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Helicopter Photography

mklass

Tacoma, US
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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006
Mon 15-Jul-13 05:34 PM

I'm looking for some guidance from those of you who have experience shooting from a helicopter.

I have an opportunity coming up in a few weeks to shoot some of our company facilities from a helicopter. At this stage, all I know is that it is a 5 seater and I will be in the front passenger seat, with an open window. (There will be a guy shooting pro video from the back.)

Subjects will be dams, reservoirs, power stations, transmission yards, rail yards and office buildings.

I am assuming that the main enemy is vibration (assuming the skies are clear), so I am guessing VR lenses are a must and shooting hand held.

Most shots will be from 800-1,200 ft altitude, with some possibility of occasionally getting lower. Slow circles and fly-bys.

I'm thinking of mainly using the 24-120 f/4 VR and 70-200 f/2.8 VR II. Any reason to go longer (70-300 Tamron SP VC or Sigma 150-500 OS) or wider (14-24 Nikkor)? I'll probably take a fisheye along for fun.

Considering the challenges, does it make more sense to go with detail from a D800e, or use a more "forgiving" D3s? I can back up with the other or a D7100.

So if you done some pro shooting from a helicopter, I'd sure would appreciate some advice.

I'm not getting paid as a pro to do this, it is just one of those "Other Duties As Assigned" in my job description.

Mick
http://www.mickklassphoto.com
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