Takeoff from PDX | 1/1000 sec – f/8 – ISO 200 – 100mm
Back home from yet another week in Portland. The week itself was uneventful and just work. But my flight back, unfortunately once more with my “favorite” airline United, provided for another bad experience, just two weeks after my United disaster on my way to Memphis. This time all seemed perfect. Initially. Our Airbus A320 was perfectly on time, already out of the gate at PDX airport, when suddenly the captain came on and said we need to go back into the gate, as the aircraft was imbalanced due to improper loading, so they would need to unload bags from the back and put them into the front.
For sure I was happy the pilots found out while still on the ground, but then, fixing the screw up of the ground ops team cost us 45 minutes. Which is not good when my connection time in Chicago was just 55 minutes, which is already on the short side for such a big airport. I asked the flight attendant if they have any information on the connections, if they hold the plane or if we get rebooked. The answer I got was that they have no information and can’t get in touch with anyone on the ground. Comfortingly she said that they normally don’t hold planes and even try to get the international flights out on time and helpfully suggested that I could check the inflight magazine in the seat pocket for the fastest way to get from one concourse to the other. But she did offer me a red wine to help relaxing.
I had a window seat, and at least I got treated to some nice aerial views of Mount Hood, the barren landscape of Montana and of the Chicago skyline during arrival. For those photographs and how the story ended, continue after the jump…
Early morning light touches the summits in the Mont Blanc mountain range in the French Alps, captured from a plane at 28.000 ft en route from Toulouse to Munich. Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco in Italian) rises to 4,808 m (15,774 ft) and is shared by both France and Italy.
With the exception of intercontinental flights, where I prefer to take an aisle seat, I always try to get myself a window seat when flying. I never tire of observing the world passing underneath. And sometimes you are rewarded with great photo opportunities, like on this February morning when flying along the Alps.
Taken with a Canon PowerShot G12 with 1/400 sec at f/4,5, 140mm focal length (full frame equivalent) and ISO 80. Once again, when you shoot through airplane windows, use an open aperture (low f-stop number) and focus to infinity so you minimize image degradation through scratches and blemishes on the glass, even when in the case of this image you would have probably gotten away with it.
Let me see your Monday Mountains…post a link in the comment section and make this a new WordPress regular category.
I’m not sure if that category ever existed on WordPress, but if not I’ve just created it: Monday Mountains. In front of the magic light of an African sunrise this is the silhouette of the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano and with 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) the highest mountain in Africa. I took this image out of a regional airliner enroute from Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha in Tanzania to Nairobi International Airport in Kenya on our way back from our Tanzania trip in February 2016. The airplane flew about the same hight as the summit of Kilimanjaro.
The photo was taken with my Olympus E-PL7 with 1/80 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 800 at 42mm focal length. I sacrificed a slightly higher ISO for a higher shutter speed to avoid camera shake due to vibrations in the cabin of the Turboprop aircraft. Focussing was easy as I used the sharp contrast of the mountain slope as target for my single focus field. The relatively large aperture is needed to avoid getting dirt or scratches inevitable for airplane windows in the image. Focusing on infinity and a large aperture (low aperture number) is always a good trick to get clean images when photographing through unclean windows.
With no time for Street Photography I’m scavenging last years archive for some more impressions from Tanzania.
Like many places on this planet we were blessed with plenty snow this weekend. As I’m fighting a really nasty cold I didn’t use the opportunity to head into Nuremberg to photograph in the snow covered city. But Sunday late afternoon my significant other more or less kicked me out of the house for a little walk in the woods and fields behind our house. Initially I didn’t want to take a camera, but then again, which photographer leaves the house without one? So I grabbed the PEN-F and we headed out the door. And sure enough, in the trees just behind the house my little miracle happened. For the story and a couple more snowy sunset photos from Frankonia continue reading after the jump…..
Despite Streets Of Nuremberg being mainly a Street Photography blog I will throw in the occasional landscape photo. I took this image at the Scherauer Weiher, a fish pond near Leinburg to the East of Nuremberg. Here in Frankonia (Franken) we sure live in a beautiful area of Germany.
I took this photo with my iPhone. Remember the saying “the best camera is the one you have with you”? So true….