Slice of Life: Eyes in the Skies

WLS-TV helicopter

Recently yet another Illinois politician was sentenced to prison time.  It gave me a chance to break out my camera’s longer lens and take some pictures of the TV helicopters circling The Loop.

That’s WLS-TV’s “Chopper 7HD” in the photo above.  WMAQ’s “Sky5” is in the picture below.  Click on either one of them to see the picture in greater detail.

WMAQ helicopter

WBBM-TV’s helicopter was too far away to get a shot worth using.  WGN-TV’s helicopter wasn’t up for the event.  9 and 5 often share helicopter video.  11 and 32 somehow managed to cover the story without stunning pictures of black cars driving through downtown streets.






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