Chicago from a Chopper

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Free talk in New York on Dec 15th at B&H Photo – A Firehose of HDR

See the photo below? One of the most common questions I get is “How do you make an HDR out of a single photo?” Well, I’ll go over that and more on Dec 15th at noon at the Incredible B&H Photo in New York. You can get more New York B&H event info here.

Also, you may know that B&H is a partner of Stuck in Customs — I recommend you buy from them on my Digital SLR recommendations page.

Daily Photo – Chicago from a Chopper

Chicago is an awesome city and I always have a good time there.  This time of year, it gets a bit cold… and if you don’t have a good coat pre-buttoned before you go outside, well, that’s a big mistake.

I have a good friend there that arranged a helicopter for me in Chicago and took the door off!  I hung out for a few hours battling the backwash as we circled the city and flew in and out of the buildings.  This is one of the shots from that series, and I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I did shooting it!

Chicago from a Chopper

  • Trey, This is a an awesome shot of Chicago!

    P.S. I can’t wait until my Christmas present to myself get’s here. It’s a book by a guy you may know. = )”A World In HDR”

  • Ok, I’m jealous. I think all the Stuck in Customs fans should all pitch in and and rent a helicopter for a day and go somehwere and take images until we fill up all our cards. We may need a few helicopters….

  • casusan

    Wow! Great shot Trey – so crystal clear – way to go!

  • hehe thanks all

    Jawsh – yes I know that guy – he’s a hack!

    Matthew – let’s do it! hehe

  • Oh, one other thing that is unrelated to Chicago. lol
    I am heading to Atlanta later today, and I know that it is the friendliest place for tripod toting photographers. 😛 Any advice?

  • I love it when you can actually see the curvature of the earth in landscape/cityscape pics! Was this a single exposure shot or a full 3/5/7/9 shots. If it was more than just a single exposure you gotta let us in on the trick to staying steady in a helicopter! I think Joe McNally would even give you kudos to that feat! Great Work!

  • Great shot. I to am interested in if this was a single or multiple shot HDR.

  • Great photo from the chopper, Trey!!!! I don’t envy you going there this time of year, always iffy. My niece works there and lives near the city. They had that awful storm with high winds and snow last week. Sure hope it’s better when you are there!!!! We finally are gettins snow this week, right now 5″ and counting. Wonder how many will show for church this morning? But I’ll take this to the below zero mornings we were having. Be safe, well and warm, all.

  • lol, getting, bad fingers not doing what I want 😉

  • Great shot. I’m in Chicago for the weekend, and am taking similar shots from high spots. Cheers!

  • Alex Jagendorf

    December 15th? 🙂

  • Alex – December 15 !! Sorry – I made that mistake again! I need more sleep… !

    And thanks everyone! 🙂

  • Nice view. You sure like helicopters these days.

  • Trey,

    It looks like I just missed you in Chicago. I was there a week earlier. Next time you are there go up to the 95th or 96th floor of the John Hancock building. The view from there is magnificent.

    Check it out:

  • This is the best picture of Chicago I have ever seen! Well done!

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  • aasilom

    nice shot.

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