Canon 1D Mark III, 70-200mm F/4, f/7.1, 1/250, iso 100
Back when I lived in California I would usually attend a couple of airshows per year. Lots of fun for us photographers. It's interesting that you can achieve this "wingtip to wingtip" perspective from the ground.
Last night we watched some kind of search and rescue operation, involving a small Coast Guard boat and this helicopter. It was getting pretty dark, the mountain illuminated with Alpenglow. Just as I was about to put the camera away, the helicopter lifted up, got into frame with the mountain and began flying toward me.
Normally, when shooting a helicopter, I want a shutter of about 1/80th, to blur the rotor. This time I didn't have time to do that, plus, handholding at 400mm, there's not much chance it would have been sharp.
I was glad to get this shot, and I hope whoever they were looking for is okay.
So we are driving along a gravel road in The Palouse, going from one shooting location to another. I see this crop duster make a pass. So I pull our caravan over and tell everyone I want to get a quick shot. We all pile out.
The cropduster makes another pass releasing whatever he is spraying, but then banks hard and turns back toward us. Right as he gets along side he banks the wing and turns on the smoke! I just love Washington people! (State that is, of course.)
I flew to California last weekend for a business trip, left early in the morning. Luckily I sat on the right hand side of the plane and I had a tremendous view of Mt. St. Helens. The Sony is my "light travel camera" so that's what I had on me. I fired off several frames, aiming for a high shutter speed, given we were scooting along at 425mph or so.
When I looked at the image on the monitor, the blown out mountain was spectacular, but overall the image had that dull cast one gets when shooting through miles of atmosphere (not to mention a pair of plastic & glass airliner windows).
Could Topaz B&W Effects II come to my rescue? I was looking for a dramatic scene, and I settled on the Dynamic Grunge II preset, then visually worked a couple of sliders (contrast in particular) to zero in on my perceived treatment. I played around with the exposure, I didn't want it to look like a nighttime scene. But OTOH, this was 7 am in early Spring.
This Topaz BWE software is fantastic. As much as I love Lightroom and live there all the time, for B&W, Topaz really does it for me.
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