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Shutter rollback with a JetRanger

13 May 2016
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Bell JetRanger landing (note the rollback effect in the main rotor and the dust being swept ahead of the main rotor disk)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Perhaps the greatest fear a photographer has is simply an empty hand when a photo op appears. Fortunately the cameras, both still as well as video, in today’s mobile phones reduce that likelihood immensely. Recently this beautifully liveried Bell JetRanger arrived at a work site and I was able to use my mobile’s camera to capture images of it while in flight. A drawback, or artful effect if you will, is the digital shutter of the electronic camera. When tripped the shutter does not capture a moment but does q quick interlaced scan of the sensor area—which has the effect of “photographing” whirling objects as a sequence of movement leading to a swooping effect. Straight objects, such as rotor blades, obtain scimitar appearances, for example. Three examples of shutter rollback are in these images of this post. The natural light’s angle and intensity was falling perfectly onto this JetRanger. The shutter rollback effect could not be helped on  this day so it must either be pleasing or tolerated 😉

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Bell JetRanger taking off (with slight main rotor shutter rollback effect)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Bell JetRanger departing with pronounced digital shutter rollback effect (note the characteristic wire cutters, one above and one below the cockpit)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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