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A now retired Sea King helicopter firing its chaff in a demonstration at a airshow last year. Loved the vortices created in the smoke by the rotors....
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A now retired Sea King helicopter firing its chaff in a demonstration at a airshow last year. Loved the vortices created in the smoke by the rotors.
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13 Comments | Report
Mulice
 
Mulice July 11, 2015
I have never seen anything like this before.
thebarkleydude
 
thebarkleydude July 12, 2015
Wow such an amazing shot! Where was this taken?
Digitalwolfphotography
Digitalwolfphotography July 16, 2015
Yeovilton Air Show. Thanks
vojce PRO+
 
vojce July 16, 2015
excellent
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick July 17, 2015
A great photo.
eradillo
 
eradillo May 12, 2016
Very nice picture!! congratulations
Digitalwolfphotography
Digitalwolfphotography May 12, 2016
Thanks! Hadn't realised it was being featured on the homepage. Notifications gone ballistic today lol
hobbielancie
 
hobbielancie May 12, 2016
Breathetaking shot sir. Well deserved winner!
hobbielancie
 
hobbielancie May 12, 2016
Even breathtaking too lol
TwoFires
 
TwoFires May 12, 2016
Very, very nice. Great photo and great job.
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lucycass2 May 12, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique.
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lucycass2 May 12, 2016
Perfect, well done.
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rossano May 19, 2016
Superior Skills
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 23, 2016
Awesome capture! Congrats.
spidi1981 PRO
 
spidi1981 December 22, 2016
Awesome shot! If you want, you can try this contest:
https:// viewbug.com/challenge/helicopters-in-action-only-flying-helicopters-photo-challenge-by-spidi1981

Have a nicd day! ????

Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken at Yeovilton Airday in 2015. They put on a show every year and this one was special sa it was the last time the Royal Navy Sea Kings would be seen at a display.
Time
This was taken in the early afternoon. The weather had been quite poor all morning with some rain but it did brighten up after lunch!
Lighting
The light was poor for this shot but for a change this actually helps the image as it really highlights the flares! A bright day would have reduced the impact of the firing of them.
Equipment
My trusty Nikon D7200 with a Nikon 70-300mm f4-5.6 vr lens attached was used for the day. This gave me a bit of leeway in composing shots over my usual Nikon 300mm F2.8 vr prime lens. I always use Sandisk extreme pro SD cards as these just cannot be beaten for reliability and performance. This was shot handheld so no tripod needed for the day.
Inspiration
I have always been a long time fan of military aircraft and this was the first time I had managed to attend an airshow after taking up photography. I knew the show did involve some of these flare firing photo opportunities and like a noob I missed the first one of the day! This time the commentator was kind enough to warn us they were going to launch flares so I trained the camera in anticipation.
Editing
Darkened the background to bring out some detail by boosting contrast and reducing highlights. Added some sharpening as I always shoot in RAW, and finally cropped the image to get better composition.
In my camera bag
I use a Lowepro flipside AW400 backpack which carries my 80-200mm f2.8 and my Nikon D7200 with a Nikon 300mm f2.8 vr. I also have a 1.7x tc for the 300mm prime too. I specialize in wildlife photography so these are the only two lenses I use now. I have about 6 SD cards and my camo lens cover which is everythingproof!. Apart from a few spare camera batteries and a couple of lens cleaning cloths, thats it!
Feedback
At airshows keep a close ear on what the commentator is saying over the speakers as they often warn photographers about upcoming pyrotechnic shots like these. Make sure you use spot metering to get the details in the aircraft and not end up with a silhouette. And get there early to get as close to the action as possible! Its amazing how being near the front of the crowds makes all the difference to your shots as often the planes are flying quite low and you can end up with lots of heads and lenses to crop out!

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