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How we do it: Our Airplane
N177MB is a 4 place
single engine Cessna Cardinal with a 180hp Lycoming engine. It
is fully equipped with an IFR approved GPS
navigational system complete with a moving map, as well as a
Stormscope and a TCAD for locating and avoiding other airborne
traffic. Our range is 5 hours between fuel stops at 135 mph.
It has flown nearly 7000 hours now on photo assignments all over the
All of our aerial photos are taken either from the
specially constructed opening side window for
obliques or through the camera port we had installed
in its floor for
(Click on the photo to the right for a larger view.)
Our Camera Equipment
Prior to 2004 all of our
aerial photography was shot using a Hasselblad FCW2000 with a power winder.
This gave us a negative area much larger than 35mm film. With the
1/2000 shutter speed and the large negative size, all those images are guaranteed to be SHARP! With six lenses from which to choose ranging
from 50mm to 350mm, we produced a wide variety of images on each
assignment and all those images are available.
However, in recent years we have switched almost
entirely to digital capture. We currently use a Canon EOS 1Ds M3 which
does an amazing job with 21.1 megapixels! With a number of lenses at our disposal we can now
provide photos on the same day the images are shot when it is necessary, and
our creative options are so much greater!
Our Color Lab
We have now closed our
chemical lab and replaced it with a wonderful new Epson 9800 wide bodied
printer. Now we can print archival quality photos up to 44"
wide by any length, and we can edit the photos before printing including
the addition of graphics if desired! We
can now tap into all the creative possibilities with
everything from corrective enhancement to montages, signs, trade show
booth backdrops and even murals using our aerial photos!
Check out our "virtual mattes" for a neat, new
Our Computer Setup
We now have two high end PCs, one with
quad core processors, an ever expanding amount of hard drive capacity,
4GB RAM memory
each, and all the trimmings
that drive the printer discussed above.
We have a good quality scanner for digitizing our older negatives as well as prints, and
we are doing our best to stay on top of all the exciting new possibilities
for utilizing our aerial photos.
We can add graphics to your photos with site
boundaries, road labels, dates, north arrows, etc. With our wide
printer, you can dream BIG! We can handle any size prints you can
envision up to 44" wide by any length!
We design brochures, post cards, business cards, sell sheets,
etc., from your aerial photos and can give you a truly professional and
cost effective product.
We also have a rugged laptop computer that
goes with us in the airplane and runs moving map software either as road
maps or as flight charts when connected with the plane's GPS and can
even display real time weather.
Our Pilot, Aerial Photographer, Lab Manager, computer person, website designer,
All one and the same -
Marge Beaver - so when "We", that's Marge, the airplane, the
camera, and the Good Lord (not necessarily in that order),
promise a result, you know exactly what kind of effort and commitment will
go into it!
If interested, you can listen to a
radio talk show
interview of me and my business.
Also, here is a link to a FOX 17 TV interview:
All photos on these pages are copyrighted.
Unlawful to reproduce in any form without our permission. Email or call
Marge Beaver, Photography Plus - 231-798-2395 or
866-300-9691 (toll free)
1571 Goody Rd., Muskegon, MI 49441
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