Dr. George Vosgerichian has always been passionate about the Cape and photography. He has been coming to the Cape since he was a child. Before the mainstay of digital cameras, he learned photography on his Dad's rangefinder camera. As a teenager, he started making his own cameras, culminating in a 6x17 panoramic film camera. In recent years, his passion for aerial photography inspired him to photograph the entire coastline over Cape Cod & the Islands. He has received tremendous feedback for his aerial photography. His photos have appeared in magazines and several social media platforms. He was featured in the August, 2019 issue of Cape Cod Life Magazine, "The Sea From Sand & Sky," a 6 page article showcasing his aerial and landscape photography.
He graduated Boston University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. In 1995, he received his D.M.D. from Tufts University of Dental Medicine, where he served on the faculty of Restorative Dentistry for 7 years. He has been practicing dentistry in Arlington, Massachusetts, for 24 years. A member of several professional organizations, he is also involved with humanitarian trips abroad in educating dentists and treating people in underserved areas. Among his several distinctions, he was recently awarded "Top Dentists" by Boston Magazine. Alongside his passion for aerial and landscape photography, he enjoys playing classical piano and composing music.
THE AERIAL PERSPECTIVE
Aerial photography offers a unique perspective to covering vast expanses. Unlike on ground, in aerial photography, a particular scene can be viewed from so many directions, distances, and heights, rendering a multidimensional perspective. The bird's-eye view best reveals the distinctive features found on the Cape & Islands - Forests, charming towns, marshlands, waterways, and sandy beaches, all blend seamlessly on a canvas of stunning detail. Aerial scenes have a sense of completeness and a greater dimensionality with its surroundings. Unlike traditional photography, the aerial view unveils much of the Cape's natural beauty hidden underwater which cannot be seen from land. Abounding with diversity of marine life, coastal shallows outline abstract shapes of color and texture which look radically different from the realism found on land. These aerials expose the fragile balance between land, water, and the effect of ever-shifting sands of time and current. Aerial photography reveals the geological features that make the Cape & Islands so charming and ethereal to all who visit. Over Cape Cod is an ongoing project that is in its 5th year. The site showcases only a fraction of the 4,000+ aerials I've taken. Visit the site often as new photos are constantly being uploaded to the gallery for print.
DRONE VS. PLANE
All my aerial photos are taken from a Cessna airplane. No drones have been used as their 400 ft. height restriction and no fly zones limit their ability to photograph many sites on the Cape & Islands. This includes proximity to airports such as Hyannis, or state parks and federal lands, such as the National Seashore and Monomoy. Drones can be useful for smaller venues in select areas. However, photographing from a plane or helicopter offers a professional solution for greater range, altitude, access, flight time, coverage, and the ability to reach remote areas such as Muskeget Island or Nomans Land. This results in a greater creative potential and perspective than drones. Planes and helicopters enable the photographer to carry several high resolution cameras and lenses to create wide vistas, or to zoom in on smaller subjects like lighthouse. Over the course of 5 years, I've been able to photograph the entire Cape & Islands several times - a rewarding opportunity to admire and photograph its beauty.
Having taken numerous flights over the years, I have captured familiar places from several angles and heights in their relation to their surroundings. Oftentimes, a familiar town or beach lends itself to abstract shapes of marsh, sand, and water as one pans across an image. Besides composition, there are several atmospheric and physical factors which ultimately affect the quality of an aerial photograph. In an airplane, these include haze, wind, speed, vibration, altitude, inclination, distance, sun, clouds, time of day, thermals, and the jet stream. One of the greatest challenges in aerial photography is overcoming haze at higher altitudes. Haze is comprised of moisture and dust, and the Cape is engulfed in it. It affects sharpness, clarity, saturation, and contrast of the image. Gear combinations include the Nikon Z7 + 24-70 f2.8 S lens, Nikon D810 + 70-200 f4 G lens, Canon 5D + 24-105 f4L lens, Fuji X-T3 + 10-24 f4 + 55-200 f3.5-4.8 lenses. I strive to ensure the highest image quality and resolution in every shot. Above all, a good technique is essential to achieve a natural, rich, sharp, and clear look to each print.
Creating this site has been a labor of love. A gift to posterity, a portion of the proceeds from this site go toward the preservation of lighthouses on the Cape.
All photographs featured on this site are taken and licensed by me. Looking for specific location? Let me know. Feel free to leave any comments, suggestions, or questions on the Contact Page. Thank you for visiting OverCapeCod.com.
George Vosgerichian, D.M.D.