San Francisco photographer Jon Hope specializes in location portraits and aerial photography.


Posts tagged landscape

Icelandic Roads from the air

I only had time for a quick shoot during my Iceland trip but the landscape near Reykjavik changes pretty dramatically in only 15 minutes of flying.

Bláfjallavegur Road looked amazing curving through the snow covered lava fields near the Thrihnukagigur Volcano. The lava fields had some interesting patterns so I spent a little time trying to get some more abstract views with a hint of road for scale. 



Last minute aerial shoot in Iceland

I had a great last minute aerial shoot on my short trip to Iceland. Reykjavik Helicopters made it happen with almost no notice on a cold but clear morning only a couple of hours before my flight back to London. Thanks guys - it was the highlight of my trip.

It was pretty windy, check out the horizontal windsock !


I concentrated on mostly new abstract landscapes as the really dramatic scenery was too far away to fly to and make it back in time for my UK flight this trip. Stayed tuned for some shots from the shoot.

It’s turned into a bit of a tradition for each aerial shoot to take a shot of the back of the helicopter from my position sitting out of the door on each trip. I call them my tail rotor shots, and I’m getting quite a collection. This one is over the bay bridge in San Francisco from an earlier blog post.

These two tail rotor shots from Iceland are maybe 10 minutes apart, and you can see how dramatically the landscape changes.



Bernal Tilt Shift on Flickr.  Flying over my neighbourhood was fun. It’s a different perspective on the streets I know well.

Miniature Freeway on Flickr.

Another real Tilt Shift shot. This time a freeway interchange in the East Bay.

Transamerica Black and White on Flickr.

I really like how this shot of the Transamercia Pyramid came out. The square crop makes it feel like I shot it on my Hasselblad, and the black and white image gives the early 70’s building it’s retro look.

Bay Bridge Toll Plaza on Flickr.

More shots from yesterdays shoot over San Francisco.

New and Old on Flickr.

 The new east span of Bay Bridge is coming along.

The clear conditions this morning, can’t get much better than this.

Bay Bridge Tilt Shift on Flickr.

This one is for real, no photoshop trickery. Shot with the Canon TS-E 45mm lens, with lots of movement applied.

Tennis Courts Aerial on Flickr.

A photoshop tilt shift test.