Usually shooting aerial imagery with his feet planted on the ground, Tobias Hägg (Airpixels) traded in his drone for a helicopter ride over Stockholm to get a change of perspective. Capturing the cityscape of the Swedish capital during golden hour with the X1D II 50C without testing it out much beforehand, Tobias aimed to see just what the medium format camera could do in the air. Shooting on both the XCD 30 and XCD 90 lenses, Tobias’ imagery takes us on a journey from above, between Swedish homes and golden-topped trees neatly woven together in combination with wide expanses of the city stretching all the way to the horizon.
The aerial point of view has pretty much always been with me. I dreamt of shooting Hollywood productions from the sky. I dreamt of seeing the world from another perspective.
With a front row seat to a dreamy view above Stockholm, Tobias experienced the miniature multi-coloured buildings and winding waterways of the city through the large display on the X1D II, feeling the images as he shot them. “I looked into the big Hasselblad screen and got blown away by the colours of the scene,” says Tobias. While flying hundreds of meters above ground, Tobias’ creative process took a different turn from the usual, as shooting images from above versus his usual stance on the ground means things go much faster; therefore, you always need to be ready when the right scene appears before you.
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I really felt the X1D II as soon as I took the first image with it. It just felt right you know! The X1D II just felt faster and stronger and spoke to me more in my hand.
ABOUT TOBIAS HÄGG
Swedish photographer Tobias Hägg wanted to try everything creative when growing up – video, graphic design, writing, visual effects – except, oddly enough, photography. But once he finally tried his hand at the medium, he couldn’t put the camera down. Known for his lush aerial landscape/nature images that inspire an intense sense of wanderlust, Tobias travels to all ends of the earth to capture these ethereal scenes. See more of his work here: @airpixels or on his website.
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