Over at FlyNYON, we've started a new series called "Behind The Photo" where we do a quick little interview with a photographer about their favorite photo with FlyNYON. I did mine about my New Years Eve photo over Times Square right after the ball dropped. There wasn't too much I could say in the short 60 seconds I had but that's what this blog is about.
Being on many, many open door photo helicopter flights, I usually have a good idea of what to expect when I have an image in mind but for this, I had not a clue. Because of a TFR (temporary flight restriction) we had to fly at 4,500ft instead of the regular 1,500ft, so I wasn't sure how zoomed in I would need to be or if we would even be able to get any detail at all from between the buildings.
As mentioned in the video, this photo was taken from our first view of Times Square. When we flew in to the city, I was on the left side of the aircraft facing Central Park and didn't even get to see what Times Square looked like from my angle. Sine we didn't have our cell phone out or anything, we couldn't see the time. The pilot counted us down till midnight and thats when he spun the helicopter around and Times Square was right in front of our faces.
We did a few takes throughout the 15-20 minutes we were flying, but this was obviously when the party really started, so it has the most action and captures the true essence of New York City on New Years. To check out the rest of my photos from this site, you can read my previous blog on it.