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August 11, 2014 - 7 went

Weekly Nikon Shooter Showcase

Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 at 300 mm, Shutter priority, 1/30 sec, f/40, ISO 100

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Added by Jim L
on Aug 11, 2014.
 

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  • Jim L

    This Coast Guard helicopter was a long way off, so this photo is an extreme crop, but my primary goal was to blur the blades to show motion.

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  • Frank B.

    It appears to have worked just fine Jim.

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  • Terry P.

    Next time take 2 shots one with high speed for sharp focus. Then layer the clear one on the top.

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  • Jim L

    Thanks Frank. After I posted this, I googled helicopter, expecting to see some awesome photos of the blades, but almost all simply froze them. The only one I thought was better than mine, was one from above, looking down on the spinning blades.

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  • Jim L

    Thanks Terry. I think you've got the best solution. I'll let you know when I come up with the two matching photos. I seldom have an opportunity to shoot helicopters and small planes in flight.

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  • Beth L.

    You did it! It took me a bit to learn not to stop props when I photographed planes. I image helicopters have a much faster spin on the prop than the average private pilot's plane.

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  • Jim L

    Thanks Beth. The blades on a US Coast Guard helicopter turn at less than half the speed of the propellers on their planes. A few weeks ago, Jeff told me to use 1/250th sec shutter speed for a small plane, but the only thing I saw that week was a helicopter, so tried 1/125th and it only partially blurred the blades. Jeff saw my photo on Facebook, did the math and told me to try 1/30th - 1/15th with a helicopter. I had help from other friends too. I took this photo on a Kapok Park walk and a couple others on the walk let me know whenever they spotted a plane or helicopter in the distance. Now I'm looking forward to using the Elements skills Jeff and Jack are teaching us to try what Terry suggested. It's a community project, but I think I'm having the most fun.

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  • Mike P.

    Jim, maybe a photo walk to St. Pete/Clearwater to catch the choppers and c130's.

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  • Jim L

    Mike, about two years ago, we had a Welcome Home meetup at PIE for the WWII Vets and while I was there I asked about airplane photos and they said there was no place at the airport to watch the planes. They take off and land over water. I also called the Coast Guard and they do tours of the ground facility on Tuesday mornings. This was taken at Kapok Park which is a few miles North of the main runway. I also photographed a 130 that day. They often come in to land over Sawgrass Lake Park, but I've never got a good shot because of the trees.

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  • Gail

    Wasnt someone from the group supposed to set up a trip to the Coast Guard station??

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