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The drone of media and police helicopters covering the last hours of Occupy L.A. last night and early this morning was heard loud and clear across many portions of Echo Park. The sound prompted Echo Park photographer Brett Van Ort to drive up to the top of nearby Victor Heights, where he spent about two hours photographing the helicopters hovering over City Hall as police prepared to clear out the demonstrators below. Van Ort took the images with his Canon 5D Mark II, setting the exposure from 30 seconds to over four minutes for different shots. He uploaded several images of the squiggles and circles of light created by the helicopters into a blog post titled Occupy L.A. Sky.
But Van Ort was not the only one taking helicopters photos from the same Victor Heights vantage point. “There were two police officers out their cars taking photos as well.”
Van Ort recently returned to Echo Park after living for a few years in London, where helicopters are rarely heard or seen, he said. He is now working on a project photographing helicopters on large format film. Click here for more Occupy L.A. Sky photos.