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Practical Photography Series # 4: The Views Up There

Updated on November 3, 2011

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.

Amazing Clouds by Travel Man (2007)
Amazing Clouds by Travel Man (2007)
The Wing by Travel Man (2007)
The Wing by Travel Man (2007)
Texas, USA- Aerial view by Travel Man (2007)
Texas, USA- Aerial view by Travel Man (2007)

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.

Sea of Clouds by Travel Man (2007)
Sea of Clouds by Travel Man (2007)
Buildings of Dream by Travel Man (2007)
Buildings of Dream by Travel Man (2007)
The Structures Below by Travel Man (2007)
The Structures Below by Travel Man (2007)

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!

Jose Mari Chan - Love at Thirty Thousand Feet c/o 65Seasons

Stopover at Hamburg, Germany (2007)

Hamburg, Germany by Travel Man (2007)
Hamburg, Germany by Travel Man (2007)
Travel Man in 2007
Travel Man in 2007


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thesailor: Clouds are different each day; although we always know four major clouds, like, cumulus (sunny), stratus (gloomy), cirrus(fair) and nimbus (rainy or stormy). I always imagine what is like to be above it and true enough, I happened to board a commercial plane.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Romano Arnesto: You should be there, too! It's like I'm a bird looking down and appreciating views that I'm seeing below.

    • thesailor profile image


      7 years ago from Seven Seas

      The views up there are really awesome. You can see, almost all the creations of God below and up there, clouds resembling familiar figures that you can interpret silently while appreciating it.

    • Romano Arnesto profile image

      Romano Arnesto 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow, you've seen a lot from above! Thanks for featuring those rare photos. Not all people are given chances to ride an airplane. Kodus to you!

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Arian Rey: You're building my confidence to contribute more of my collection. Thanks for that positive comment.Clouds are like cotton candy that I can pluck and eat little by little (cravings, huh! LOL!).

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974: Thanks for that awesomeness you've seen on my photos. Gliding or floating over the clouds can be fun. I haven't tried it though, LOL!

    • Arian Rey profile image

      Arian Rey 

      7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      I'll agree with earthbound by saying 'awesome' to be up there! As if I'm a bird enjoying many scenes below.

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      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Awesome shots. I like the clouds more; as if I can float along with it...given a chance. Thanks for sharing it!


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