Photographer Captures Breathtaking Canyons with 150MP IQ4 Phase One and Helicopter
I find canyons and gorges to be some of the most breathtaking places to visit and photograph. They’re as beautiful from a vantage point as they are from the air, and photographer Mitch Rouse proves it for sure in his stunning aerial images.
While drones are readily available today, Mitch chooses a more complex, and I would say braver, method to take his aerial photos. Combining a Phase One IQ4 with his passion for photography and flying, he takes mesmerizing photos from above. Our chosen series shows the incredible beauty of the canyons, and Mitch kindly shared the photos and some details with DIYP readers.
Mitch is a transportation contractor and photographer based in Cody, Wyoming. Bringing his two interests together, he first started exploring aerial photography with high-tech drones. However, he found that they had too many limitations for what he wanted to achieve, so he decided to shoot mostly directly from a fixed-wing aircraft.
After years of experimentation, Mitch has now found the happy medium between the two. He developed a system that integrates a Bell 407 helicopter, a nose-mounted gimbal and a 150 MP IQ4 Phase One mounted on it. This system is perfect for what Mitch wants to film: it allows Mitch to take aerial photos directly like a drone, but it offers superior image quality.
The Canyons The project was shot with the IQ4 associated with the Schneider Kreuznach 35mm lens. If the monster industrial camera is definitely his favorite, he sometimes opts for a more modest and compact solution, the Leica SL2. It offers him more freedom and comfort, especially during prolonged shots, while its 50 MP resolution still allows excellent image quality. As for lenses, the Schneider 75-150mm is his go-to lens for the IQ4, while he pairs his Leica SL2 with the SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 and the APO- Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4.
Besides canyons, Mitch is interested in industrial sites including agriculture, transportation, shipping, ports, solar power, wind power, oil and gas. He uses his skills and interests working with a retired NASA scientist to explore the worlds of photorealistic mapping with 10 times the resolution of Google and virtual reality of real world locations.
Take a look at more great photos of Mitch below and be sure to check out more of his work on his website, Instagram and Behance.