Waiting For Take Off

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.

Enjoy.

Waiting For Take Off

Fly By Night

Points if you get the title reference!

Trying to take a night photo on a camera that only opens up to 2.8 while moving at several hundred miles is a bit tough but I gave it the old college try. Neither image is perfect and its why I dropped the sizing down to 1000 pixels to hide the flaws that show up when you go bigger. Its more about the overall image effect versus one detail in them. The first image is some random city we were flying over. The second is Washington DC coming in along the Potomac and that is the Kennedy Center below. That is about the only good thing about flying into Regan National Airport is that the view is cool. Otherwise its full of paranoid fools worried about people taking pictures. Enjoy.

Fly By Night

Fly By Night

Plane Fun

I shared one image from the plane show I went to which was the Japanese plane. I shot a bit more but I wasn’t in a position to process them as I was on travel and forgot to bring a mouse which makes masking a bit of a pain without it. I wanted to shoot the planes differently then just the normal. I have a think for airplane engines in that I like the symmetry of them so I took a wee bit more of them then anything else but the angles on the rest give a different perspective of the planes I hope. Enjoy.

Plane Fun

Plane Fun

Plane Fun

Plane Fun

Selfie! My style.

Plane Fun

Plane Fun

Plane Fun

The Empty Feeling

I shot this after waking up at 4 AM for a 6:50 AM flight into Atlanta.  We landed some time around 8:30 and for terminal we came into it was still quiet.  Considering I had a 3.5 hour layover I just took my time with my Ricoh GR and was walking through.  I saw this guy just sitting at an empty gate and fired the shot.  I was going to leave it color but I hit black and white in Photoshop and loved how the guys silhouette just took on a life of its own.  Enjoy.

The Empty Feeling

Feeling Expansive

More from what is becoming my daily walks.  I felt like using the 16×9 crop for all these since they just felt more natural that way.  The Ricoh GR and the mighty Canon 330HS were used and its obvious to tell which is which.  The interesting thing with the Canon versus say the Olympus is I have a hard time telling them apart unless I look at the image names.  The Ricoh having a standard APS-C sensor which is larger than the Micro 4/3 sensor gives images richer tones.  Does this mean I plan on purging my Micro 4/3 gear?  Nope.  The reality is I’m invested in the lenses and chasing pixels is pointless.  If I was to ever ditch the Micro 4/3 stuff it would be for Fuji and their lovely X-Trans sensor which is magical on color saturation.  Only problem is no image stabilization in Fuji that I know of.  While I can hand hold at 1/30th of a second shutter speed on my Fuji X100s it requires me to pay full attention.  If I see 1/30th on the Olympus I can break out in dance and be pretty sure I get a shot. Unrelated note, I think I see another print run coming up for that flag picture.  That one is damn near magical with the colors.

Feeling Expansive

Feeling Expansive

Feeling Expansive

Feeling Expansive

Feeling Expansive

Prop Me Up – Part 2

Where I finish my obsession with airplane propellers.  These get a little closer to the fiddly bits of the engines or backed off and shot the full plane.

Prop Me Up - Part 2

Prop Me Up - Part 2

Prop Me Up - Part 2

Prop Me Up - Part 2

Prop Me Up - Part 2

Deus Ex Machina – Part 1

I like fiddly bits and mechnical stuff.  This is really why I went to the Udvar-Hazy Museum.   Just to shoot this stuff.  I have every intention of shooting it in black and white so if you aren’t into the mechanical you might want to move on.  To quote one of my favorite comedians who is Scottish so you must say this in a Scottish (Glaswegian for those of you from that area), “Its complete crap but I like it”.

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

McCarren

Flew home yesterday and had the trusty Canon ELPH 330HS on me (along with a selection of other cameras) but I like the ease of it instead of hauling out a bigger one from my bag.  While I took some Lightroom liberties these are straight out of the camera jpegs.  If you are willing to fiddle with some settings for your shot its a damn fine camera.

McCarren Airport McCarren Airport McCarren Airport McCarren Airport McCarren Airport

Flying the Stormy Skies

I know, it seems like I have only been in airports the last few days but I also shot some other things.  The airport stuff is kinda cool in that you get some dramatic views if you take the time to look out the window.  This was shot while waiting for the flight home.  That was a typical south west Florida storm that is furious rain for about an hour and then gone.  When I touched down in gloomy Virginia I discovered that we took off just before the storm hit.  I will admit to taking some liberties with the photo but it really did render this contrasty with color natively.  This isn’t in raw either, straight jpeg out of the camera.  I touched it up with a DxO Velvia 100 film pack and done.

Flying the Stormy Skies
Fuji X100S, 35mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/500