I had the opportunity to take a ride on a helicopter over Colorado Springs. This was a great time to get out the camera and shot the local sites. We took off from the Colorado Springs airport and headed west over to the Broadmoor Hotel then to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Will Rogers shrine of the sun. The final resting place of Spenser Penrose the Developer of the Broadmoor hotel. from there to Seven Falls, Cheyenne Canyon, Helen Hunt Falls and then off to Garden of the Gods with Pikes Peak in the background. On the return trip to the airport we flew over Downtown Colorado Springs and Prospect lake. The helicopter operator is Colorado Vertical. This is a 4 seat helicopter 3 passengers. I Can highly recommend Colorado Vertical with a smooth ride and a great photographic opportunity.
Camera settings For Helicopter Flight
Set the camera to shutter priority (S). Set your shutter speed to at least 1/1000 of a second. Adjusted your ISO setting to ISO 400 or 800 so that you can achieve 1/1000 of a second . Just remember not to adjust the ISO two high as to inject noise into your image. Turn on your image stabilizer on your camera or lens if so equipped. If you will be shooting thru a glass or plastic windows use manual focus. If you will be shooting without a windows use auto focus. Use a wide to medium telephoto lens like the Nikon 16–85 mm lens. the best time to photograph will be within a couple of hours after sunrise or within a couple of hours before sunset.