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    Not a bad Helo Pic

    It took me some time to get this pic the way I wanted, still not EXACTLY like I wanted it, but I think it's pretty cool.

    Not a bad Helo Pic

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    ... but I think it's pretty cool.
    So do I. Well done Brian. That is very, very good.

    It could hang alongside Colin's.
    Last edited by Donald; 10th August 2011 at 08:15 AM.

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    Thanks for the compliment Donald.
    If I had known about that other photo, I would have named this thread 'Colinesque II'.

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    They are a challenge. Nice pic.

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    Thanks John. If I could do it again, I might try a slightly slower shutter speed.

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    Wow, a great capture

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    Yes, a great capture...

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    A great capture indeed. You don't mention the shutter speed, which you got spot on - most of my helicopter images have stationary rotor blades The dilemma? - Rotating Blades v Camera Shake.

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    You've got the panning technique off to a fine art - a great shot .

    Chris..you should be ok with 1/160 -1/200sec. and at that you shouldn't get camera shake.

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    The dilemma? - Rotating Blades v Camera Shake.
    You need a lens with IS/VR (just be sure to use panning mode).

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    Looks great - it must have been a hard shot to get right.

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    Thanks everyone for the kind comments!
    Colin, you will be pleased to know this was shot with a neutral density filter
    And yes, it was shot with an IS lens and yes it was set to panning mode!
    Chris - the frozen rotor was what I got with my first attempt, lol, and I didn't like it at all.
    This helicopter was making routine tourist flights for $40 a head, so I was fortunate to have several attempts - and I knew the flight path so I could choose the pier park amusement area as the back drop.
    Anyway, the shutter speed I ended up using was 1/30 at f13.

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    You did well Brian - it's not often an R22 / R44 stays in the air long enough (without crashing) to get a photo!

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    Re: Not a bad Helo Pic

    Wow Colin, I'm glad I saved the $40 for my own ride

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