This is a blog made to share my passion for vertical flight. The views presented here are my own and do not reflect the views of my company or any other affiliated entity. This site is still very much under construction.
I’m Tom, a utility helicopter pilot from Norway. I’ve been a pilot for 4 years and in the industry for 9. Being a pilot was a childhood dream of mine, and even among my peers I guess I am regarded as a bit of an Avgeek. I feel very privileged to get to do what I do and I try my best to never take my job for granted. Additionally I am a Flight Safety Adviser, and use this platform to promote safety outside of work. Some of you know I like to share pictures on Instagram, you can find them here: @thathelicopterguy
More about me in this interview in HeliPress: Interview
Interview with Enjoy Flying: Pilot of the Week
Since I’ve usually got my hands full with flying I rely on mounting the camera somewhere. I use a DSLR gorilla pod that I tie down. I also tie down the camera so that there is no chance it can fall down and jam the flight controls. With my Canon 7D I use a remote that I set in timelapse mode. I start it prior to lift-off and let it do its thing. That way I can focus on flying and leave the camera alone. I have also added a Sony A7II to my collection. That has a time-lapse app that works in the same way as the 7D with the remote.
I only shoot RAW to make sure I have ample opportunity to edit my shots. I try to create pictures that match the world as we see it. That is hard to do without any editing because of the limited dynamic range of cameras. Sometimes I can get carried away and ruin shots altogether, other times I go for a more artsy expression.
Lightroom for PC
Snapseed for iOS
In Lightroom I usually increase shadows and lower highlights. I may add a touch of clarity, a bit of vibrance, some contrast, and some noise reduction. In Snapseed I use various adjustments to add some punch. Below you can see a before and after shot. Only Lightroom for this one, uncropped.