Chinook Helicopter flies low at the Huntington Beach Pier

Pier tower

A Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter flies low around the Huntington Beach Pier

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter flew by the Huntington Beach Pier and I was able to capture it as it flew wide behind the main lifeguard tower. It did a turnaround somewhere in Seal Beach or Long Beach and headed back down.

I’m a day late, as this photo was taken yesterday, but I’m sure you don’t mind. Normally we only see birds, surfers and a few dolphins out here, so this was a nice change.

Notice the blades? For those camera/photography buffs, I stopped the blades with a shutter speed of 1/2500th of a second. I also cropped the image as I was very far from the action. I shot it hand held at 200mm and an f/4, so the helicopter looks like it was near the tower, but it was actually pretty far from it.

I captured a series of shots, many on it’s own. However, when deciding how to photograph it as it neared, I ran to this location to make sure and catch it next to the tower. You can see an older photo I took from this same location here.

At first I wasn’t sure if the photo was “interesting” enough, but in the end I decided to share it, what do you think?

Ramon Ambriz

Ramon has been an avid photographer for over 20 years. He runs and contributes to several photography sites including OCSurfPix.com,  Coolest-Travel-Pictures and OCPix. His main expertise is in advertising and online marketing but photography has always remained a top priority.

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  • Stefan Jansson

    Looks interesting enough for me. The people on the pier make it more alive.

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