Now we’re getting stuck into 2020 I thought I’d reflect back on last year. 2019 was a busy one, working with multiple clients, photographing new and already visited places, another trip to the Isles of Scilly, shipping out lots of prints and putting together the 2020 calendar.
The weather on the whole was pretty decent, allowing for some good flying conditions. This meant I could spend a fair amount of time over the summer when in between jobs updating the galleries here on the website with new images. I’m proud to hold such a vast stock library of aerial photos. Aerial Cornwall started in 2014 so over the 6 years there is a lot of locations on file, both stills and video footage.
It’s always hard to pick some favourite images from the year as literally thousands are taken but here are a few that stood out from the summer and all made it into the 2020 calendar:
Top left: Pendennis Caste, Falmouth | Bottom left: Tresco, Isles of Scilly | Right: Porthmeor Beach, St Ives.
Thank you to everyone who ordered prints over the year, especially during the festive period which was particularly busy. The most ordered print was Pendennis Castle in the mist! Rare and lucky conditions allowed for that image to be captured of Pendennis Point engulfed in sea fog on the morning of 23rd October.
This is the 6th calendar I’ve produced and I was really pleased with how it turned out. Picking 12 images sounds like a piece of cake but it’s quite hard to pin down images people would be happy to see hanging on their wall each month, and also giving good coverage over Cornwall and not repeating locations from the previous years.
It’s great to work with local companies; a very talented graphic designer who helps with the design; Katie Puremont from Falmouth. The printing is by Tip Top Design & Print based in Redruth and I post all the calendars personally. Also this year they were 100% plastic free, each calendar was packaged in a paper envelope for protection and shipped in a cardboard envelope. Thank you to everyone who purchased the 2020 calendar from all over the world.
2019 also saw a change in branding with a new Aerial Cornwall logo. I wanted something different yet simple which worked well as a watermark on images. Katie Puremont did a fantastic job in producing the new logo.
I invested in some new equipment to push the quality of work and branch out into other types of media. For aerial work I purchased the DJI Inspire 2, the full specs can be seen on the equipment page but in a nut shell it’s capable of filming in higher quality video resolutions and gives the option to change lenses for different focal lengths.
For ground photography and video I picked up the Sony A7III, a fantastic full-frame camera with superb photo quality and 4K video recording. To work with this I picked up the DJI Ronin-SC gimbal for ultra smooth video recording.
I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead and seeing what it brings, where I end up and the photos I capture. I certainly plan to use the Inspire 2 more and really experiment with the lenses on offer. I will be exploring more places I have yet to visit and add to the ever-growing aerial gallery. As you can expect I’ll have another calendar coming out at the end of this year.
If you made it this far then thank you for reading. Thanks to everyone who has worked with Aerial Cornwall on commercial work, people who have purchased prints, calendars and other artwork. You can follow the Aerial Cornwall pages online, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Videos on YouTube and Vimeo and the website is always being updated with new images too.
Thank you and here’s to 2020! Matt – Aerial Cornwall.