Monday, February 25, 2013


Imagine flying free, out in the open, but not necessarily too far above the ground (you gotta love that adrenaline rush)., and all you have to do to change directions is shift your weight?  Sign me up.   I am intrigued by the Sky Gypsys.  I want to be one, I want to fly like an eagle.
That much freedom, feeling riding the Harley? (but without the rumble, and concrete background)........although there is noise, so maybe I can't say that.   Aerotrekking just doesn't seem that loud in the video's I've watched.  We'll leave it at that. ;-)
The point is that its an extremely cool way spend your time, and provides amazing photo opportunities,  not available from any ground angle.

The Sky Gypsy tab (Pages) will open a treasure trove of links to original photography that is truly beautiful.   I believe most, if not all photos are credited to B. Alvarius, our resident Sky Gypsy. :)    Vantage points otherwise unobtainable , subject matter off the beaten path, and a photographer who pushes the envelope,  combine to create spectacular snapshots with a new twist.  Definitely worth the look.

This link shows the SG logo, created as part of Art Race, by sculptor Ben Sargent.  Note the shadow of the photographer. ;-)




  1. Thank you for referencing some of the low level aerial photography. Additional low level aerial images my be found here and for low level aerial video there is this

    1. My pleasure...they really are stunning. I get a much greater feeling of 'being there' , than with traditional photos. I think it has something to do with feeling surrounded by the ground? Not sure, lol. The ghost town looks like a place I would love to explore. How high up were you when you took those shots? Actually, is there a specific range you fly in for the low level aerial video/stills? It really looks exciting.
      I should thank you for having such a cool hobby, you have provided me with a new locale to add to my list, and some excellent aerial shots to day dream over. :)

    2. Many low level aerial photographs are first designed using Google Earth (looking for interesting landscape). The area is then flown looking for interesting scenes. Once an interesting scene is found a flight path over the scene is set up so the photograph may be captured, I am both pilot and photographer. The stability and open cockpit of a trike helps make the process of capturing these scenes a reality. In many photographs objects that would allow the viewer to judge scale are obscured allowing the viewer to create their own interpretation of the image. This post on Gaia's Brain is a good example of an aerial photograph without scale and this this post describes the rational.

      Altitudes for images are based on the scene to be captured and may range from 10' to several hundred. In the video (referenced above) you will notice a fence I fly over, the aircraft is only about 10' up.

  2. I can't fly in a plane but I can go up in a balloon. Is it like a balloon? I read it was a little bumpy. Is that true?
    Love the desert. Love New Mexico.

    1. It can be bumpy if the winds are up. The aircraft is light and subject to winds in comparison to a heavy passenger jet, but the wings are tested to levels exceeding a Cessna so they can handle any loads.