Sometimes you have to be spontaneous and just go for "it". That's exactly how I felt this past summer and "it" in this case was a seat on a door-less helicopter ride above NYC. Personal setbacks earlier in the year re-emphasized to me that life is too short.
I've been on helicopters before; however, the ultimate helicopter experience - a ride on a helicopter with no doors above NYC - was too good to pass up on.
Not sure what triggered it. One minute I was talking to my fellow photog friend Ray who decided to buy one of my NYC prints, and then the next minute, out of the blue, I decided to check if there was an available seat on a helicopter. A couple of clicks and forms and before you know it I had a seat booked on the 7pm flight the next day.
I picked 7pm on purpose. Shooting film means that I need natural light. Sunset was scheduled for 7:30pm, so a 7pm take-off and 30 minute trip time meant that I would have enough natural light, as well as the light from the buildings.
This photo captures the sheer madness of the helicopter ride. Circling the Empire State Building and seeing the people on the observation deck just blew my mind and seemed surreal. It was a lot to take in. Even days after the ride my mind was still high up above NYC.