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Bartering for a Flight Aboard the Eureka

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The only thing I can think of better than flying around taking pictures of a zeppelin would be to actually get aboard one. But, how to do that when it costs $500 a ticket? Well, the zeppelin company Airship Ventures ...

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Encounter With A Zeppelin

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In January of 2010, Todd emailed me to let me know that a real life Zeppelin called the "Eureka" would be flying into San Diego to cover the newly named Farmers Insurance Open. This was exciting enough, but I did ...

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The "New" Point Loma Light House from 500Ft

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San Diego has been blessed with not just one, but two light houses. The "new" Point Loma Lighthouse is perhaps the most striking and beautiful landmark to view from land or sea, but I appreciated it all over again as ...

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Wonderful Old Landmark - New Perspective

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Flying further south to the end of Point Loma as the sunset nears, a beautiful soft light filters over the city. Pictured below is the "old lighthouse" juxtaposed against the modern geometric shapes that form the San Diego skyline.

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My First Aerial Client

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In 2009 I had begun sharing some of my aerial photos on Facebook and also at my photoblog DailyFrame. I was surprised and excited one day when I got an email from a friend of mine who works at Point ...

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Things I Would Never Know...

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...unless I happened to be flying directly over the Hotel Del Coronado...or, maybe clicked HERE I guess looking at the beautiful Hotel Del and the view from the white sandy beaches at Coronado probably caused me to overlook an obvious ...

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Crystal Pier and Pacific Beach

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Crystal Pier has been a San Diego icon for decades. It was originally opened in 1927, and it is easily recognized both from the air and by land. I always enjoy seeing the pier during coastal flights because it brings ...

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Mt Soledad Cross Overlooking San Diego Skyline

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Our flight path often takes us from Gillespie field westward toward the coast where we can transition north or south. As we reach La Jolla, this great San Diego icon can be viewed from several unique viewpoints. The Mount Soledad ...

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A California Icon - Palomar Observatory

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The Aerial San Diego Project was born in 2009 after I placed a free ad in Craigslist. I had no idea who might be interested in doing a project like this, and I had no budget to speak of, so ...

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Closer Still - Zooming In on The Carnival Elation

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Shooting with a image stabilized long lens from the air is a challenge to be sure, but if you have enough light to shoot at faster speeds of 800+ then you can make it work.

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Overlooking The Cruise Terminal

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Flying in a tiny R22 with Corporate Helicopters, I spot the Carnival Elation just before it headed out for a cruise to Mexico.

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The Giant Dipper - An Obvious Target From The Air

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The Mission Beach Roller Coaster was built in 1925 and dubbed the “Giant Dipper.” It is one of two remaining roller coasters located by the ocean in Southern California.

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About the "Project"

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The Aerial San Diego Project is an idea that started as a little rock in my shoe the day I took a flight in a Cessna with a co-worker. We flew down the coastline and then got permission to transition ...

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2011

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
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