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Chopper Overhead
Chopper Overhead

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Challenge: Silhouettes II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Pentax 80-200mm F/4.7-5.6 AF
Location: Japan
Date: May 13, 2005
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1500
Galleries: Sky, Transportation
Date Uploaded: May 13, 2005

The second helicopter I shot this week. It flew overhead while we were having a fire/earthquake drill at school. It was a cloudy day, but didn't quite rain.

Cropped, autolevel, desaturated, USM.

Place: 172 out of 248
Avg (all users): 4.9268
Avg (commenters): 4.6667
Avg (participants): 4.7107
Avg (non-participants): 5.1360
Views since voting: 1166
Views during voting: 324
Votes: 246
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2005 09:49:24 AM
Concept: Snapshot - Hey I hear a chopper overhead.
Composition: Decent, not centered.
Subject: At its size, not interesting.
Technical: Caught some detail on the chopper, can be tough against overcast backgrounds.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/20/2005 03:01:52 PM
This is a great picture. I think two things would make it even better. 1. Slower shutter speed, to get some blade rotation. (I don't know exactly how that would look. The blades may disappear completely). 2. Larger helicopter. Maybe 100% larger. Just some thoughts.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/19/2005 11:37:00 PM
I realize that you probably didn't have time to try alternative executions of this shot, but I'd be interested in seeing this with a slower shutter speed (just slow enough to blur the rotors and not introduce any strong motion blur due to it's direction of travel).
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/19/2005 08:48:30 AM
This isn't a silhouette, it's an under exposed photograph.
05/18/2005 11:23:54 PM
A very nice capture with high shutter speed. Bumping up.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/18/2005 02:05:02 PM
I think this may have been better in color, because it's just not doing much for me (IMHO). Yes, it's a silhouette, but it doesn't seem to have a focal point of action, interest, etc. (unless you're really into choppers - and I'm sorry, but I'm not). It's cool that you were able to capture the propellers at a standstill - must have been a very fast shutter speed - and I think the sky loses a lot by being in b/w. I'm sure I would have scored it much higher if it was in color. (3)
05/17/2005 12:25:54 PM
reminds me of a flag with an abstract star shaped symbol - wonderful
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/16/2005 07:09:41 AM
compositionally, I might have cropped slightly more and moved the chopper closer to a third line. good capture, but not interesting enough by itself in a strong field.
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05/16/2005 01:08:29 AM
great shot.

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