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Flying High

Flying High
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Copyright: Les Doyle (LesD) (161)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-25
Categories: Transportation
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-28 14:33
Viewed: 1655
Points: 6
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Bray Air Show 2010
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  • Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2010-07-28 15:01]

Helicopters are notoriously difficult things to photograph.
They're really unforgiving.
The rotors are so slow, that to capture the motion you have to really slow the shutter speed, which then increases the risk of camera shake.
They do themselves no favours for fitting in the frame either. The size ratio of rotor to fuselage has a frame full of blades against a comparitively small airframe.

You've managed to combat both problems quite well here, Les.
The tail rotor shows enough blur, and the main rotor tips show motion at the tips.

I think i'd have been tempted to lose most of the rotor however, and concentrate on the role the chopper's displaying.
This would not only move the aircraft off centre, but also lead the eye to concentrate more on the winchman and rescueman.
I've done a quick workshop to show as a comparison.

On the positive side,
The detail, focus and light is good, with an interesting subject.

Look forward to seeing more,

Thanks Les,


Hi Les, I totally argee with martin, uve managed it quite well the POV is nice with sharp colors, mostly to show the prop/blades blur, usually 1/250 shutter speed is used, thats what ive learned from the experts on TL, hope this will help in capturing ur next shot. TFS and waiting to see more.

Good action/military shot. I think that you should have left more room so that the chopper wasn't in the middle of the shot, that way you could use more rule of thirds. Good crisp details; I also would have added saturation to make it pop out more, and a frame.

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