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Australian Army Aviation – Tigers and Taipans in Brisbane

 
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Sep 22, 2016 05:30 |  #1

Managed to catch these guys flying around Brisbane today, practicing for the annual Riverfire Festival. First time shooting helicopters, so I chickened out of prop blur and went for in-focus and sharp instead.:-)

ARH Tiger and MRH90 Taipan helicopters, flying along the Brisbane River.

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Sep 22, 2016 05:55 |  #2

Nicely done!


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Sep 22, 2016 07:45 |  #3

I've owned some chickens in my time, but that one has to be the biggest! ; D


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Sep 22, 2016 08:40 |  #4

Excellent backdrops and very sharp. Don't get OCD over prop blur; sometimes it looks spot on when it's frozen and sharp. The pro's wont agree with that of course.


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Sep 22, 2016 17:00 |  #5

Never chicken out.


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Sep 22, 2016 17:30 |  #6

Hah – thanks folks. I found a couple where I had dialled the shutter speed down to 1/30 sec and 1/60 sec and retained reasonable sharpness in the helicopter. Beginners luck plus Canon AF and IS.:-)

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Sep 23, 2016 05:15 as a reply to  @ nardes's post |  #7

100x better.
Very well done


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Sep 23, 2016 06:48 |  #8

Great work.. thanks for sharing!


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Sep 23, 2016 16:59 |  #9

Desertraptor wrote in post #18137477 (external link)
100x better.
Very well done

I was going to say at least 1000× better, but it is I guess in the case of the first shot of the second pair exactly 40× better. Much much better not to chicken out and go for decent rotor blur. Those last two definitely belong in the rotor blur thread.

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Sep 23, 2016 17:54 |  #10

Thanks for all the feedback and comments folks, I appreciate it.:-)

It was a frantic 2 or 3 minutes whilst these guys ran through their practice routines along various stretches of the Brisbane River.

I had the 7D Mk II set to manual exposure under the C2 pre-set and once I had a few keepers (quick chimp here and there) at 1/1000 sec, I switched to P mode and used the Main Dial to drive the shutter speed down to 1/125, 1/100….1/30 and grabbed a few shots when the helicopters were in hover mode.

When the helicopters recommenced flying along the skyline, I switched back to C2 and had manual settings already dialled in to “ignore” bright backgrounds or dark buildings which would have fooled the auto-exposure setting.

The IS definitely helped here, I could see the stabilising effect in the viewfinder, even though I had both elbows resting on a top rail, with feet spread to compensate for the bumping of the crowds left and right of me!

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Sep 24, 2016 00:37 as a reply to  @ BigAl007's post |  #11

You mean Helicopter Prop Blur ;)


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Sep 24, 2016 06:08 |  #12

Desertraptor wrote in post #18138494 (external link)
You mean Helicopter Prop Blur ;)

Oh yes I forgot it was slightly misnamed :)


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Sep 24, 2016 06:41 as a reply to  @ BigAl007's post |  #13

They def fit in there


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