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Weather and Aerial Photography

11 Jun 2021, 12:35 pm

 

Aerial Photographer Troy Morgan is living a career dream he’s been passionate about since he was a teenager.

“I just always enjoyed flying,” Morgan said, the owner of Photos from the Air.  “I’ve always enjoyed scenery, and over time very fortunate to combine that into a business.”

With almost a decade of experience behind him and owning his own aerial photography business, Morgan knows that weather always play a huge role with every flight.

“Not only does that affect our go/no go decision but also our ability to capture the photos that our clients need,” said Morgan.

Once cleared for take-off, it’s time to start the engines and the photography adventure begins.  The weather continues to play a crucial impact in flight — it can shorten the duration time or make quite the bumpy ride with too much turbulence.

“Not only is it uncomfortable but it still affects our ability to take steady photos throughout the orbit so we have to compensate and find ways to still provide the best possible imagery to our clients,”  Morgan explained.  “We want a nice sunny day if it’s either the morning or the afternoon, whichever way the building faces and gets the proper sunlight is when we want to fly.  Cloud buildup is a huge challenge because we really don’t want cloud shadows on the ground and the clouds have to be high enough so not only we can fly safely but also provide the imagery.”

While a majority of his work is photographing commercial properties, every now and then he gets a unique opportunity to capture weather events, like a damage path from a tornado in Colorado to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida.

“Planning was very important and also the speed to document everything before any repairs could be made,”  Morgan said.

But no matter where in the United States the job might take him, Morgan says his favorite part?  The view as far as the eye can see from the cockpit!

“The unique thing of traveling is that it’s something different every day!” Morgan said.

About the author
Meredith is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the American Meteorological Society.  She was born and raised in Cleveland but has worked from coast to coast covering almost every type of weather.  Meredith is a weather, space, and STEM journalist and has been live out in the field during destructive tropical storms on the Gulf Coast of Florida, raging wildfires in Southern Cali... Load Morefornia, and covered the wreckage from tornadoes in the Great Plains. In 2009, she reported on the damaging hail storm during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and in 2017, the historic California winter storms that produced record rain totals and devastating flash flooding.  Prior to joining WeatherNation, Meredith worked at KEYT/KKFX in Santa Barbara, CA, KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD, WWSB-TV in Sarasota, FL, and began her career as an intern at WGN-TV in Chicago.  She was Santa Barbara's "Favorite Weathercaster of the Year" in 2016 and the Community Partner of the Year in 2017 for her volunteer work with Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties and awarded with the 2018 Valparaiso University Alumni Association First Decade Achievement Award. Meredith is the current chair of the American Meteorological Society's Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness & outreach when it comes to science education for viewers.  She's also an accomplished journalist, producing weather and science stories including rocket launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the new GOES-16 satellite and it's impacts on weather forecasting.  Meredith was personally invited by NASA's Johnson Space Center to interview astronauts on the International Space Station and was the only meteorologist in the nation to do an exclusive report accompanying the GOES-West satellite from Colorado to Florida, reporting on and covering it's launch in 2018.  Meredith's also worked on features that took her paragliding along the coast, white water rafting in Northern California, learning to surf in the Pacific Ocean, and how to be an aerial photographer while flying a single engine plane!

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