I'm going to start this blog post with a big call: This doors off helicopter flight over Kauai is the most spectacular experience I've ever had.
At certain points I thought I was looking at some sort of digital fantasy world render.
But, it's all real, and thankfully I managed to capture the majority of it.
In December 2018 my girlfriend Amelia and I travelled to Kauai, Hawaii on our way back to Australia from New York.
One of the things I heard that we absolutely HAD to do was a doors off helicopter flight.
After a few minutes of scrolling through instagram hashtags I found a local operator that flew special photo flights over Kauai. Score!
I messaged them telling them I was on the island for about a week and asked if they would be interested in working together.
We managed to get a free of charge doors off flight over Hawaii's oldest island in exchange for the video you see above.
I shot all the 1DXMkII footage at 120fps and slowed most of it down 4 times for the video.
On top of my 1DXMkII I mounted a GoPro Hero 7 which was shooting almost continuously. I was very impressed by the battery life.
The second GoPro I had on me was the GoPro Fusion, which I used to record 360 / VR footage every now and then. Check out the Hawaii in 360 video below!
It's hard to stay on top of all these cameras and not lose focus. Luckily I had flown a lot of photography helicopter flights in the past. So much so that I've got a video about how to shoot from a helicopter:
Below are photos of our trip. After a difficult year for me personally this was an absolutely amazing way to finish it off. A big thanks to Mauna Loa Heli Tours for helping us out, make sure to look them up if you're ever in the area.
Here's a 360 / VR video I made on the GoPro Fusion, which is a nice overview of our trip. The boat ride we did with Captain Andy's was another unforgettable experience.
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