Electricity Helicopter

by GlynM

I saw this helicopter flying just above the power cables close to my parents home in Earley near Reading today (17/02/15).

I was just getting ready to depart and putting stuff, including my camera, into the car when I saw it coming towards me. I was lucky to have my 55-300mm lens fitted and was just about quick enough in getting the camera out of its bag to get four shots in before the helicopter disappeared over the horizon.

The excellent weather today was also in my favour.

This is one of four helicopters operated by Western Power Distribution who I think normally serve the South West, Wales and the Midlands so it appeared to be a little bit out of territory working over Berkshire.

I found details of their operations here.

Pentax K-3 with a DA55-300 @ 260mm
1/1000sec, F10 & ISO200

Shot raw, processed in LR5 with some final tinkering in PSE10.

Uploaded17/02/2015 - 20:38
Shutter Speed1/1000
Focal Length260mm

Posted 17/02/2015 - 21:12 Link
brilliant shot great colours.looks fantastic large
Posted 17/02/2015 - 23:45 Link
It is a nice sharp capture, a good reflex shot. The only 'improvement' I could suggest would be a bit more rotor blur to give more sensation of speed...you'd have needed a shutter speed of about 1/300 - 1/350th though and would have lost some of the sharpness unless you were very good at panning.


Posted 18/02/2015 - 22:40 Link
x 2 - liked the shadow across the forward/middle body - good things await those that wait - thanks t
Pjy123 wrote:
brilliant shot great colours.looks fantastic large

"It's not what you look at that's important, it's what you see" - Thoreau

Posted 04/03/2015 - 15:57 Link
Lovely shot...l saw the same helicopter heading your way came over Tunbridge wells in quite a hurry...my shot was a disaster.. well done

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