I’m a window seat kind of guy. Flying doesn’t bother me at all. I can watch a plane crash doco and get on my flight straight away no probs. Most of the time the Taxi ride to and from the airport is of more concern to me than any flight. But the trick with being a window seat person is to know which window seat.
That not only includes front or back of the plane, close to the wing or not, but also where is the sun. The time of the day of the flight and the location of the sun define where I will sit on most flights. As a rule I try for the sun side of the aircraft if flying early morning or evening. Why, because that is where the light is. Sunrise gives you the standard sunset, but also the low angled light on farm dams and other small water courses.
And Sunset. Sunset from an aircraft it just magical. But you need to be aware of the plane you are flying on, are you close to the wing, so that it will in every shot, or far enough forward or back you can choose. Sometimes a hint of wing is great in a shot, helps to act as a framing device and places the shot in context.
Most of the time I fly, I have my Sigma 18-20mm lens on. With only a UV filter. Forget taking a polarising filter on the aircraft, it will only show up the layers in the windows of the aircraft and as a general rule ruin most of your shots.
This shot was one of a few hundred I took on the flight, playing with the fading light, the reflections on the window, and tweaking the shutter speed to the slowest that I could hand hold on a moving plane, whilst holding the camera about 2mm from the window. Close enough to not get reflections from the cabin, and not to close as touch the vibrating window.
As for post production there was just a slight tidy and noise reduction in Lightroom3 and because Lightroom3 has lens corrections, I fixed the corner lens curves as well.
( and yes the shot was not taken at 10,000 meters, it was just over 11,000 but artistic licence in titles is allowed )
And there are photos that need just colour to tell a story. I’d like to think this is one of them.
Of course when someone left a comment saying my shot reminded them of a Murray Fredericks photo, I was of course thrilled.
And the EXIF data.
|Exposure||0.02 sec (1/50)|
|Focal Length||200 mm|
|GPS Latitude||36 deg 48′ 13.45″ S|
|GPS Longitude||146 deg 51′ 19.35″ E|
|GPSAltitude Ref||Above Sea Level|
And of course you can buy this as a print from Redbubble as well.