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The job requires courage and concentration

It's dangerous, for anyone on the ground but especially for those flying the whirlybird.

It's a tree-trimmer

Aerial Solutions, Inc., was hired by American Electric Power to bring in its helicopters with saws dangling below to trim tree branches that are near the company's power lines. It's an area beset with blackouts due to trees and limbs falling on the lines. The "Air Saw" 10-blade gang saw is more efficient than you might imagine.

How about now?


Can you guess what this is?


Rachel Burgess

She's a clothing designer and nurse. This picture was the cover of a small local magazine.

This picture got me in a world of trouble

Shopping in the one big grocery store in Athens, Ohio, I saw this scene and made a quick picture. Because changes at the store cause a lot of local conversation, I put it up for possible use in the newspaper, and it was used. I was a little concerned that people would be horrified by the dirt that had accumulated under the row of shelves, but no: the head of the local convention and visitors agency wrote a poison-pen email to the boss of the company that owns the paper, saying that people would be kept from…

Another at ISO 51,200

As I mentioned, these are all jpegs straight from the camera. I'd fiddle with the highlights a little and I'm not sure what else. The blue light from the left was there because . . . hell, I have no idea; it was the designer's vision or lack thereof. But my overall conclusion is that the D500 is good for publication purposes at least up to ISO 51,200.

And my upward limit, ISO 51,200

I confess that it wasn't until after I'd edited my pictures and shipped them to the newspaper that I realized the camera had taken it this far. I set 51,200 as my upward limit, though the camera goes much higher. Based on tests I've seen from others, 51,200 is the point after which image quality degrades more rapidly. This picture, I think, is as good as a 6400 from the D7100. (I've not shot a D7200; when it came out there was something about it I didn't much like, though I don't remember what -- probably t…

Here's ISO 1400

It's also with the lens zoomed back to 32mm, which is evidence of my suspicion that focal length is overwhelmingly important in the camera's decision as to ISO. It was shot at 1/60, f4.
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