… not really. I’m not professional, strictly amateur, as far as photography is concerned. I have sold an image or two. It was a mix of surprise and curiosity that I was contacted via my blog for use of an image. The request came via an unused link from an unused blog I had many years ago. I was suspicious of a scam. But, it turned out to be a legitimate request. The image in question was cropped from the original and used strictly in an internal memo. So, what the hell, they got it for free. Dumb, maybe. I got a credit for the use. Consider it a charitable donation. The image? It was the NYC Marathon Sunday crossing the Verrazano Bridge.
It’s a shame no one really cares about flying. That is to say no one flies with nose pressed to the window looking at the scenery passing below. I do. And there must be others like me. We were fortunate enough that the flight path crossed over NYC. And the cloud cover was not too bad. Not good, but not bad. We flew over my old house. Yeah, it’s too diffused to make it out. But… hey! For reference, that blank space is midtown and Central Park.
It’s a pretty distinguishable landmark. After all King Kong clung to the top at one point. I actually have a picture of that somewhere. It was a balloon replica of the king that was inflated to commemorate one anniversary or another of the movie. Anyway this view is from the east looking west to the Hudson River and New Jersey. If you look near the bottom, the round building is Madison Sq Garden. Once again, it’s a shot from the Bell 47 helicopter.
Since 9/11, my files have been culled for pictures of the WTC. It’s interesting that I took pictures of it from many vantages both on the ground and in the air, both from the helicopter and from commercial airlines. I didn’t know that it would someday be gone forever. It was built in my lifetime. I have eaten on special occasions at Windows on the World and attended a 65th birthday party at the top for the chief neurosurgeon who trained me. I was only once at the top on the observation deck. I was nearby when a van blew up in the parking garage back in the ‘90’s. There is still an emotional reaction when I see pictures that I took of the WTC over the years. This one was from the Bell 47 helicopter.
I am coordinating today’s post with my other blogs and will talk about helicopters there also. (see the sidebar Blogroll for locations.)
I have a close friend, named Charlie. He is a former NYPD officer, police helicopter pilot, airline pilot for American Airlines, and current Bell 47 helicopter pilot/owner. He calls it his ‘ship.’ Indeed, he spends a ton to keep it in top shape. This is the same model MASH helicopter of Korean War and ‘Hawkeye Pierce’ TV fame. I am planning to post some images of Marathon Sunday and NYC’s skyline in my other blogs. The shots on this post were made on slide film. Iconic images, the World Trade Center, and Statue of Liberty are known everywhere. The Verrazano Bridge is the world’s eighth longest bridge and longest in the US. I have been indeed fortunate to fulfill a dream to fly over New York City. The large bubble gives you a panoramic view. And, Charlie sometimes flies with the doors off so that the tinted glass doesn’t throw off the color balance. Any trip in the helicopter, bubble glass or not, is special. In the bridge shot you can see there are raindrops. It’s breezy, noisy, chilly, and relatively slow with a headwind. I have flown in and out of all of the NY airports on passenger jets with my nose pressed to the window to glimpse the city. There is nothing finer than being in a Bell 47 helicopter.