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Mayday 2 - The Rescue

Mayday 2 - The Rescue
Photo Information
Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-14
Categories: Humorous, Transportation
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4300
Exposure: f/7.6
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-21 5:19
Viewed: 1731
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thank you to all who viewed and critiqued my first “Mayday” post. This shot is of the rescue helicopter landing on a precarious perch to save the airplane passengers. From the looks of it, they’re going to need rescue themselves :)

These photos are from just one of the many putt-putt golf courses (miniature golf) in Myrtle Beach. The theme of course is being stranded on a remote island after the plane crash. It is really amazing what these businesses will do to attract customers to their golf course, and I am going to post a shot or two from one of the other more remarkable courses in the future. The plane looks to be a real one that had out-lived its flying life and now sits atop a rock formation on the course. The helicopter was also most likely a real one, but of a smaller variety than those used by the Coast guard.

I took this shot with my Coolpix 4300 from inside the golf course, as my wife (who so kindly endured my picture taking) and I played a round that day. They really go out of their way to entertain you with the landscaping and props, an enjoyable fun time. For those interested, I shot 2 under par and I’m not a golfer. I’m just a natural I guess ;))

PP work:
Cloned-out the mount that the helicopter sits atop and two lights (parts of the poles are still visible).
+Contrast, +Saturation, crop, resize and sharpen.

Thanks for viewing and have a great weekend!

I did a workshop to correct the problems with my cloning work in this. Sorry, but they just weren't that visible on my home PC :(

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Well the suspense is over. Amazing what businessmen will do to promote business. The helicopter is well positioned in the frame, I see no oe, the mist from the petite falls provide an engaging element. A fine work. Have a good w/e Werner.


  • Needs Improvement 
  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2009-08-21 5:25]
  • [+]

Hmmm, I can still see the clone-work! Thats a pitty! You've already said it in your note. But you can also see the pole and some other cloningwork on the rocks...
The composition and the colours are good. But not the pp-work and the cloning.


  • Great 
  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-08-21 5:37]

Hi Werner,
I think you've done a fantastic job with this ! Really a cool presentation. Great contrast, details are excellent. Well done and ENJOY your weekend. good luck with the golfing ! Julie

hi Werner excelltley timed shot good details and grt subject tfs

It took some time, and some reading, but it did have me fooled for a couple of seconds. It seems however Luckybry thinks it's real.
I was going to suggest a slower shutter speed to give the rotors a sense of movement, but once i came to my senses, realising it was trick photography, i may have embaressed myself by making such a comment!

Very clever.

For sheer hard work on trickery, cloning/PP work, i'm gonna give you smileys.



Looks like a movie scene :)

Excellent POV and composition like a movie scene ,lovely colours and sharpness.
Have a nice weekend

Hi Werner,
This looks like such an intriguing place, I would go crazy with photos here! Lol. Another very good capture, you've done a great job to freeze the gushing water and catch the steam at the same time. The clarity and choice of crop are nice too. A shame about the visible cloning marks, but nothing serious.


Hi Werner..very unusual composition for this helicopter..interesting and well done.


Hi Werner

The pp work is okay for a beginner, so kudoes for trying. To get rid of the areas closer to the horizon, or some other part of the image that you don't want blurred, try a zero feather & pixelation, with a low rate: eg 5p to 10 p. Then change the color & tone to match the surrounds. I will try to find a lamp post I cloned out in Hawaii to demonstrate. Have a nice weekend!

  • Great 
  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-08-23 0:55]


Très originale cette image, l'hélico posé devant la chutte d'eau, sueprbe compo, avec ce beau rocher, il tien sur un patin, grandiose.

bravoe t maitié


I like the pov and composition. As regards the pp work wasit your intention to do partial pp work and leave a clue as to the helicopters fixed position? If so you should really say so. I feel jan was harsh to give no points but the pp work does detract so a 1 is fair I think
warm regards

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