I left Toronto on 6 February for a four month internship with an NGO in Asia. This shot was taken over the Pacific in my American Airlines Boeing 777 to Tokyo (where I had a three hour stopover before flying out to my final destination).
It was a pretty sleepless flight as it was daylight for the entirety of the 13 hour journey. Boredom set in pretty quickly as the movies on the seatback tv looped every few hours. This was one attempt to alleviate that boredom.
Michael notes in his critique that it doesn't look bright enough for daylight. The reason for this is that since it was so bright and everyone wanted to sleep, most of the windows were shut. I opened mine up a third for this shot.
I adjusted this on a pretty poor monitor and am not sure if I got the contrast quite right, pls let me know. Just to let you know, the original is bright, and evenly exposed, I darkened it on purpose b/c that's just how I see this pic. The question is though, is it too dark b/c of the poor quality of my monitor?
Post-pro: convert to b/w, levels, curves, sharpening.
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MKING (3054) 2005-02-17 22:49
Might be a tad dark but there's enough detail here anyhow-- just seems as if you shot this after the cabin lights were dimmed. Your timing is great with that flight attendant glancing back into the frame to close off the edge. Not sure that your image captures the sensation of it being daylight (were the blinds down?)
Anyhow, what sort of work will you be doing with the NGO and where are they posting you across Asia? This will be an exciting trip and I'll certainly be keepting tabs.
sohrab (7439) 2005-02-18 1:34
i lke this even if it's dark
gives me the feeling that the passengers are trying to sleep and the airhostess is checking around to see if anyone needs anything or not.
ok so it's not as bright as this one
buti still like it
where in asia are you alex?????????
markoci (3927) 2005-02-18 8:38
quality looks good (at least on my crappy monitor :-)..), i like the b&w. the stewardess is well captured and i like the converging lines in the ceiling. looks boring indeed, which i think is o.k., reflects well the mood on a long flight, but i still can't stop thinking there's something missing (wish i could tell you what) i think i'd like to see what she was looking at, perhaps a passenger's hand with a glass reached out(?) or maybe if the reflection in the screen was more interesting (wonder whether one of the movies could have been captured)
p.s. still going to mindanao? read your blog looks like you're in quite a rural area there, but further north from the southern muslim part. (i.e. where some of the bad news have been coming from lately) if all goes well i should be in manila by mar 5.
Midnight_sun (1941) 2005-02-19 9:46
Fasten seat belts while seated... the image on the tv looks like someone clutching their head? if so, it's appropriate for a long flight... i wish that detail was a little clearer as it certainly balances the shot well with the stewardess. good choice of BW. Enjoy asia on your new assignment!
joseelias (0) 2005-02-22 9:30
In fact I like it being dark, but itís not excessively dark in my opinion. Regarding the framing I like very much the placement of the hostess and the expression in her face. She looks very concentrated in what sheís doing and thatís good because it gives a casual feeling to the scene. Also like the writings in the front seat which reinforces the idea of where we are (it could be a train but there, there are no seat-belts).
The only thing Iím in doubt is your reflection in the screen as it looks a bit distracting and competes with her because they are the brightest part of the image. I think that it could work out well if you could bring up more details from the dark areas to show clearly the camera, but at the same time reduce much the bright parts. This way you would be visible but not interfere with the main subject of the photo.
AnimeshRay (9083) 2005-03-02 11:01
Now this is what I would call a superb take. You have this wonderful gift of even turning the inside of an aircraft on a presumably painfully long flight to a first rate image! What I cherish most in your photos is that the moments you capture are so revealing.
Peeotr (2228) 2005-03-02 18:01
Alex, I like it - this composition, womand behind the chair looking at unknown passenger... Mysterious. Good, good.
CaptainJack (0) 2006-01-10 1:25
Hello Alex, as a regular flier on this exact same flight over the Pacific, your note really hit home with me, and the image is fantastic. Wonderful output you managed under such unconventional lighting conditions. The timing of the shot as the flight attendant passes by is well done as well. Thanks for sharing!
- Copyright: alex felipe (RandomCameraGuy) (3069)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2005-02-06
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Canon 20D, 18-55mm/f3.5-5.6, @ ISO 1600
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-02-17 22:26