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By cymru2019
Shot taken from my back garden last Saturday afternoon. I had the ease from sitting in a garden chair with camera in hand as the helicopter flew overhead. I later found out that the police helicopter was scrambled to support armed response units called to a travellers camp about two miles away from us. As a retired police officer I can say that travellers by and large do not like the police on their territory but you do not argue with armed officers.

Tags: Police General Helicopter

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18 May 2020 9:59PM
Excellent capture David,
18 May 2020 10:05PM
Thanks kindly Fred! David
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
18 May 2020 11:26PM
They look the most unwieldy of aircraft and it is a wonder they fly, but have become the real work horses of emergency services. You captured it well against the blue sky. It must be nice to take photographs from sitting in your chair, David!
18 May 2020 11:29PM
Thanks Ian. David
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
18 May 2020 11:58PM
Well captured image.
Super image
19 May 2020 2:46AM
Thankyou Sandy and Carole. David
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
19 May 2020 10:17AM
Higher ISO and a significantly higher shutter speed would have made this significantly sharper: but I'm aware that it was a grab shot...
19 May 2020 11:03AM
John. Decision made between sharp shot and blurred motion of rotor blades which gives the shot movement. Blurred blades won. Shooting this helicopter circling at slow speed presented a tougher challenge than shooting a military jet at 400 knots. David
capto Plus
9 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
19 May 2020 6:56PM
It always amazes me how those things manage to fly.Smile
19 May 2020 7:07PM
You are quite right there Ivof!
19 May 2020 10:11PM
Lovely capture David..Lin
19 May 2020 10:52PM
Thanks Lin! David
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
19 May 2020 11:33PM
great shot
20 May 2020 2:27AM
And fortunately you had a long lens with your camera.

20 May 2020 8:33AM
Thanks Steve and Peter! David
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
21 May 2020 7:22PM
OK - I understand the decision. For many purposes, though, the lack of sharpness in the helicopter body would be unacceptable, I suspect.

But if you never try, you certainly don't succeed.
21 May 2020 7:27PM
Thanks John! David
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
23 May 2020 11:37AM
You did well for the grab shot David
always difficult in moment.. do on the setting you have
OR go for a quick change
23 May 2020 11:59AM
I may have led EPZers astray here. This helicopter was circling around for a long time. I was finishing off painting a fence panel. Then I came in and fiitted the long lens to the camera. Then I sat down in the chair. The helicopter came around at different heights. Normally 1/250 second is good for shooting helicopters but I found out that I was coming up with pictures with static rotor blades. I wanted a picture that showed blurring of the rotor blades to show the helicopter was moving. I had to come down to 1/100 second to achieve that but sacrificed sharpness. Sometimes photography is not a bowl of cherries. Having said all that thanks for your comment Lillian. David
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
25 May 2020 11:24AM
Thanks for the clarification, David.

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