These images were shot in Incheon, South Korea when I was laying over on my way to Thailand last year. I figured why not share them now as I flew a couple days ago and sitting in Costa Rica as I type this up.
Nothing overly fancy here with the editing. Just me and the Wacom tablet bonding. The images were shot on my Sony RX100M3. The craziest thing I did was the 2.4 to 1 crop on the first image give it a cinematic feel.
Home after 7 days in Florida and just exhausted from a late night arrival and heading to work. I had this image ready to go so I’m going with it after spending 2 plus hours trying to edit a bunch of images and nothing really working for me. While nothing spectacular I do like the clouds!
Shot while coming into Fort Myers. Sorry for the greasy finger prints and the smudges on the window. Tried to clean them up as best I could but editing on a 13″ screen is tough. So did the best I could.
For inquiring minds its was shot on my Ricoh GR.
Early morning flights are always a good time to get some shooting in. The image was shot at ISO 4000 but used some tools to remove it and did some color correction. The sky was that color since it was the weird hour between dark and dawn.
Used my Ricoh GR to get the shot and felt good to be shooting with it again.
While these aren’t images from my latest flight it is representative of modern travel anymore. You just rush from one place to the next. Another airport; another destination. They start to blur after awhile. I don’t even pay attention anymore as the faces and places blur by. So enjoy the adventures in modern travel.
I have been wanting to do a monochromatic cloud series. Ming Thein beat me to it but he inspired me to get off my lazy ass and edit the images. One of the things with editing photos shot through the thick glass of a jet moving at rapid speed is that grain shows in the images no matter what unless you take a ton of time to edit it out or size the images down so its not noticeable. I leave my images at 1500 wide to force myself to be a better photographer and skip the fix it in post mentality with removing noise. You also lose fine detail when you start to remove noise too aggressively. In this case with using SilverFX from Nik Tools to do the monochormatic conversion it adds “grain” to the image and while you can turn it off it disables other functions I use to quickly filter color. The upside is that it does add to the image and gives it the shot on film look.
I’ll skip my rant on people touching the damn windows in airplanes and how much I hate removing their greasy finger prints!
I have never been overly happy with my shots from planes. One of the reasons is I don’t sit on a window seat. I like to get up and move and telling people to move is a bit of a pain but when I have the chance to get a row by myself I don’t complain and I have learned to carry a camera with me. Granted I should have not been lazy and reached up for my Olympus EM1 but that would have been work. Instead I used my Ricoh GR and told it to do a 47mm crop on the image. A little known secret is you can switch the lens electronically from its base 28mm to a 35mm or a 47mm crop. It makes the camera a bit more versatile. Shooting out of a plane window is usually fraught with well, crap all over the window. Finger printers, unclean window on the outside, condensation and so on. I had to clean this image up a lot to get it where it was. A lot of the color was washed out but using the various tools at my disposal I got it to a place I could live with it. While not 100% its one of my better ariel efforts so please enjoy.
Oh, I went with the 16×9 crop to give it the more expansive feel.
These images are nothing special. They are barely edited to prove a point. I am going to relay from my Facebook post what happened when I took them.
If you are a photographer, regardless of your country of origin, stand up for your rights. 90% of the countries don’t care what you shoot. Learn your laws and respect them. Just don’t be intimidated by some individual that views their authority as a way to limit your rights.
So I just had my run-in with security here at the airport. First time in all my years shooting that I have had someone from the airport ask me why I am shooting. When pointing out that I am allowed to because there was no signs prohibiting it he backed down but said he could call law enforcement. Ok. Please call them and I will tell them the same. I have been there and done that before even with Federal Officers.
It pisses me off in this “age of threats”, his words; that taking a simple photograph would be cause of concern. Photographers aren’t criminals. We are allowed by right to take photos in public places unless otherwise posted.
What really annoys me was that there are tons of people using their cell phones for the exact same thing. Their quality is close to the camera I am using. Yet, no one says a word. Start using something that looks like a camera and you become suspicious.
So Reagan Airport you can not expect to see me.
I have went from no time to shoot to sitting on a back log of around 600 images to go through. I don’t want to rush the images I shot recently so I am going to take my time with them. This was one of those serendipitous moments that I looked up and saw the jet coming into land at Reagan National Airport and had my 75mm (150 equivalent) ready to go and took the shot. The lights lead to Memorial Bridge and the building you see in the distance is the Lincoln Memorial. It just happens that I am on a plane today heading to Panama so it seemed appropriate. Enjoy.