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This Guy Shoots 100MP Aerial Photos While Hanging Out of a Helicopter


Jin-Woo Prensena is a Los Angeles-based fine art photographer who shoots gorgeous aerial photos from a top-down perspective. Instead of using a drone, as is popular these days, Prensena hangs out of helicopters while wielding a Phase One XF 100MP medium format camera for 100-megapixel photos.

Prensena first got into the aerial photography niche three years ago, partnering with a friend of his, helicopter pilot Aaron Fitzgerald of Airborne Images.

While Fitzgerald pilots the chopper at upwards of 7,500 feet, Prensena hangs out of the open door with a harness on his back and shoots photos with his camera pointed straight down.

Here’s a video showing Prensena shooting from the outside of an airborne helicopter:

While shooting, Prensena is constantly battling fierce wind that makes his eyes water, crazy shaking, and noise that makes it impossible to hear his camera’s shutter.

Shooting at 100 megapixels allows Prensena to sell giant prints of his work that measure up to 58×103 inches (~4.8×8.6ft and 147x261cm). The prints become instant conversation pieces when hung up on clients’ walls, giving Prensena a great deal of word-of-mouth marketing. Here’s a selection of Prensena’s work:

Prensena is now working toward shooting and exhibiting his photos in locations around the world. You can find more of his work on his website and Instagram.

Image credits: Photographs by Jin-Woo Prensena and used with permission