Helicopter views

London helicopter tour

Our aircraft arrives

Last year I bought my husband a helicopter flight with The London Helicopter. We finally got around to booking it earlier this summer.

London

Westminster

I love helicopter flights. I love the change of point of view and the crazy angles you don’t get from an aircraft.

London

The City

Photography is challenging. Windows are not where you want them and never clean enough; viewpoints disappear before you have time to frame them; and then there’s those pesky reflections.

London

Battersea

It doesn’t stop me trying though.

London

Millenium Dome

We were blessed with a clear afternoon, luckily. It was so much fun seeing parts of London we know well from a whole new perspective.

London

Docklands

This was not my first helicopter sightseeing experience. We have taken a ‘copter over the Grand Canyon.

Aerial view

Can you see the other ‘copter below?

We have also enjoyed a flight over Kauai’s spectacular Na Pali coast.

Hawaii

A scene out of Jurassic Park

And, perhaps most spectacular of all, a flight over Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii’s Big Island.

volcano

Lava meets the Pacific

I kept the crazy angle in the next shot, to show that it was taken from a helicopter.

Hawaii

Lava + ocean = steam, and lots of it.

I was much happier seeing this from a helicopter than on foot!

Hawaii

Lava travelling underground vents through ‘skylights’ in the crust.

I would love to do a ‘doors-off’ flight next. I think I am hooked.

Hawaii volcano

Infernal Eye

6 thoughts on “Helicopter views

  1. “Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
    And never mix up your right foot with your left.
    And will you succeed?
    Yes! You will, indeed!
    (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”
    ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

  2. I did some shots from a little biplane one time many, many years ago. I’m not normally subject to motion sickness, but did get rather queasy from peering through the viewfinder on the flight. It IS great fun seeing familiar landmarks from the air, though.

  3. I can see how the photography aspect would be fun, if challenging, but like the commenter above, I’d soon be feeling queasy, I fear. Just a few hours in a car on winding mountain/coastal roads on the weekend had me ruined for the whole day and part of the next one. And that’s not even taking into account my unease at being aboard any kind of flying machine!

  4. These are fantastic. The perspective and point of view you get from up there is brilliant!

    How much time do you have to get your shots though? I can’t imagine you can tell the pilot to just hold still and wait for you to get it all right, right?

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