Low-wake Passenger Ferry – Seattle Aerial Photography

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Blog | 2 Comments

I captured these photos from a helicopter without a door, wearing fingerless gloves, dangling out into a constant 35-85 knot flow of freezing wind. To set the shots up, I communicated with the pilot over the in-helicopter mics, then the pilot would call down via shortwave radio to the captain of the boat. The technical challenge of coordinating two fast-moving targets like this is only superseded by getting kids to line up for a family photo.

The Ferry, Rich Passage I, is a 77′ low-wake passenger ferry designed by the Bellingham-based company All American Marine. The vessel was designed specifically for Kitsap County to provide an efficient low impact commuter solution that would not erode the coastline.



  1. Maryanne Paetkau
    December 15, 2011

    Great photography Daniel…

  2. Brian
    December 17, 2011

    Nice shots!


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