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Old Mar 9, 2010, 4:12 PM   #1
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Default Helicopter second try.

Here are couple of shots I tried this afternoon during lunch. I went with M for the first copper at F22 and 1/60 shutter speed, and AV mode with the second at F40. This time I went with the EF 70-300mm IS USM instead that has a much smaller aperture, letting me get 1/40 and 1/30 shutter speeds.

All shots where at 200iso. I was able to the the rotor blur I was looking for with the much slower aperture and slow iso. I should have tried 100iso. Maybe next time.
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I was home and looking out my window and saw the new nypd helicopter, and was able to grab couple of snaps.
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Shorturtle: Thanks for posting these...aircraft and trains really thrill me and I never tire of looking at images of both. You've captured rotor motion well.

It looks to me like you are shooting into the sun on several of these (based on the shadows on the front of the choppers). Do you have access to an alternate location or can you try at a different time of day when you could have the sun on them?

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Yes Jelpee, I was facing south always sunny. I will have a north view after they finish fixing the pair. Right now there is a chain link fence in my way. I will see if I can get some north facing shoots the next time and use a cpl to make the sky more blue.
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Okay, here is a couple taken with the EPL-1, I really need a long zoom for this camera.
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That's one busy heliport there...I'd love to spend a day hanging out with my camera! Yes, a tele would have given you some nice close ups...you should walk over to B&H or Adorama and pick your self up one
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Jelpee,

I will be getting the panny 45-200mm by the end of the month. It really needs one. The camera is a present for my wife to replace her point and shoot. I was just testing it out to see how everything is working.

But want to hear a crazy thing. There is 3 heliports in manhattan below 34th street. And they are all pretty busy. This one just happen to have 2 tour operators, and allot of charter service to the airports. Fastest way to jfk or ewr form manhattan 15 min, 200 dollars.
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Wait till it gets warmer and the president comes to town, they park marine 1 there sometime with it's escorts choppers.
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A nice sharp image. My only suggestion would be to use a slower shutter speed in order to capture more of the rotation of the rotors.
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