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Discussion in 'Appraisal Gallery' started by obeque, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. obeque

    obeque Active Member

  2. Jaykun85

    Jaykun85 Member

    wow that is a lovely photo :)
  3. TallDan76

    TallDan76 Active Member

    Nice photo, to me it could be improved by getting all of the heli-pad in the image?

    Is good all the same :)

  4. AlexDenny

    AlexDenny Well-Known Member

    I quite like it with the helipad cropped out altogether, so it looks like a capture of the chopper over the sea (cheating, but a good effect...)
  5. tonycro

    tonycro Well-Known Member

    offshore installation and the sea is calm ! I've been a few times and it was never that clear n calm !

    I like it with the helideck, makes it clear why its flaring and the wheels down -

  6. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Nicely blurred rotor, good context. As stated above losing the helipad gives a different shot.
  7. Bawbee

    Bawbee Well-Known Member

    Yes but, as Tony says, it's obviously in landing mode with the wheels down and flared.
  8. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

  9. turbulentwheat

    turbulentwheat Well-Known Member

    an excellent shot, crisp and clear.
  10. obeque

    obeque Active Member

    Here's two other shots that I think cover what people wanted to see
    Thanks for the feedback
  11. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    First one is a lovely shot.

    If I was really nit-picking I'd say that it might be slightly better if you'd pointed slightly more to the right, to put the rotor head on the top right third, and include all of the helideck.

    The last two are nice records, but they don't have the same level of drama.

    Cropping the bottom off to leave just the chopper flying over the see would just look all wrong, I think.
  12. dachs

    dachs Well-Known Member

    Ahhh! the paraffin budgie rules; how often I yearned to be on the fog-delayed S61 only to be 'bumped' by a medi-vac after three weeks offshore.

    Your Number One is tilted, and when you crop after straightening, chop off the extraneous triangle of structure bottom left. Choppers look better now than when I went to work, staring through the elongated rivet holes in the groaning airframe skin.....

    Nice take, did you get Shell permission to publish? Only polite, really.
  13. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Great picture. I completely disagree with those who want the whole landing pad in. Letting part of the picture "bleed out" of the frame almost invariably adds immediacy and tension: including it all would move the shot towards a dull PR shot. It's too good to be a dull PR shot, but it would be a lot less good if it were a relentlessly literal get-it-all-in picture. In other words, you got it exactly right: ignore those who say otherwise.

    I would however make one criticism: the title. I really was expecting a dull, "arty" picture of an axe (in which case I'd probably have made no comment). It's not a "twee" or "clever" title, both of which are all too popular on this forum, but I've always preferred "caption" titles, such as "Helicopter landing [wherever]".

    Edit: Oh, and the horizon is very slightly tilted -- presumably because you aligned the bottom of the picture with the edge of the landing pad.


    Last edited: Oct 29, 2014
  14. obeque

    obeque Active Member

    Thanks for the feedback its all appreciated and taken onboard

    As for Shells' approval I wasn't allowed to bring the camera out without approval and you have to have a permit to use it outside the accommodation too, the only time they got up tight was a colleague putting one on the BBC website when the weather was bad and that was another company complaining because it was their barge along side in the shot
  15. dachs

    dachs Well-Known Member

    I can imagine - why not send your shot(s) in to the Shell publicity, they like good ones for the magazine. Certainly up to standard (levelled).

    On gas platforms (Leman, Inde etc) used to have to convince the lead techy that there was no electrics, mechanical only, even on survey. Wouldn't work now in this digital age!
  16. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    Works well with the helipad.
    I think the horizon needs a bit of levelling, but otherwise a great shot, rather than a simple record of a helicopter.
  17. Bawbee

    Bawbee Well-Known Member

    Obeque, Have you got a permit to use your camera offshore? If so, did you have any problems obtaining it? If not, Oh Dear! ;)
  18. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    See post 14, Bawbee!


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