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Visual Stories: Behind the Lens with Vincent Laforet by Ibarionex Perello, Vincent Laforet

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Chapter 7. In the Air

Coney Island in 2006.

ISO 160 f/5 1/2500 200mm

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Aerial photography has to be one of my favorite things to do as a photographer. I definitely fell into it—I never knew I was going to become an aerial specialist.

I had a background in sports photography, which involved using long lenses and capturing the moment. With sports, there’s only one chance to capture that key play; you don’t have any second chances. So when I was put up in a helicopter for the first time, I was already conditioned to capture that moment the first time.

Helicopters or planes tend to loop around subject matter, and if you see something happening, you’ve ...

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