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Aerial Photographer Herb Lingl

Herb Lingl is a San Francisco bay area based aerial photographer and commercial pilot.

©,  aerial photograph fog moving over the Marin Headlands toward San Francisco, AHLE0192

Past projects include a night time aerial light pollution photographic survey in Arizona, night time aerial photography for the City of Palo Alto's Centential Celebration for which he triggered 30,000 watts of strobe lights his team positioned on the ground, books of aerial photography with Robert Cameron about Mexico City entitled Above Mexico City and La Ciudad de Mexico desde Arriba and extensive aerial photography and video of San Francisco bay and other portions of California, New York, Florida and Central America.

©,  aerial photograph Virgin America Airlines, AHLB3842 ©,  aerial photograph Virgin America Airlines, AHLB3842

Herb created the still air to air photography for the launch of Virgin America Airlines from a Lear 25 aircraft and documented the roll out at the Mojave Air and Space Port of Virgin Galactic's White Knight Two, the aircraft used to lift the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft to release altitude. To see a selection of photographs Herb created for the launch of Virgin America, please visit aerial photographs of Virgin America US launch.

©,  aerial photograph California Wild cover, San Francisco salt pond, AHLB2958 ©,  aerial photograph Bay Nature cover, San Francisco salt pond

California Wild, the publication of the California Academy of Sciences and the quarterly magazine Bay Nature have published his aerial studies of the San Francisco bay salt ponds. For additional information, please visit aerial photography for magazines. His work has been licensed extensively by Aerial Archives and other agencies.

©,  aerial photograph Sacramento delta infrared, AHLB2300 ©, Aerial Visionaries, Herb Lingl, Rusty Schweickart, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Herb has conducted numerous workshops and seminars on aerial photography, the business of stock photography, special techniques using Polaroid film and flying older tailwheel aircraft. He organized an event entitled Aerial Visionaries which took place at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and featured presentations by astronauts Story Musgrave and Rusty Schweikart and a number of leading aerial photographers. The event was hosted by the American Society of Media Photographers and the Explorers Club and was sponsored by Eastman Kodak, Hasselblad, Aerial Archives and several other firms. For additional details about the event, please consult Aerial Visionaries.

At the China General Aviation Forum at the Beijing Capital International Airport Herb presented An Introduction to Aerial Imaging Business Opportunities. At one of the Kodak Aerial Imaging Training Seminars in Rochester, New York, Herb presented Aerial Infrared Sediment Studies.

Numerous venues have displayed Herb's still aerial photography, including the San Francisco International Airport in the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum in the international terminal which displayed his Aerial Aesthetics exhibit.

Herb has been recognized for excellence in aerial photography, and his work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and is in private collections. Recognitions include the Epson Aerial Photographer of the Year award.

Aerial motion projects include creating the footage for the animation that was used to market the condominiums in San Francisco's One Rincon Hill tower, documenting a multi-agency emergency terrorist response training excercise in San Francisco Bay which included the participation of Federal, State and municipal agencies, and creating a georeferenced video acquisition of a line of Pacific Gas and Electric powerlines that was integrated with LiDAR data.

Herb prefers flying tailwheel aircraft and ferries aircraft for clients provided that he can acquire imagery during the ferry flight.

©,  aerial photograph from the Stearman through flying wires ©, map of Herb Lingl ferry flight Princeton to Panama, AHLB3860

Among these flights are ferrying a Citabria from Princeton, NJ to Panama City, Panama; a Stearman from the Houston, Texas metro area to northern California and an EAA Biplane from Tulsa, OK to the Philadelphia, PA area. For additional information about Herb's aircraft ferrying services, please visit Tailwheel Aircraft Ferry Pilots.

Herb is the director of Aerial Archives which licenses current and historical aerial photography and satellite imagery including aerial photography that Herb created. He is the curator of Airport Muse which specializes in creating art exhibits for airport venues and the director of Tailwheel Aircraft Ferry Pilots.

Herb began work in photography creating photo impressions from Polaroid SX-70 film. He manipulated the emulsion of the film once it was ejected from the Polaroid camera. The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Booz Allen and Hamilton and several other venues exhibited that work. Polaroid purchased prints for its corporate art collection and the Museum at Checkpoint Charlie purchased for its collection his photo impression of Checkpoint Charlie at night before the Berlin wall came down.

Herb has photographed people throughout his time working as a photographer and continues to develop the scope that work. The California State Legislature retained Herb to create portrait photography of legislature members and panoramic portrait photography of the assembled members for the legislature's publications. Herb created portraits during the launch of Virgin America Airlines and during Virgin Galactic's rollout of White Knight Two and has created portraits of people in their working environments for numerous other clients.

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