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All I took away from the BTS video was:
"We spent a crap-ton of money on gear for this shoot but we lucked into the best stuff..."
In all honesty, projects done on the uber expensive just to say they were done, leave me cold and kind of disinterested.
I guess I see it another way Jay. We all generally bring our best tools with us on a shoot. Some simply can afford more and better tools than others. I think the luck part is simply the dynamics of shooting a static subject on the ground from a moving airplane at a low AGL, not every frame is going to be a keeper. To me it looks like this rig allows the photographer and pilot to collaborate and craft precisely the image desired. Sometimes I bet that does not reveal itself until they have made several passes.
I can only assume that the "forward looking" aspect of his gimbal arrangement gives the photographer the option and/or advantage to capture imagery that he and/or his client desires. It is no different that when Jim does architectural work compared to when I do it. His lighting resources easily overwhelm my humble set-up. Unfortunately, any gear debate always seems to avoid what I believe is the most important factors - talent, skill and vision.
I'm guessing I could take most of Jim's lighting equipment away from him and he'd still produce superior architectural photographs for his clients. In fact, that is probably exactly what he had to do in the early years of his career. Don't get me wrong, I want the best equipment I can afford, but IMHO that will never overcome a deficit in talent, skill and vision.
I give this photographer credit for finding an innovative approach to taking these photographs.
Don't forget my brother, compared to most everyone else at an AzAP photocall, you are the guy that "spent a crap-ton of money on gear". All that great gear not withstanding, it is your talent that separates you from other shooters. I prefer to admire this photographers vision and skill to create some terrific images.