Minneapolis - "City of Waters"
Hovering over Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
06/18/2005 11:37 local time (CST)
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© 2005 Edward S. Fink, All Rights Reserved.
EquipmentNikon D70, Sigma 8mm, Robinson R44 helicopter, Panorama Tools, PTGui, Enblend, PanoCube Plus, Photoshop. ISO 200, 1/800@f8, RAW
Behind the scene : how this panorama was madePilot John Lindstrom of Hummingbird Helicopters hovered over downtown Minneapolis while I used a monopod to lower the camera below the helicopter's landing skids and take 4 shots 90 degrees apart, pitched down about 30 degrees. The sky was shot at the airport after landing.
The Nikon D70 only has an IR remote, which isn't too useful under the helicopter, but I found an inexpensive wired remote solution from Bear Island Trading Company BearIslandTC@nc.rr.com that let me use my camera instead of paying $150 per day to rent a bigger Nikon.
I was amazed that in the noisy, vibrating helicopter, with heavy headphones on, and the camera down beneath the landing skids, I could still tell when the shutter fired - I could feel the mirror bounce!