Corona, California, is a prosperous and rapidly-growing sprawling city of 150,000 in Southern California with excellent police and fire departments. One thing that is rather unusual for such a small city is that the police department owns and operates a Bell 407 Jet Ranger helicopter based out of Corona's small airport. Over the past couple of years, hanging around the airport with my camera, I've made friends with the helicopter's crew members and taken numerous photos of the chopper. Last week I finally decided to compile my best photos into a very small portfolio and print out 8x10's of them on my Epson R800 for presentation to the police chief and the crew members. These are the selected 8x10's. #1 - It's quite a challenge to make a helicopter sitting on the ground look "sexy" but a very colorful setting sun reflected on the plexiglass and body made this shot a bit more interesting. #2 - Crown 1 preparing for takeoff. Taken at dusk (much darker than the picture makes it appear) with the 24-120VR lens, 120mm, 1/15 @ f/5.6, ISO 1600 with a D50. Quite severely cropped, so the noise was actually less than I'd expected. #3 - Crown 1 taking off. Lots of PP required for this one including cloning out telephone wires and a portion of a hangar roof at the bottom right, plus quite a lot of levels, brightness and contrast adjustment due to the contrasty light. And no wonder the guys in the helicopter are looking at me because I was very close. This was taken at 65mm using the 18-200VR. #4 - A close-cropped shot of the Crown 1 crew. #5 - Finally, a shot of Crown 1 doing double duty supporting the Corona Fire Department with fire suppression on a brush fire that threatened homes within the city limits. Thanks for looking.