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A PROFESSIONAL aerial photographer has captured photographs of works commencing near Knutsford on the HS2 spur to Manchester.
Knutsford-based Chris Billington, of 360photosurvey.com, got the shots while on his regular aerial photoshoot flight operation at 1,500 feet, photographing the latest stage of the M56 Smart Motorway for Highways England from Lymm Roundabout to Manchester Airport.
The aerial photos show ground investigation rigs and preparations.
360photosurvey.com is a small professional photography business, covering some of the major projects around the UK including projects in Cheshire.
These include the M6 junction 19 improvements, the Congleton link road, Poynton bypass and Manchester Airport terminal expansion works.
Chris said: “I am a professional aerial photographer. When people hear that, they always think I fly drones, but I fly in an aircraft.
“We have to have special permission which you can’t get with drones because you can’t fly them over a live motorway.”
Chris uses an incredibly powerful camera to capture images from angles never seen before and spends around seven hours once a month travelling up and down the country capturing aerial shots of construction projects for his clients.
Speaking about how he got into aerial photography, Chris explained: “I’ve always taken pictures of construction projects and people got to see the photos I was taking and it gradually took over.
“Initially I had a drone but then was invited to go up in an aeroplane and found it really brilliant.”
Chris uses a full size high-wing aircraft and pro Nikon DSLR cameras with powerful lenses to get his clients’ shots, and is able to fly in locations and at heights not permitted to drones.
One of Chris’ recent photographs includes a Russian submarine moored in UK waters – a Soviet Foxtrot class submarine, taken while passing over the River Medway.
For more information, head online to the website 360photosurvey.com.
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