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• High in the Sky Over Seattle for Aerial Photography and Video of Duwamish River Industrial Corridor

Posted by Leonard on May, 22, 2014

I’ve been working on a story about heavy metals in industrial stormwater runoff entering Puget Sound, specifically zinc. The story is being produced for regional environmental NGO The Pollution Prevention Resource Center. Through PPRC, we were able to connect with another national nonprofit out of Wyoming called LightHawk that connects recreational pilots with environmental projects that could benefit from a unique aerial perspective. So Lighthawk connects pilots across the country with photographers and filmmakers, journalists, policy makers, funders and others to get up into the air to survey areas of particular focus or concern. Yesterday, I was privileged to connect with pilot Linda Chism who is an engineer with Alaska Airlines professionally, but a pilot in her free time who also has a personal connection to and interest in the Duwamish River, one area of focus on this project so it was a natural match.

I met Linda at her Auburn Airport hangar where she keeps her Piper Super Cub two seater plane, and after a quick safety walk through and explanation about the aircraft, we were up and over Seattle to start filming. In communication with the Boeing Field air traffic controllers, we, One Delta Bravo, broke straight west and out over Vashon Island and Puget Sound, over the West Seattle ferry dock and up the West Seattle coastline, up and around Alki Beach and heading south, down the Duwamish River industrial corridor. This b-roll will help to educate viewers of the video with a unique perspective connecting industrial stormwater pollution with our local waterway, complementing interviews with local pollution prevention advocates, scientists, and experts featured in the piece. Stay tuned, the piece should be finished in the coming weeks.

Rolled up in the back seat of a Piper Super Cub, ready to film from the Emerald City sky

Rolled up in the back seat of a Piper Super Cub, ready to film from the Emerald City sky

Cruising over the West Seattle ferry dock with all of West Seattle and the the Seattle skyline in the distance

Cruising over the West Seattle ferry dock with all of West Seattle and the the Seattle skyline in the distance

Taking in the West Seattle coastline

Taking in the West Seattle coastline

The Duwamish River industrial corridor that leads and dumps  to Elliot Bay

The Duwamish River industrial corridor that leads and dumps to Elliot Bay

99 INTO 1st AVE BRIDGE SEATTLE

Pilot Linda Chism with her Piper Super Cub at Auburn airport

Pilot Linda Chism with her Piper Super Cub at Auburn airport

`Vashon Ferry Dock from the air

`Vashon Ferry Dock from the air

Lincoln Park salt water public swimming pool

Lincoln Park salt water public swimming pool

The West Seattle Coastline from the air

The West Seattle Coastline from the air

Cars loading at the West Seattle ferry dock

Cars loading at the West Seattle ferry dock

Horseshoe Bay?

Horseshoe Bay?

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge after two passes over the Duwamish River we were able to cruise a bit south over Puget Sound before returning to Auburn airport.

After our two passes over the Duwamish River we were able to cruise a bit south over Puget Sound before returning to Auburn airport.

Hangin' in the hangar predeparture.

Hangin’ in the hangar predeparture.

A tug boat cruising across Puget Sound

A tug boat cruising across Puget Sound

Above West Seattle High School athletic fields with Seattle skyline in background.

Above West Seattle High School athletic fields with Seattle skyline in background.

Legitimacy

Legitimacy

West Seattle Lighthouse at Alki Beach Point

West Seattle Lighthouse at Alki Beach Point

West Seattle Lighthouse at Alki Beach Point

West Seattle Lighthouse at Alki Beach Point

A ribbon of interstate highway 5

A ribbon of interstate highway 5

The line where the waters of Elliott Bay meet the larger Puget Sound

The line where the waters of Elliott Bay meet the larger Puget Sound

FERRY ZIPPER 3

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