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Marge Beaver
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231-798-2395 or
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1571 Goody Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49441
 
 

Aerial Photography

  How we do it:  Our Airplane   
 

Our Airplane - N177MB

      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 country.

      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 verticals 

(Click on the photo to the right for a larger view.)
Camera Setup 
 
  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 framing option.
 
 
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 bodied 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, accountant, etc.
 
       
      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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlUHuDBI-Rs 



 

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Marge Beaver, Photography Plus - 231-798-2395 or 866-300-9691 (toll free)
1571 Goody Rd., Muskegon, MI 49441

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