Photography abstracts from the airplane

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I’m an aisle seat kind of gal, but every once in a while I’m in a window seat (and I try as hard as I can to avoid the dreaded middle seat near the bathroom).  When I know I’m sitting near the window, I’ll ask Peter if I can borrow his point and shoot that has been converted to an infrared camera, and I will pass the time staring at the scenery below me.

If you get a window seat and want to take photos try these tips:

  • Pick a seat that is not over the wing.  Online sites like SeatGuru can help you figure out where your seat is and if you can get an unobstructed view.
  • Try to wipe the window with a damp cloth.  I know, your fellow passengers will give you the side eye, but you want to improve your chances of getting something good.
  • Don’t put the lens to the window.  The plane vibrates and this will cause your images to be soft, or worse, blurry.
  • Try to shoot eye-level and keep the back of the camera parallel to the window.  This isn’t always easy, and sometimes you end up with too much sky.  When I shoot down, I use the Transform feature in Lightroom to try to “stand my pictures up vertically”.

I love flying through the middle of the country and capturing the geometrical shapes below me.  I will try to “stand them up” and then will use different techniques to change the colors.  Topaz Restyle is still my favorite application.  For the pictures below I used a variety of tools:  Lightroom presets, on1, AlienSkin Exposure X, and Silver Effects Pro 2.

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