Hanging Out of the Chopper

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    Here is another photo that I took that evening when I was flying in a helicopter around downtown Chicago. The pilots were cool enough to take off the door to give me an unencumbered view. That part was great -- the thing I did not expect was the 200 MPH backwash flying through the cavity. It made it rather tough to keep the camera steady!

    BTW, I am getting a few questions for my HDR TUTORIAL so there is the link.

    This is a shot (on Facebook) that Fiona got of me hanging out of the helicopter (albeit on the ground!).

    Now, I know some of you EXIF-hunters love to know all the dirty details of the exposure. I keep it inside the Flickr page if you click on More Properties. But to save you the time, here is the basic info. BTW, this is a single-exposure RAW file that I converted into an HDR. This was shot at f/2.8 with an Exposure Bias of -5. The shutter was 1/8000, the ISO 800, and it was shot at 18mm. The camera was the Nikon D3X and it was shot with the 14-24mm 2.8 lens. I have details of all that stuff over there in the DSLR Camera equipment area.

    From the blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

    Lord V.™, Λ™, teflonjedi, and 284 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. make//something\\up 69 months ago | reply

      ohhhhh yes SWEET HOME CHICAGO and never so beautifully captured!

      but how? HOW such beautiful HDR from a MOVING helicopter???
      edit: never mind... single exposure... of course.

      you are a mad genius.

    2. Justin Smith - Photography 69 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning shot. Another masterpiece!

    3. jharrah87 69 months ago | reply

      This is a phenomenal photograph. instant wallpaper. I love it! My family visited Chicago this April, and I would have loved to have the opportunity to take a photo like this. Amazing!

    4. doraclay1 69 months ago | reply

      Stunning photo. I find HDR fascinating, but haven't tried it.

    5. desertstorm1929 69 months ago | reply

      My kind of town!

    6. Proleshi 69 months ago | reply

      Man I love this one so much. The large size is stunning. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

      --
      Seen in your Top 100 - Your Superset of Faves! set. (?)

    7. Hanoverian 68 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Mix PICTURE FOR EVERYONE, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Great



      www.flickr.com/groups/mix_picture_for_everyone/

    8. diskgroove 68 months ago | reply

      I'd say that our military would have you teaching sniper classes, after you performed a few missions, of course..

      To my way of thinking that shot is just amazing, congratulations on such a nice shot!

    9. TMatMBS [deleted] 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Transforming Management, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      TM is the online journal of Manchester Business School in the UK and we'd really like to use this fab image in an upcoming blog about a conference in Chicago...

      tm.mbs.ac.uk

      Thanks,

      -paul.

    10. valt-su 65 months ago | reply

      Stunning... NICE cityscape!

      I hope one day I could take pictures like that!

    11. DicerTMLS 64 months ago | reply

      Beautiful..
      Flawless...
      Sunsets are to die for..

    12. ArielF MdP 60 months ago | reply

      Very nice capture!
      Greetings

    13. José Eduardo Andrada / Photo Company Studio [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ***The House of Image Gallery, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Wonderful Work!


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      ***Be a member. Have fun!***

    14. gixxerman1980 60 months ago | reply

      This is a stunning image! It's the kind that makes me scratch my head wondering how it was possible with a single image. Trey, it would be wonderful to see the original RAW file to get a before and after comparison. I am impatiently waiting for your DVD, and being from Houston I REALLY want to catch your workshop!

    15. hombre-esmokin! 59 months ago | reply

      awesome! chicago rocks

    16. Photopoética - 1.200.000 de visualiz. 47 months ago | reply

      Fotografia Magnífica !!
      This is a beautiful image!
      Congratulations!

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    17. (Tony) Phillips 47 months ago | reply

      Great composition and perspective.

      Fotografia Magnífica !!
      This is a beautiful image!
      Congratulations!

      ***The House of Image Gallery"
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    18. silwittmann 47 months ago | reply

      Fotografia Magnífica !!
      This is a beautiful image!
      Congratulations!

      ***The House of Image Gallery"
      Remember to comment on 4

      If you have gotten 4 + awards,
      please post in THIS THREAD

    19. WorldOfBenjamin 39 months ago | reply

      Helicopter tour of chicago?

    20. Officer Phil 34 months ago | reply

      I am a TV reporter in San Diego, working out of a helicopter. I just love those overhead views.

      I have modified this photo into a "virtual reality" format. You can find it on this page:

      verybigphotos.com/indexUS1.html

      Phil

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