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Michael Bellotti

Minneapolis, MN Fulltime artist, photographer and skydiver. Ground up skydiving photography and other random events. Other IG art acct: minnyappleart

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Trying to narrow your top five skydiving photos, from a whole season of shooting, is much like trying to answer what your favorite song is when asked. This photo though, pulls me in unlike most of the others. Regardless of the fact that it has been edited; lines removed, it has a mysterious quality to it. Mysterious because I cannot place what it is about this photo I like so much.... his white jumpsuit? The fact that he’s like 60 freaking years old? Who knows? I pushed the button at the right moment this time and the settings were on point. . . . . #skydive #skydiver #skydiving #skydivetwincities #blueskiesmag #jointheteem #jumpfam #javelinodyssey #poweredbysunpath #performancedesigns #cookiehelmets #flycookie #cypress2 #freefall #extremsports #parachute #parachutist #adrenaline #dropzone #mnphotographer #canonphotography #canon5dmarkiii #5dmarkiii #canon5dmkiii #600mm #600mmf4 #summerfest2018
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Have you heard about the new movie coming out? . Steel Magtoelias . In this follow up to the popular 1989 film we have skydivers proving the thing that sets us apart from animals is our ability to accessorize. . . . #steelmagnolias #skydive #skydiver #skydiving #skydivetwincities #blueskiesmag #jointheteem #jumpfam #javelinodyssey #poweredbysunpath #performancedesigns #cookiehelmets #flycookie #cypress2 #freefall #extremsports #parachute #parachutist #adrenaline #dropzone #mnphotographer #canonphotography #canon5dmarkiii #5dmarkiii #canon5dmkiii #600mm #600mmf4
Some people don’t mind being captured when they really let loose and skip around the DZ with reckless abandon. This DOES NOT include him! 😠 That face though....😂😂 . . . #skydive #skydiver #skydiving #skydivetwincities #blueskiesmag #jointheteem #jumpfam #javelinodyssey #poweredbysunpath #performancedesigns #cookiehelmets #flycookie #cypress2 #freefall #extremsports #parachute #parachutist #adrenaline #dropzone #mnphotographer #canonphotography #canon5dmarkiii #5dmarkiii #canon5dmkiii #600mm #600mmf4
Not quite sure what he’s reaching for in this picture. Good thing Karl’s accuracy is on point and stopped just a few feet short otherwise someone might’ve got a handful. Hahaha . . . . #skydive #skydiver #skydiving #skydivetwincities #blueskiesmag #jointheteem #jumpfam #javelinodyssey #poweredbysunpath #performancedesigns #cookiehelmets #flycookie #cypress2 #freefall #extremsports #parachute #parachutist #adrenaline #dropzone #mnphotographer #canonphotography #canon5dmarkiii #5dmarkiii #canon5dmkiii #600mm #600mmf4
The bazooka doesn’t work for shooting a lot of things, but right here is one thing it works amazingly for. Reaching way up and catching @crashreed44 at the very beginning of a swoop; diving hard. . . . . #skydive #skydiver #skydiving #skydivetwincities #blueskiesmag #jointheteem #jumpfam #javelinodyssey #poweredbysunpath #performancedesigns #cookiehelmets #flycookie #cypress2 #freefall #canopypiloting swoop #extremsports #parachute #parachutist #adrenaline #dropzone #mnphotographer #canonphotography #canon5dmarkiii #5dmarkiii #canon5dmkiii #600mm #600mmf4
“If I just pretend I don’t see him, he will point his camera a different direction.” . “If I just stare at him, he will point his camera a different direction.” . “If I pretend I’m looking at him but look past him, he will point his camera a different direction.” . “Well hello there Mr. Pee Pee are you ready to Skydive?” . . . #skydive #skydiver #skydiving #skydivetwincities #blueskiesmag #jointheteem #jumpfam #javelinodyssey #poweredbysunpath #performancedesigns #cookiehelmets #flycookie #cypress2 #freefall #extremsports #parachute #parachutist #adrenaline #dropzone #mnphotographer #canonphotography #canon5dmarkiii #5dmarkiii #canon5dmkiii #600mm #600mmf4
A big part of getting shots like this is knowing the system of a DZ. Anticipating events like two canopies crossing paths or a million other occurrences that can make a photo more interesting. A perfect example is this photo. The perspective of the clouds off in the distance looked like they were at an angle and I saw this guy starting to make a right handed pattern as the airplane began its final approach in the background. Anticipating that, the airplanes angle of decent, and the turning canopy were going to align the wings of the airplane and the canopy with the clouds at some point I focused on the canopy and then wait for the airplane to enter the frame. CLICK! Boom! Having a canopy and airplane in the same frame is not a super unique photo but the angled clouds in addition to that definitely is. . . . . #skydive #skydiver #skydiving #skydivetwincities #blueskiesmag #bluesky #jointheteem #jumpfam #javelinodyssey #poweredbysunpath #performancedesigns #cookiehelmets #flycookie #cypress2 #freefall #extremsports #parachute #parachutist #adrenaline #dropzone #mnphotographer #canonphotography #canon5dmarkiii #5dmarkiii #canon5dmkiii #600mm #600mmf4
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