Herb Lingl is a San Francisco bay area based aerial photographer, cinematographer, and commercial pilot. He travels extensively, creating aerial photography, aerial video and portraits.
Past projects include a night time aerial light pollution photographic survey in Arizona, books of aerial photography with Robert Cameron about Mexico City entitled Above Mexico City and La Ciudad de Mexico desde Arriba and extensive aerial photography and video of San Francisco bay. You can view a selection of aerial photographs of Mexico City created by Herb at Above Mexico City.
Herb created the still air to air photography for the launch of Virgin America Airlines from a Lear 25 and documented the roll out at the Mojave Air and Space Port of Virgin Galactic's White Knight Two, the aircraft used to lift the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft to release altitude. To see a selection of photographs Herb created for the launch of Virgin America, please visit aerial photographs of Virgin America's Airbus A320-214, N628VA.
California Wild, the publication of the California Academy of Sciences and the quarterly magazine Bay Nature have published his abstract aerial studies of the San Francisco bay salt ponds. His work has been licensed extensively both by Aerial Archives and by other agencies.
Aerial motion projects include creating the footage for the animation that was used to market the condominiums in San Francisco's One Rincon Hill tower, documenting a multi-agency emergency terrorist response training excercise in San Francisco Bay which included the participation of Federal, State and municipal agencies, and creating a georeferenced video acquisition of a line of Pacific Gas and Electric powerlines that was integrated with LiDAR data.
Herb is the director of Aerial Archives which licenses current and historical aerial photography and satellite imagery including aerial photography that Herb created. He is the curator of Airport Muse which specializes in creating art exhibits for airport venues.
Herb's still aerial photography has been displayed in numerous exhibits including a solo exhibit at the San Francisco International Airport in the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum in the international terminal.
Herb prefers flying tailwheel aircraft and ferries tailwheel aircraft for clients provided that he can acquire imagery for the Aerial Archives library during the ferry flight.
Among these flights are ferrying a Citabria from Princeton, NJ to Panama City, Panama; a Stearman from the Houston, Texas metro area to northern California and an EAA Biplane from Tulsa, OK to the Philadelphia, PA area.
Herb has been recognized for excellence in aerial photography, and his work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and is in private collections. Recognitions include the Epson Aerial Photographer of the Year award.
Herb began work in photography creating photo impressions from Polaroid SX-70 film. He manipulated the emulsion of the film once it was ejected from the Polaroid camera. The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Booz Allen and Hamilton and several other venues exhibited that work. Polaroid purchased prints for its corporate art collection and the Museum at Checkpoint Charlie purchased for it's collection his photo impression of Checkpoint Charlie at night before the Berlin wall came down.
Herb has conducted numerous workshops and seminars on aerial photography, the business of stock photography, special techniques using Polaroid film and flying older tailwheel aircraft. He organized an event entitled Aerial Visionaries which took place at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and featured presentations by astronauts Story Musgrave and Rusty Schweikart and a number of leading aerial photographers. The event was hosted by the American Society of Media Photographers and the Explorers Club and was sponsored by Eastman Kodak, Hasselblad, Aerial Archives and several other firms. For additional details about the event, please consult Aerial Visionaries.
At the China General Aviation Form at the Beijing Capital International Airport Herb presented An Introduction to Aerial Imaging Business Opportunities. At one of the Kodak Aerial Imaging Training Seminars Herb presented Aerial Infrared Sediment Studies.
Herb has photographed people throughout his time working as a photographer and continues to develop the scope that work. The California State Legislature retained Herb to create portrait photography of legislature members and panoramic portrait photography of the assembled members for the legislature's publications. Herb created portraits during the launch of Virgin America Airlines and during Virgin Galactic's rollout of White Knight Two and has created portraits of people in their working environments for numerous other clients. Herb is currently working on two portrait photography books.