Don’t ask German photographer Klaus Leidorf whether he can walk and chew bubblegum at the same time. In fact, this German photographer can steer a Cessna 172 with his feet while shooting amazing aerial shots from an open window.
When Leidorf began taking aerial shots in 1989, he found it impossible to capture small features while handholding a Contax camera. Recently with the advent of new image-stabilization technologies Leidorf’s photographic possibilities have exploded. Now, using a Canon EOS 5D with 24-105mm f/4 or 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lenses, both of which have Canon’s Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Leidorf can shoot details as precise as a tennis ball flying across a court.
Leifdorf considers himself an aerial “archaeologist.” From the sky, he is able to discern stunning patterns and pops of color. “I’m glad to have this overview of things on the earth,” the photographer/pilot says. “When I’m flying and see things from above, I don’t care anymore about the small things. It gives me peace.”
See Leifdorf’s website for more of his work.