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Night Helicopter Photo Separates The Pros from the Amateurs

MD500 night shot, Dan Megna photo.This photo taken by retired deputy/pilot Dan Megna has been setting on my computer for many months just waiting for the right story or article to couple it with.  Tired of waiting, I finally decided that the photo is just too nice to sit around in an electronic folder.  So here it is, with permission of the owner of course.

The location is the San Marcos Sheriff's Station heli-pad at dusk.  Your host is in the pilot's seat with the NVG friendly green lip light illuminated.  As the picture attest, this was no "point and shoot" photo but rather a carefully choreographed dance between lighting and spinning rotors.  It is a far cry from the many amateur photos on this site (taken by yours truly) that I am sure are capable of making most professional photographers cringe.  The photo was taken in support of a helicopter magazine article written by Dan.  

See more of Dan's work at www.danmegna.com

Also check out the photo gallery for a larger version of the same photo.

New Picture Gallery of Fire and Patrol Helicopters is ready for viewing.

Bell 205 (Huey) Fire Helicopter sunrise. Rocky Laws photo.Get around any group of pilots and you will likely find a couple of serious photographers in the group.  When they are not behind the controls of their favorite flying machine they can often be found behind the controls of a camera, photographing various aircraft or anything else that stops moving for a couple of seconds.

For about the last 15 years our particular unit has been the home of two pretty serious photographers.  Dan Megna www.danmegna.com has been a professional photographer and writer for many years with articles and photographs published in a number of aviation and helicopter magazines.  Dan retired from the unit just this week.  I hope to showcase a little of his work on this site in the near future. 

Rocky Laws is the other pretty serious photographer but he chooses to keep it strictly in the hobby category.  That probably helps me out as he was quick to give me permission to display some of his work on this site when asked., thanks Rock!  I have often asked Rocky why he doesn't do professional photography work and his answer is always the same, "it would just screw up a perfectly good hobby. "

Rocky photographs much more than just helicopters.  You can see more of his camera work at his personal Smug Mug page.

To view his photos of the various fire and patrol helicopters around our ramp at Gillespie Field visit the Police Helicopter Pilot picture gallery.