Art Vitarelli: Aerial Still Photography

Eastern Orange County Circa 1978

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The Super Cub Aircraft is unexcelled as a low-level hand-held camera platform. The Cub can safely maintain altitude on half it’s available power allowing for quiet loitering over targets for long periods at a fraction of helicopter rates.

Aerial Photography by: Art Vitarelli:

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Offshore sailboat – Ensanada race circa 1978.

 The Super Cub aircraft is an excellent photo chase aircraft for offshore boating and off road car races. The aircraft can be refueled on “auto gas” and is capable of landing on roads and dirt airstrips. The low noise level is a plus when long standby delays are required.

Photo: 35mm Nikon F 35mm lens 250 feet elevation


Super Cub drops over the rim of the Grand Canyon above Lava Falls.

Art Vitarelli is a former commercial river guide, has led or participated in over 20 Grand Canyon River trips including trips with the National Park Service. Art Vitarelli has produced 3 television documentaries pertaining to the Grand Canyon and is familiar with flight restrictions photo locations and best lighting conditions as well as available Grand Canyon landing strips.

35mm Nikon F11 35mm lens 4500 feet elevation






This air to air to still photo was shot from the front seat of the Super Cub on

 35mm film using a Nikon F with a 25 to 250mm zoom lens.


Friday Harbor, Washington State. 

Art Vitarelli has shot low-level aerial footage from Alaska to Mexico City and from Hawaii to Saudi Arabia in Fixed Wing Aircraft, Helicopters, Ultralights, Balloons, Blimps, and even te!

Photo: 2 1/4 X 3 ¼ RB 67 90mm lens 400 feet elevation




Vertical and beyond: Vertical shots are possible from the rear seat of the Cub without interfering landing gear, struts or helicopter skids.


Photo: 35 mm Nikon F8 50mm lens 1000 feet elevation


Rock and Sand Sizing Machine

This rock and sand sizing machine was shot from 500 feet using a hand held 2¼ Mamiya camera from the rear seat of the Super Cub.

Twenty five percent of the negative was used for this blow-up.

The tandem seating and fold down door of the aircraft allow simultaneous still photography from the front and rear seats.