Flying machines of all kinds are marvelous photography subjects, but what’s great about helicopters is how simple the mechanics of it are. They play great in a photography, because you see the machine working it’s magic. The spinning blades use the same principle as Maple Tree seeds do when they fall off a branch and twirl softly to the ground below. It is a very simple, and beautiful design, that visually makes perfect sense, despite the remarkable fact that over a thousand pounds of metal are being lifted off the ground by more heavy rotating metal.
The other great thing about helicopters as a photography subject is that they are the most agile flying machines out there. They can hover and they do not need runways to take-off, so a helicopter can enter nearly any environment and fly incredibly close to land masses and forest with low risk.
The photos in this gallery take advantage of these facts and display helicopters in a variety of contexts, sweeping over forests and tundras, hovering over mountain sides, and landing on beaches. Share your own helicopter photos by tagging them with #helicopter.