Getting the Shots: Chopper Drive-by

This may be my favorite 24 seconds of footage to date. John Deere Forage Harvesters have a top speed of around 24 mph (40 km/h), which doesn't sound too fast until you're standing near one. They'll blow by you in a 14-ton cloud of dust.

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Here's the intrepid video crew lining up the shot. We set the (painfully expensive) camera down on the ground and just told the drive to open it up. Most camera guys are in no hurry to let go of their equipment, but our guy was more than happy to hit record and get out of the way for this shot.

Can't say as I blamed him one bit.

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