Burning Parachutes with Jim

In May I posted a picture on my website that got people wondering how it was done.


Jim Hickey visited Skydive Arizona a number of times in order to burn some parachutes.

Follow the link to view a short interview with Jim about his experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CvV0w2IdYc&feature=youtu.be

Here is some of the compiled Video Footage – edited by Joe Jennings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQippJLNDF4&feature=youtu.be

Jim came back in early August for a second attempt – this time at night. Steve Curtis and I joined him, successfully burning three parachutes in one go. Here are a couple of screen grabs form a GoPro that was attached to my knee. Some of the footage will be incorporated in a compilation video and uploaded to the AXIS YouTube Channel very soon.

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XRW Night Jumps at Skydive Arizona

“This photo is a bit cryptic, but when you are flying a tiny little high performance canopy right along a really-damn-big wingsuit, in the dark, a few thousand feet above a bunch of thorny, prickly things, your attention might not be completely on the camera work. Nik Daniel (canopy pilot) and Alex Swindle (wingsuiter) completed the first night-dock XRW (to the best of our knowledge) on the night of January 11th, in the dark skies above Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ”  – Blue Skies Magazine

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On February 8th, 2014 we tried it again with better cameras and more lights. Here are some of the images we were able to capture this time around:

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Last Nights Light Show

Last night I set out to take pictures of some fireworks for the 4th of July celebration. Once the sun finally set however, I found myself turning my camera towards a much more spectacular light show brought on by mother nature.

I took this image at Skyventure Arizona, a facility designed for skydivers to practice free-fall maneuvers. Canon 7D / Lens 18-55 / Manual Mode / Exposure time 20 seconds / ISO 200 / F3.5 / WB Fluorescent

Experimenting with Time Lapse

About ten years ago I watched the movie Baraka by Ron Fricke. It came out in 1992 and was inspired by the movie Koyaanisqatsi (1982) by Godfrey Reggio. The movie has no conventional plot, merely a collection of expertly photographed scenes. Without words, cameras show us the world, with an emphasis not on “where,” but on “what is there.”  I was truly amazes at the images I witnessed and have had them in my mind ever since.

Only recently after having seen the trailer for the movie Time Scapes by Tom Lowe, have I been inspired to give time lapse a try for myself. Over the past week I have performed experiments with clouds, rivers, sunsets, the milky way, people, and some other random ideas. All images were shot with my Canon 7D using various lenses.