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Old Jan 2, 2010, 9:20 PM   #1
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Just down the road from our radio controlled flying club is a film production company who use helicopters (real and radio controlled). The also take passengers for helicopter trips and one of our club members went for a flight today so they took a quick fly over our field. After this they then shot through the valley giving me a chance to get off some shots of a heli doing more interesting things than normal.... well flying low and fast which isn't commonly seen, especially for it to be lower than where we were standing. Shot with a Canon 7D and Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 with 1.4x TC. Lighting was horrible for all bar the first photo as the sun was very low and behind the heli but I'm still happy with the results. Even at 1/200s the rotors are still not showing as much movement as I would like but no way was I shooting at 420mm on an APS-C body any slower than that without a monopod for a bit of assistance.
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Old Jan 2, 2010, 9:23 PM   #2
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those are definitely angles not usually seen of a helicopter. i really like the last shot. good sense of motion and the heat trail is nice touch.

i actually had the opportunity to fly a helicopter once when i was 15. a friend of my father came to our farm to duck hunt and took us for a ride, and let me take over for a while. it was definitely quite an experience.
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1st and last are amazing. Nice captures
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I particularly like the last shot.
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Great shots. But the second one looks like a toy.
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Oh man I thought the first one was a real helicopter! Nice
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Old Jan 3, 2010, 9:17 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone

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Oh man I thought the first one was a real helicopter! Nice
This is a real helicopter
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