How The Most Iconic Hurricane Sandy Image Was Captured

Iwan Baan photographed New York City from the air last Wednesday, and his image has become perhaps the most iconic record of Sandy, gracing the cover of New York magazine and flooding the internet. This is how he got the shot.

Poynter caught up with Baan to ask him about how the image came about. Turns out he personally rented a helicopter on Wednesday night after the storm hit — but then he had the difficult task of snapping images using a handheld camera from a helicopter constantly vibrating and moving. He explains:

"With these aerials you shoot a lot, bursts of images, to finally pick one out there which is sharp. It's difficult if it's freezing outside, you don't have a door, helicopter is moving and vibrating, etc., but you really work towards an idea, visualisation of that image which you have in mind."

To get the shot, he spent an hour photographing the city using a Canon EOS-1D X and 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens. The picture that finally made it to the cover of New York was taken with an ISO of 25,600, 1/40 shutter speed. On the kit he used, Baan explains:

"[It was] the kind of shot which was impossible to take before this camera was there."

He does, of course, forget to mention his great talent, as well as the massive balls required to jump into a helicopter and fly over New York City last week. [Poynter via The Verge]

Image: New York Magazine/Iwan Baan



    How come Giz doesn't do any stories on Haiti, and all the poor people who lost their lives.

      While I agree the news in general should have more on them... this is a tech blog. Did any Haitians take cool photos with a recently released camera?

      Because one white God loving American life is worth 10,000 Haitians or 100k Iraquis or 100k Afghans or 50k Japanese....................

    They're not reporting here on how many people lost their lives or anything, they're talking about cameras and photography, so it's just a little bit different.

    hahaha I see what you did there: "flooding the internet". So punny

    anywhere to find that image somewhere for free, Id like it as a desktop image,

    so the answer to the headline was "he got in a helicopter and took a photo with his camera". I'm a little disappointed that that was all he did to capture this "iconic record of Sandy" I was expecting some elaborate rig explanation, image editing software on a supercomputer and the like, oh well

    How does it take massive balls to be in a helicopter after a hurricane?

    He must have been flying the helicopter at the same time?

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