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Up Close and Personal

The other day Nev from Australia posted a pic of a helicopter and half apologized for doing so.  He captured it like a toy in the sky.  Then Johhny from the UK posted his 'copter pics.  They reminded me of a 'copter pic I took when we were on a cruise last summer somewhere in the Baltic Sea. 

After a lot of commotion, it became clear there was a medical emergency that had to be transported off the ship to nearby Copenhagen, I believe.  It's the only time in my life I ever expect to be at eye level with a 'copter still in flight, descending onto the pad, while I stood on one of the upper decks. 

Let me tell you, it was pretty darn-tootin' exciting!



Up Close and Personal

The other day Nev from Australia posted a pic of a helicopter and half apologized for doing so.  He captured it like a toy in the sky.  Then Johhny from the UK posted his 'copter pics.  They reminded me of a 'copter pic I took when we were on a cruise last summer somewhere in the Baltic Sea. 

After a lot of commotion, it became clear there was a medical emergency that had to be transported off the ship to nearby Copenhagen, I believe.  It's the only time in my life I ever expect to be at eye level with a 'copter still in flight, descending onto the pad, while I stood on one of the upper decks. 

Let me tell you, it was pretty darn-tootin' exciting!



comments (15)

Your right sweet one the copter is flying the colours of Denmark so yes it would be heading for Copenhagen. Very nice capture Ginnie, very clear and the wheels have rotated up, well done.
Ginnie Hart: Whew! So glad I got the country/city right, Johnny. smile We don't want to be wrong about such things. And thanks for your comment, of course. You and Neal, appropriately, were the first two. smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 10 Feb 2007, 03:22
great shot ginnie. i love the perpective here and the fact that the pilot is almost posing for you is even better. great chopper shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Neal. Now that you and Johnny have commented, I can go about my business. smile
Yeah, the pilot does look like he's reacting to something that's happening around you, Ginnie...what on earth were you doing to attract his attention? You made the same mistake though with the rotor blades....lol. I know you are more of a snapper than anything else, so this criticism won't worry you at all, life's too short eh?
Ginnie Hart: The "same mistake," I'm guessing, is not including enough/all of the rotor blades. Actually, Psychodudu, I DID capture them in other pics but I didn't like the rest of the shot as well. HA. Maybe I'll pop up another shot later (as I am doing in a couple of days with another jelly fish).

No, the criticism doesn't bother me (it's right-on, of course) because I was excited enough that I got what I got! smile Truth be known, my batteries ran out and I had to run to my cabin to get the second set (I think I still had them in the charger) before the 'copter totally flew away. One of those true "bad camera" moments! sad
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 10 Feb 2007, 12:43
I can almost hear it. So much power, I can feel it! Cool shot!
Ginnie Hart: Aww. Thanks, Ruth. As I recall, it was deafening! And there was a point in time when they were making all the people (us!) move away from certain spots because the pilot wouldn't land the plane. I had visions of heads getting chopped off. UGH! But not mine, of course. smile
Excellent! Very powerful! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Julischka. smile
  • La Manola
  • Miami, FL
  • 10 Feb 2007, 17:03
I love it, Ginnie! It makes me want to jump and try to reach it! smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. How sweet. Thanks, La Manola!
  • chris p
  • the wintery Isle of Wight
  • 10 Feb 2007, 17:31
Nice catch Ginnie, well done smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chris.
wow! tu étais particulièrement proche!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, O-P, I was very close. So it was very loud!! smile
This shot is very impressive ! Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Zeb. smile
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 10 Feb 2007, 19:40
I think what Andrew is getting at, is that in order to convey motion, the blades need to be blurred by slowing down the shutter speed; only a guess though, but if correct, then I would agree that is what you should have done. However, as you say, you did not have too much time to worry about shutter speed and f/stops. Anyway, it is very well photographed Gramm Ginn. Warmest wishes, Neil. -x-
Ginnie Hart: UGH! When I take pics like this, I'm not having a clue about what it will end up looking like, blur or not. Maybe one day I'll figure that all out! You can have hope for me, Neil. smile
  • Ellie
  • 10 Feb 2007, 22:32
Cor, what a shot!

I don't 'get' this rotor blade thing, if you slow down the shutter speed then the whole thing's going to be blurry because it's all moving. I'd be pretty chuffed if I'd taken this one, and I know darned well it isn't hanging from a great big hook in the sky .. or is it Ginnie? Is that why we can't see the tail end? tongue
Ginnie Hart: HA! This 'copter didn't have a tail, as you can plainly see, Ellie. smile But you're right, I could have included it it so you would have seen the hook! :O
I feel like the pilot is saying: "Sh1t, my head will be cut on the photo; if I could only duck a little.. mhmmmh... darned..." smile
The chopper itself has a face: lumpy nose and a pouty mouth.
Good close up, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Samira. You're right. The 'copter does indeed have it's own face. smile
  • jelb
  • France
  • 10 Feb 2007, 23:33
Bonsoir,
Well done shot ! You know also Copenhagen!..Other beautiful photos!..smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Jelb. I was in Copenhagen for one day and loved it!!!
  • Louis
  • 10 Feb 2007, 23:51
Good enough for me, so roll on the jelly fish.
Jelly fish
Star fish
cray fish
Neither is a fish. So with this fishy story i'll be going for my beauty sleep - which is really fishy.
Ginnie Hart: HaHaHa! Louis, you take the cake!
Nice work! I know what you mean about it being exciting to watch then thing descent practically on top of you! They are crazy contraptions.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Martin. It really was exciting. smile

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