Mitchel Waite © 2020

A Different Perspective of London

At the weekend I finally took to the (surprisingly) blue skies of London on a helicopter tour of the city. It was the first time earning my stripes in a chopper, and luckily managed to grab the co-pilot’s seat. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to co-pilot! The fight was a lot smoother than I anticipated, given the windy weather conditions. The views were absolutely stunning though; we flew in from the East over the Olympic site, then worked our way down the River Thames past Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, the Shard, London Eye and Westminster. We even saw the helicopters parked in The Oval cricket ground that were being used to film Tom Cruise’s new film All You Need Is Kill in Trafalgar Square that day. Unfortunately some of my photos appear unstabilised, but it was harder than expected to operate manual focus through the scuffy windscreen and the sharp turning of the helicopter. I was using my 18-55mm Canon EF-S kit lens which was fine for the panoramic shots (perhaps slightly too much, as at 18mm I still had the dashboard panels in view), but some people may crave the need for the extra zoom. So if you get the chance to take to the skies, I’d recommend taking along something additional like a 70-200mm lens and definitely a lens hood. A fish-eye lens will probably be wasted, as the majority  of your shot will be dashboard. I’d save that lens for the viewing gallery at the top of The Shard when it opens in 2013.

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