Since my very first helicopter ride in 1979 Vancouver, aerial photography has always intrigued me. I have been on many helicopter photography assignments in Canada and Europe, but the experience was slightly frustrating as it was documentary or news work usually involving tight timelines over disaster areas.

So when earlier this year Talon Helicopters owner Peter Murray called me to say he had just seen some fantastic aerial photography and challenged me to produce something similar I was ready for the challenge. I had seen some of the work produced by Jason Hawkes in the UK and Vincent Laforet in the USA but wanted to do something more artistic in scope.


Nick Didlick and Richard Lam setting up

The city of Vancouver is probably the most photogenic city in the world by day and even more mesmerizing by night. Flying over the city at sunset as the city transitions into the night is a magical experience. I hope you enjoy the photography and video on this site.

Over Vancouver is the collaboration of Peter Murray the President and pilot at Talon Helicopters and Vancouver photographer/videographer Nick Didlick who together have flown together for more years than they care to count. While night aerial videography is commonplace, still photography from a helicopter at night poses a number of technical issues.

Equipment (The devil is in the details):


Helicopter –  Talon Helicopters C-GTLC (also known as a Twinstar) a AS-355F-1 Ecureuil 2 (Twin Engine) flying from 100 feet to 6000 feet during the photo sessions

Nikon Cameras everywhere

CamerasNikon D4s, D750 (video) and D810 with some additional video footage shot on a GoPro

LensesNikkor 16mm f/2.8, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, Nikkor 16-35mm f/4, Nikkor 24mm f/1.4, Nikkor 35mm f1.4, Nikkor 58mm f/1.4, Nikkor 85mm f/1.4, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikkor 300mm f/4

MiscellaneousKenyon Laboratories camera stabilizer

Many thanks to Talon Helicopters, Peter Murray, Pilot Colin Pelton, Richard Lam and AP Hovasse who all helped in the production of this site.

Nick Didlick – info@overvancouver.com