The best way to see Christmas lights

The best way to see Christmas lights

I love Christmas lights.  I wouldn’t call myself Clark Griswold or anything, but since I currently live in a condo I can’t really go overboard on Christmas lights, which means I have to just sit back and enjoy the work of others…which brings us to a North Texas outfit called Epic Helicopters. Epic operates out of both Dallas and Fort Worth, so they have you covered in North Texas.  They do all sorts of tours, charters, instructing, etc.,  but what drew my eye was their Instagram special for Christmas.  Last minute helicopter tours for $99?  Yep.  In.  Done. I met the pilot at Addison Airport just north of Dallas at the Atlantic Aviation terminal.  Amidst the private jets was a small helicopter off in the distance (I thought).  The pilot gave me and another couple a quick safety briefing and orientation and, after a short delay waiting for a bit of rain to pass, made our way to the helicopter. For the photographers Now, as most of you know, I at least fancy myself a bit of a photographer.  As such, I was very excited to take pictures from a helicopter.  This is WAAAAAAY harder than it sounds, especially at night.  The ride ended up being smooth, but you’re still in a helicopter.  My Sony a7 handles low-light situations pretty well, but even this would put it to the test.  The fastest lens in my arsenal is my Zeiss 55mm f1.8 prime, and I figured it’d give me the best… read more

 

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