Mountain Valley Near Canmore, Alberta

As the helicopter flew into the mountains south of Canmore, Alberta, I was treated to one spectacular view after another. It revealed a world that otherwise would never be visible to anyone but bears, elk and mountain goats. The trick with helicopter photographer is being able to compose images, literally on the fly. The helicopter was moving at close to a hundred miles an hour. I was shooting out a side door that had been removed to eliminate any reflections. This made it hard to see what was coming up next. Being able to rely on the cameras automation helped considerably. I shot in shutter priority mode at 1/8000th of a second and let the ISO float up 2500 as needed. Taken with the Nikon D5 and 28-80mm Zoom Nikkor.

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