Practical Photography Series # 4: The Views Up There
It's always my dream to be in an airplane . I always wonder what will be the view up there, and what will be the outcome of the objects on land.
In fact my first drawing consisted of a flying plane; it's not a caricature but a small model of it. I never underwent those stick figures when drawing objects that interest me. I easily copied the exact shapes of it, until I draw most of it in memory.
They say, I had this photographic memory. Though, I never rely on it so much these days because I want to collate never-before-seen moments in my life through my handy digital camera.
So, when the opportunity came to board a plane that started in 2001, the first goal that I've accomplished is to buy a digital camera, a cut from my first salary.
The result: I was branded of being the official photographer on board ship. That I didn't denied. I can't help myself to record scenery of other places and unforgettable moments aboard the vessel with fellow seafarers.
Note: This is the fourth installment on my Practical Photography series. You can also check my first three hubs on photography - 1. Rain Photo Essay, 2. The Morning Fog and the Dew and 3. The Rules of Third.
My 2007 flight, from Houston, Texas, USA then to Frankfurt, Germany was a fruitful one. I kept myself busy documenting things I saw from the plane's window. Those with electronic devices such as camera or cellular phones were advised not to use it during the take-off but can use it when the plane reaches 20 to 30 thousand feet up there.
I photographed cloud formations, the plane's wings, buildings that got smaller and smaller as the plane ascended. It's not a boring flight for me because the views outside kept me occupied. It's also an effective way to fight jet lag.
There were times that passengers experience air pockets that made the plane tremble. It's a bumpy road up there. Advises from the PAS(public address system) on board the place consisted of closing the window covers and continue fastening the seat belts. As it normalized, I proceeded on looking outside the window.
It's hard to focus the lens of your camera because the plane is moving. Some of my shots were blurry, I can only select some good shots and feature it here.
30, 000 Feet above Sea Level
Every wonder why commercial plane must reach that height to make the plane travel without glitches?
If you study aeronautics, it is being taught that its the most appropriate altitude to fly a plane without hitches. Although, turbulence can still be felt, but the given height above sea level will give us a comfortable flight, unlike if the pilot of the plane will not follow the flight standard rule.
Well, what do you expect that I will photograph with that given altitude? Okay, your guess is as good as mine. CLOUDS!!! Or the wings of the airplane, where the engine is located. I've seen how the jet fuel created white line outside, based from my seat at the economy part of the plane (seats nearest to the comfort room (CR).
Like I said, I whispered a request to the assigned stewardess, and she nodded with a warning. Don't overdo my activities, in order not to disturb fellow passengers. I was lucky to be located right at the plane's window. So, the view outside was so cool!
The long travel from USA to Europe, gave me an opportunity to quietly accomplish my hobby. Photography that is; and at a different level. A very high level, I said to myself. So, the results, as I transferred it in my net book (via USB driver) was mix of blurred and clear photos.
I was tired getting another set of photographs on our connecting flight to Hongkong, then to Philippines. My camera's batteries was already drained!
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Stopover at Hamburg, Germany (2007)
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