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 7 years and in the industry for 12. 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 still. 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 Safety Manager, and use this platform to promote general helicopter flight 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
Article in the Aug/Sept 2018 issue of Vertical Magazine: Into the Ice
Since I’ve usually got my hands full with flying I rely on mounting the camera somewhere. I use a DSLR gorilla pod or a sturdy tripod, both of which I tie down securely. I also tie down the camera so that there is no chance it can fall down and jam the flight controls or cause injuries in a hard landing.
Primarily I use a Sony A7II camera set to 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 also have a GoPro Hero 5 Black.
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 and iPad
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.