Aerial Photography: MLB All-Star Game

Editor’s Note:  A high school friend of mine is photographer Doug Knutson. When not completing assignments for advertising and corporate clients, he’s found time  to complete photography portraits of 22 Nobel Peace Laureates including:  Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Jimmy Carter and The Dalai Lama. When I heard that he helped support the aerial photography for the All-Star game at Target Field, I asked if he could share his story. Thankfully, Doug found the time.  Here’s his story.

Aerial Photography: MLB All-Star Game

By Doug Knutson

One of the best things about being a freelance photographer is the flexible schedule and variety of assignments that allows a person to get a lot of rare and unique experiences.

A recent project had me up in a helicopter for the Major League Baseball All Star Game in Minneapolis!

I am primarily a people photographer with a collection of portraits of Nobel Peace Laureates – www.NobelPeacePortraits.com.  A friend is an excellent architectural photographer known for his pictures of the Gophers football stadium and the Twins baseball stadium.  He asked if I would like to be his “Digital Tech” for aerial photography of the All Star game.  I quickly agreed and seized the opportunity!

We ended up in the sky on Sunday photographing The Color Run (a 5k race), Monday for rehearsal of the fly over by the Thunderbirds, and Tuesday for the game.

It was an exhilarating experience to fly near the downtown buildings with the helicopter doors removed and to hover over the stadium watching the pregame ceremony, the Thunderbirds, and the action of the game! Here are a few of my photos from that project.

The Color Run
The Color Run

 

Thunderbirds Test Drive
Thunderbirds’ Test Drive the day before the big game

 

The view from inside
The view from inside the helicopter

 

Target Field
Target Field

 

Aerial Photography: MLB All-Star Game
Aerial Photography: MLB All-Star Game

 

Target Field on game night
Target Field on game night

 

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