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

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Apple’s 3D map vs Actually Being There

When I saw the 3D map in Apple’s latest iOS 6 features video I thought it was funny to see they show off this new feature by flying around the Transamerica Pyramid. It’s a view I know pretty well!

I can see how the 3D feature could be handy for scouting out aerial locations to shoot from ahead of time, but you don’t get the sense of perspective that you get from using different lenses. It’s a little whacked.

Here’s a comparison between what I can see in the new Maps App on my iPad and what I actually shot from almost the same position. In my aerial shot the Transamerica Pyramid seems to be shooting out of the ground and is far more dramatic. Needless to say, I still like my shot better.

The top picture is a rendered view of the Transamerica Pyramid from iOS 6 Maps 3D.

And this second one is my shot taken from a Hughes 500c helicopter, with a Canon 5D Mk2 16-35mm at 16mm.

I’m a nominee for the 7th Annual Black & White Spider Awards

My aerial shot of the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco was a nominee in the Professional Architecture Catagory :) 

It’s becoming quite a prestigious annual photography competition with the judges from the Tate Gallery in London, National Geographic, Bonhams Auction house, and more.

http://www.thespiderawards.com/gallery/7th/gallery.php?g=&x=p&cid=105&fid=95273

I was also a nominee back in 2006 in the Professional Sports Category for my portrait of Tochiazuma the number 2 ranking sumo wrestler at the time I shot him in Japan.

Here’s a short video of me shooting the Transamercia Pyramid in San Francisco from the air.

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.