advises on how to take aerial photographs: how to chart small aircraft; basic flying rules; what equipment to use - film, filters, format, lenses and gyro stabilizing units to overcome vibration. He also discusses problems specific to this form of photography, including aircraft height restrictions, battery problems in extreme cold and safety issues.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "martabobic" on 21 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I first picked up this book in a bookstore on a cold, uninspiring day, and from the cover shot alone, I knew there were some magical images to come. Jason Hawkes is a very daring and talented photographer, with many images published in various books, magazines and adverts- the stories about each picture in this book tell of his inspiration for each one, and sometimes the slightly illegal and life-threatening helicopter rides involved in capturing them. There are aerial shots from around the world, some that make you stop ant think 'what the **** is that?' until you read the text, like the one of London's Waterloo station in the snow, which looks a lot like a knot of white serpents at first glance. The shots are very detailed, which is guaranteed to keep you busy for a while, like with all aerail photography- there are endless things to discover. This is really a beautifully presented book which makes you think about the technical side of photography, through Hawkes' explanation of his technique, as well as the art of it. Jason Hawkes gives us a peek at something most of us will never see, something reserved for those madmen who hire helicopters for thousands of pounds per hour, just to get that perfect shot of a car park from above. Defintely buy it, it's spectacular.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Strongly encouraged for anyone with even a passing interest in this subject. 9 Feb. 2007
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As a person who is trying to "make it big" in aerial and aviation photography I would have liked a little more in depth discussion regarding the techinques he uses. Outside of that minor point, this book is stunning, the images are crystal clear, and the printing is very well done. Unlike many of us who use digital cameras, these images are mostly done on film and with medium format. Which is clearly evidenced by the level of detail he has managed to pull out.
Nice Book 4 Aug. 2010
By Matt - Published on
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As someone who is starting an aerial photography business, I was pleased to see the work in this book. It has a wonderful collection of high quality images which are beautiful. Jason Hawkes has compiled a great collection of photos which are worthy of publication and I highly recommend this book to you.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Amazing one-of-a-kind visual scenarios 4 Mar. 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Very highly recommended for personal and community library Photography Book collections, Aerial: The Art Of Photography From The Sky by aerial photography Jason Hawkes is a compendium of truly spectacular full-color photography book featuring sweeping viewpoints from high above the earth. The informed and informative text offers unique insight into these amazing one-of-a-kind visual scenarios perfectly captured by camera from above, compiled into a visually glorious coffee table book.
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