First Large Format Skydiving Photographs

Aaron Gustafson, a Seattle-based artist, has become the first person to ever shoot large format photographs while skydiving. Using a custom large format helmet camera he designed himself, Gustafson made one large format photograph on each jump while traveling at speeds upwards of 130 miles per hour.

The helmet camera is a cube-shaped acrylic and aluminum box that uses a wide angle lens and contains a single sheet of 4×5” large format film.

Gustafson says,

I wanted to upend the norms by making a [large-format] camera to be used in a wildly different way. This is what you’d get if you threw Ansel Adams out of a plane. […] Photography is in a strange place now where everyone is taking camera-phone snapshots and posting them online. But photography can still be grand and larger-than-life. This project came out of a desire for that. It’s a hybrid of new and old, calm and chaos.

Here’s a video documenting one of his photographic jumps:

To see more of his work, you can visit Gustafson’s website.

(via PhotographyBLOG)

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  • Zak

    why not?

  • ylDave

    Sky is overexposed and the earth is underexposed. He needs a Gradiated Density filter to even out the exposure, or they need to toss out a monster monoblock flash w/parachute for fill.

  • Maria Jonas

    This looks like you in the main pic on this page. Did you ever go to Cairns for a vacation?

  • Scott McClarin

    If he rescanned the film at 1200ppi or higher as Tiff images about 200-300MB each, at three different exposures = three images, and HDR tone mapped them (but not overdone or cooked); he can still balance out the exposure from the ground and Sky, no filter needed as there is a SH*# load of information in a 4×5 film emulsion. I do this with my medium and large format film scans of Velvia 50 images and it works wonders!! P.S. I am looking foreward to seeing his 8×10 helmet cam!!! Now that would be impressive!!!