Wow. That's the best word to sum up my experience Wednesday morning.
I had offered to photograph a farm for a distant cousin of mine, thinking I'd be taking pictures of his farm from the ground. Every year they open in the fall for people to come and try their corn maze and other activities like paint ball and a giant slide. They wanted photos of their corn maze. Well, how do we get those photos? From the air. I got the e-mail stating they were going up in the helicopter to photograph it, and it dawned on me.... I'd be shooting from a helicopter when I am terrified of heights and get motion sickness really bad even as an adult, and can't tolerate 99% of the rides in amusement parks. I said I'd do it, so I just swallowed all my irrational fears of falling out or crashing... for the most part.
Wednesday morning rolled around. I had a light breakfast in case I got sick. I left 10 minutes later than I wanted to, expecting traffic. There was no traffic, and I arrived 15 minutes early. I spent my time up till take off trying to keep myself calm. The helicopter was a 2 seater, just the pilot and one passenger was all who could fit. There were no doors. They take the doors off for photographing from the air.
Time came to get in and strap down in the seat. I made my straps as tight as I could, and my camera was secure. I put on the headphones so I could hear the pilot and he could hear me and we began to leave the ground. I filmed take off, and much of the ride. Once we got over the maze a bit, he tilted the helicopter so I could get a better shot of it, so there I was, with nothing between me and the ground but the straps holding me in my seat while I took pictures, and all I could do was pay attention to my camera while I took the photos. I filmed the landing and a few little parts during the ride when I couldn't see the maze, and took a few shots while I couldn't see it of the horizon. It was difficult for me to look at the horizon before I started feeling whoozy. I don't know why, but for me the horizon was the hardest part to look at, but I wanted pictures of it, and I did my best to get a few.
I can't share photos of the maze or the videos yet. Not till their media day in mid September, after that I can share them. These pictures here were some of the very few that didn't have any part of the maze in it.