Feature Friday: @beholdingeye

We recently sat down with Paul Seibert, one of our FlyNYON photo contributors
(@beholdingeye on Instagram) to talk with him about his passion for photography and what it’s like being a FlyNYON contributor.

A little bit about Paul: He was born in Mt. Kisco, NY and now lives in Closter, NJ with his wife Leiani.

Paul has always been into the arts. His first love was music, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz performance. His love for photography was rekindled years ago through traveling, thus transitioning into the talented photographer and Instagram star he is today.

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Q: How long have you been taking photos/ what got you into photography?

I have been taking photos for 7-8 years. My interest was rekindled when my wife and I traveled to the Santa Fe area for a wedding. Armed with my little point and shoot camera, I was hooked.

Q: What do you do for a living?

I am a photographer. I have my own company, Paul Seibert Photography. I cover anything from lifestyle family shoots, weddings, commercial businesses, and aerial photography.

Q: How many times have you been up in a helicopter?

I’ve been up eight or nine times now.

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Q: What is your most memorable FlyNYON Flight?

Man…that’s tough. I did an air to air flight where we were being documented for Heliops Magazine. On that flight, I met some other contributors that day who I greatly admire. BUT, my first night flight was so amazing, I guess I’d have to choose that.

Q: If you could do a photo flight over any city in the world, where would it be and why?

I’m really fascinated with San Francisco. The architecture, the topography, and of course, the fog.

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Q: What programs do you use to edit your photos?

I use a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop

 Q: What do you shoot with when you go up?

I usually take two bodies and lenses. The Canon 5D Mark III, and the first generation 5D. I usually use a Canon 16-35mm and the 70-200mm lenses. I LOVE detail shots, but I also really enjoy the epic nature of a wide angle view of our beautiful city.

 Q: What’s your favorite building to see from the air?

I really love the Chrysler Building. There are so many things to photograph on that building, I get something different every time I fly.

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Q: Who are some of your favorite Instagrammers / photographers?

@greg.rox.photography, @dalton922, @dario.nyc, @bbsinghphotos, @gmathewsva, @chief770, @papakila, @gemini_digitized, @roon, @mjinnyc, @mc_gutty, and @thewilliamanderson. Honestly, I could go on for days. The amount of talent that I admire, and draw from on a daily basis, is what fuels and inspires me to be the best I can be.

Thanks for sitting down with us Paul! 

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