Andrew Hersom, PPSA  

Coastguard Take-off by Andrew Hersom, PPSA

October 2019 - Coastguard Take-off

About the Image(s)

This is just a practice landing/take off by a Coastguard helicopter at a local hospital. First time for the coastguard, the local air ambulance did it the previous week. Previously choppers landed a few blocks away which wasn't satisfactory so they knocked an obsolete building down and built a proper pad. I like this because the "winchman" is in full view which adds a bit of impact. I have just slightly cropped the RHS and the bottom. What do you think?

4 comments posted

Moira Heilbronn   Moira Heilbronn
To me this is a good documentary image of the coastguard helicopter and I agree that the image is improved by having the man in the doorway. I think you have nailed the focus on the helicopter and the blur on the blades gives a sense of movement. I find that the lines of the buildings draw my eye in towards the main subject and the subject is well positioned in the bottom third of the image.

It seems that this was taken on an overcast day which to me makes the image a little flat and which I think could be improved by enhancing light, contrast & vibrance of the main subject in post. Overall I think this is a nice image.   Posted: 10/08/2019 00:44:35

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
This is an image where you have to study it closely to appreciate the various qualities. I agree you photographed it at the perfect moment, just enough off the ground for the us to understand what is happening. I agree with Moira the the blur on the blades is also perfect.
I think what I have issue with is the composition. The background is very busy, the buildings in the back have a lot of complex detail, my eye focused on them and I didn't even notice the man in the door until you pointed him out. My first suggestion was going to be that you crop out the upper part of the frame, which would take out the bright sky as well as a lot of busy building detail, but then that takes away from the sense of the helicopter going up. So I would leave the top. YOu could consider cropping the left, including the tail of the helicopter, so that the man in the doorway is more the focus of the image.
But probably the best solution might be to blur and darken the background. I know this can be done but I'm not sure exactly how to do it. Other people in this group might know. A vignette effect might achieve the goal. This is an image of fast-moving action, you want the viewer to "get it" quickly without having to study it, but the richness of detail makes it hard for this viewer to focus on what you want me to focus on.   Posted: 10/09/2019 06:26:44

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Clear, sharp focus. Even some blur in the rear roter to indicate motion and some persons looking out distant building windows to see what is happening. I like the image.

Suggestions? Well, the helicopter could have been higher in the sky to separate it from the background buildings but that might not have been possible depending on where you were standing when taking the photograph.

Great job!   Posted: 10/11/2019 14:17:59

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
Really interesting! You captured the movement and motion. I feel like the winchman is ready to fall into action. To get this close is amazing. I enjoy the primary colors guiding the eye to the action. Great!   Posted: 10/19/2019 06:37:41


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