We’ve all browsed through Google Earth from time to time and have become familiar with the wonder and utility of aerial images, including those of downtown New Orleans and the Crescent City bridges. However, these aerials don’t provide the same artistic quality than an oblique image can provide. In 2011, I had the opportunity to take a helicopter ride through New Orleans, and it provided me with a once in a lifetime opportunity to view some of NOLA’s landmarks from a breathtaking angle.
For approximately $500, three of us chartered a helicopter out of the Lakefront Airport, and they were kind enough to provide a pilot or else we would have been going nowhere! The trip was ostensibly to view the flooding of the Mississippi River during the Spring high water, which precipitated the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Having completed our “work”, we set about heading into downtown New Orleans, at an altitude of probably about 1,000 feet. However, my fear of heights was completely over-shadowed by my excitement at getting to shoot some very famous landmarks from an unusual vantage point.
First image is probably one one of my more popular shots; a skyline shot with the Mercedes Benz Superdome as one of the more prominent features. The building to the right is an odd one. It looks like it has a top hat and has lain empty for some time. I believe there are plans to demolish it, but as of writing, it was still there.