Helicopter, Verrazano Bridge

I am coordinating today’s post with my other blogs and will talk about helicopters there also. (see the sidebar Blogroll for locations.)

Technical: slide film, settings not recorded.

This is one of the iconic bridges of New York City. It was built during my lifetime. But, like so much history, I was too young and too oblivious to appreciate the change. The bridge essentially connected Staten Island to New York City. Heretofore, the island was more a part of New Jersey by proximity and Jersey bridge connections. The photo is grainy. The lighting is grey and foreboding. You can see the raindrops on the helicopter bubble in the lower right. The bridge tower in the foreground is balanced by the light in the clouds, which leads the viewer’s eye toward the other tower. There are many ways and angles in which this shot could have been made. With film, at that time, I was much more conservative with experimenting with settings and exposure. The cost of film, development, and the mere act of changing out a roll of film in flight were all in play.

Technical: All in all this is a technical challenge. What you get is what you get. A fast shutter speed was probably not an option. At the time I mostly used ISO 100 film. So the shutter speed was probably not ideal. With digital you can instantly let the ISO run up or you can manually set it higher. This will allow the image to be captured at 1/500 sec or faster. Motion and vibration from the moving helicopter is less. Shooting through the blue tinted glass bubble is an issue. Finally there are reflections from the bubble. I could have tried to shoot out the small window port but my view was limited through the small port.

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