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Hanging Out of the Chopper

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.


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Taken on March 14, 2009