Andrew Hersom, PPSA  

Chinook Flaring by Andrew Hersom, PPSA

January 2020 - Chinook Flaring

January 2020 - Andrew Hersom, PPSA


About the Image(s)

In November I was at Donna Nook, the Lincolnshire wildlife reserve which is also a Royal Air Force bombing range. A helicopter was flying around in a training exercise firing off flares. I only managed to get a couple of shots of this (the long lens really struggled to find focus) but missed the end off the rotor blade. I slightly increased the canvas size in PE12 and cloned in from existing sky, which is a slight improvement. Not a particularly interesting picture but perhaps a little different with the flaring. What do you think?

Olympus EM1 mkii, 300mm + 1.4x extender, 1/1250s, f9, ISO500,

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6 comments posted

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
I actually find this to be a fascinating picture.
And I didn't know you could do things like extend a picture and fill in the rotor blades! That's wonderful!
Your cloning looks pretty good-there does seem to be a smudge on the rotor blade that was filled in. But the sky behind it looks great.
Personally, I think it was worth the effort. An image filled with action and suspense.   Posted: 01/11/2020 12:44:57

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I find this a very interesting picture. It's one I've gone back to and just studied. The flairs lead my eye to the copter and the copter flying into the distance. The sky is beautiful. I agree with Alison, action and suspense!   Posted: 01/12/2020 07:24:41

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Andrew, nice job of cloning in the rotor blade. The clouds and smoke flares do a nice job of filling space that otherwise would be empty.

What about just cropping in closely so its just the chopper, a cloud portion, and flare smoke? Well, maybe not because one would lose perspective.

I know what you mean by the tele lens hunting for focus, a problem I have had with bird pictures.

The chopper is nice and sharp. Alison and Jamie have good comments.

  Posted: 01/14/2020 08:53:24

Moira Heilbronn   Moira Heilbronn
I think this image has impact , the dark helicopter against the pastel coloured smudgy sky, textured by the clouds. The flares add interest & activity too. For me I would prefer to see a bit more of the sea from a compositional perspective. I probably wouldn't have noticed the cloning of the blade unless you pointed it out but once known, it looks a little obvious to me as the edges don't line up.
Nice job, though.   Posted: 01/23/2020 01:31:42
Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Yes I agree, Moira. In retrospect I should have slightly increased the size of the canvas at the bottom as well, as the edge of the flare cuts the bottom of the image. i am not sure it is worth spending any more time on this though - it isn't "that" interesting!   Posted: 01/23/2020 02:22:23

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I really like the beautiful sky and then the war-like scene of the flares and helicopter being somewhat menacing. The flares really add impact. Nice capture.   Posted: 01/23/2020 09:37:06