Some weeks ago I was discussing pickled eggs with Robi but in the end of our “serious” photo on-line discussion he also asked me why I chose ISO400 for my picture and I said I had absolutely no idea :) These things happen to me constantly and remind me a little bit of taking the wrong bus number like I did the other day and I had to walk back. I answered that maybe it would be wise to have a checklist with me like pilots have that I could go through …. ISO … checked, White balance … checked, Shutter speed … checked, Filter .. on, Tripod … oops ! in the car, Format … raw etc. etc.
This picture was taken this summer before a night flight to Moab and also here the pilot does a walk around with a checklist inspecting various parts of the aircraft but also the fuel and the oil levels while doing the outside check. This continues inside before you start the engine, before taking off, before landing, after you have landed and after you have parked the aircraft. This can be tons of stuff like setting the right amount of flaps for taking off or landing, programming the GPS and radio frequencies, checking the fuel colour for the right fuel, setting landing lights, closing flight plans etc. etc.
Don’t ask … but yes, it is NOT a wise decision to make a night flight in a single engine aircraft over rocky terrain with no chance to land anywhere and for those that have been to the Moab area know what I am talking about. We had someone on board with us knowing the area very well not only as a pilot and instructor but also as a geologist explaining some of the terrain below us. We landed in Moab shortly after sunset (the arches were already a little bit too much in the shade for good pictures) and returned in complete darkness following the highway for safety reasons, a lonely stripe of lights in the middle of nothing and I guess this was the real treat for me just a few lights, the engine going making me sleepy and the voices of the pilots over the headsets talking to the tower while preparing the landing.
Critiques | Translate
mark_mk (266) 2008-09-28 7:58
tolles Bild! Ich bin ja ein Flugzeugfan und deshalb liebe ich sowas zu sehen. Schöne Farben und Schärfe. Super Belichtung und ein klasse Himmel. Sehr schön, gefällt mir sehr gut!
Und wie immer liebe ich deine Notes, mach weiter so mit den Notes ;-)
Floydian (30970) 2008-09-28 9:20
Okay, nightflight, but were are the photo's from above...any chance to get Dead Horse Point? Yes i keep on bugging you with that :D
But, flying at late hour must be extra exiting and maybe too late for taking pictures.
I know the Moab surrounding, rocks and canyons, the only extra airstrip there must be highway 191 ;-)
Take care, Henk
Checking White Balance is not needed when shooting in RAW ;-)
leo61 (0) 2008-09-28 9:59
Mıt so was flıegst du also herum.Ich sass bısher nur 2 mal ın eıner sooo kleınen.eınmal um aus 4400 metern mıt Tandemmaster herauszusprıngen und eınmal ın Peru.
Gutes Lıcht hıer und schoene Woelkchen.Derer hatte ıch dıe letzten 2 Tage In Kapadokıen zuvıel und ıch sıtze nun mıt vshorts und sandalen an der Küste ın der Gegend von Mersın.
Gruss aus der Türkeı
Stepan (27210) 2008-09-28 10:05
The soft side light makes the moment cool and quite beautiful. The sky is great and the pov works very well. Must be an impressive experience.
fulvio52 (8314) 2008-09-28 12:05
Aaaaahhhh... baba flies!!!
Awesome light, awesome clarity, great shot!
Is this 16 km north of Moab, at that little airport along 191 Hwy, or... Colorado?
We drove by THAT airport a few weeks ago on our way down from Green River & once again when heading up for Grand Junction. Those mountains in the distance sure look like east of Green River surroundings.
Never mind, I LOVE THIS LIGHT, pure magic! Thanks for sharing, it makes me feel like I'm still hanging around there... he, he!
Have a nice evening, see ya soon.
xavshot (69835) 2008-09-28 12:31
j'aime beaucoup la lumière dans cette photo. La qualité de la photo me plait beaucoup. Beau travail.
aadilj (18102) 2008-09-29 3:17
The skies compliment the flying maching so exceedingly well and the two have been beautifully compsoed in tandem Barbara. An interesting shot indeed.
pboehringer (770) 2008-09-29 9:08
when you are ready the a photography check list I will be the first to order one from you. Are you doing online selling? I don't know how often I cursed myself later, already at home on my PC seeing shots form my latest trip and seeing that I didn't have the right settings. I adjusted the camera for a specific shot and forgot to put it back to where it usually belongs. I think Nikon should start to do an "auto-pilot" button for such 'Schwachkoepfe' like me ...
Flying with the last light? That reminds me of the famous movie "The English Patient". The scenes from above with the light and shadows made it one of the most movies ever. So, know that the pilot did all his check-up, inside outside, bottom, top, etc I wnat to see what kind of shots you did from the heights of the Moab with your ISO 400. Bring it on!
Waylim (25186) 2008-09-29 18:13
I don't have the fear of flying, but I don't necessary enjoy a free ride on it neither, the sky look king of threatening here, at least not in the condition that make me feel all that comfortable. I have flew many times in the third world country with ex Russian propeller air craft that must be more dangerous than this one where they can only flew by visual and follow the river as they guide. Not funny but, my love for travelling will not stop me from going places. Okay, I don’t know if this has anything to do with your image but I’m just Bla bla bla on. I guess maybe I’m trying to say that you follow your dream and do thing you like to do and I admire that attitude and spirit. And thank for sharing with us the experience.
And as for this image, it’s very pleasant, I like the very soft colors and muted tone but very rich and natural. Nothing over the top. The composition is great, the light shadow very soft and subdue. Good clarity and sharpness. You are like me, I sometimes don’t know why I choose ISO 400 for my image. Many times I just forget to change setting, thank god I was not flying an air plane with my camera, that would be scary. :} “Ahhhh, we all going to die.” But you do have to agree, some of my shots come out okay. And I’m still alive.
gunbud (34066) 2008-09-29 19:21
What a beautiful sky with its lovely mixture of silver and blue colors seen looming over these two contrasting aircrafts.
Wonderful light renders very soothing shadows across the runway as you prepare for your evening flight.
With a camera it is not quite as critical to have a check list as it is for your intrepid piolet.
Thank you for your kind and humorous comments to my photos.
avene (12675) 2008-09-29 20:56
somehow the last lines of your note sets the mood for this photo, although in the note you talk about returning in complete darkness. the soft light, the soft and puffy clouds, the luminous shine to the scene create that dreamy and seemingly weightless mood that I like a lot. like when the leave from the tree slowly glides in the wind - no effort, just lazy pleasure. and may be a little sleepy :)
the light is really beautiful here. it feels a little harsh, but at the same time it shines, and the big shadow in the foreground seems to be getting ready for flying too. I wouldn't mind joining it :)
p.s. call me silly, but I've always liked flying in small aircrafts, I feel so much safer there. you know, like riding a bike, compared to driving a big BMW :D
plimrn (21344) 2008-09-30 8:20
A great combination of sunlight and shadows; you really managed the light well in this nearly backlit subject. The low light adds nice depth and clarity to the colors. In spite of the beauty of the photo, the real star here is your very human note: first with the checklist comment and then your discussion of feeling safe flying. I'll be the next to buy your checklist - of course that will be what I leave in the car!!
I think we both fall into the category of photography as a means to enhance travel rather than travel as a platform for photography.
mesutilgim (83056) 2008-09-30 11:17
Den hatte ich "ueberflogen" !
Recht beeindruckend hier der Himmel (wie ein Baumwollfeld) sowie das Licht !
Ein gutes Beispiel dafuer, dass es ueberall etwas zum photographieren gibt, nur wenn man "sehen" kann !
Auch gute und interessante Info's.
Ein guter TE Beitrag.
aus dem sonnigen İstanbul
brandstaetter (15915) 2008-09-30 12:46
hier hast Du aber ein fantastisch weiches Licht erwischt...die Schatten, die aus dem Gegenlicht herauswachsen, geben dem ganzen eine schöne Tiefe.
Ein Foto, das gleich die Sehnsucht weckt, nach Ferne, nach Freiheit...einsteigen und ab.. :D
rasto1893 (532) 2008-10-01 1:58
Fantastic, the clouds at the sky all is very nice at your photo, good composition sharpeness and light,
It´s really interesting
ktanska (24626) 2008-10-01 3:55
I surprise even myself being less thrilled about this as a trasport fan. Sky is good and the stripes on tarmac look interesting. I wonder where they come from.
But the planes are on their own shadows. And the way they overlap makes composition restless. Especially compared to your usual clear style.
dareco (17134) 2008-10-01 5:04
This has a really great mood to it, very nice pov and lighting. An interesting scene as well. Great work! TFS
Nicou (120504) 2008-10-01 8:32
tu travaille à alitalia, gage. très belle image de cet avions et ce ciel, il est vraiment mangigique, superbe image et captage.
Bravo et amitié
jvachon (548) 2008-10-01 21:26
I am thinking you had great fun flying all around that area-with every day being a new adventure.
Soft light, nice POV and a great sky.
danyy (0) 2008-10-03 12:03
je trouve les lumières un peu fortes et les contrastes peu accentués. Un cadrage sur le sujet résussi et une mise au point précise. Un commentaire très instructif. Amicalement, Daniel
tehanu_f (6896) 2008-10-05 9:00
oh, I have the same problem. sometimes, when I see something, I get so much excited that I get carried away and forget to check the iso value, like, for instance, I did on holiday in Antalya. when I climbed the summit, the view was sooo charming that ı started shooting right away only to later find out that all the shots were ruined by terrible noise! anyway, such thing happen! ))) so I guess you did some noise reduction here. if not, then D300 is as good as I expected.
Jonas_Schmitt (3074) 2008-10-07 11:23
Ein sehr schönes Bild von diesem Flugzeug, echt toll. Die Schärfe ist 1a und der Himmel gefällt mir auch sehr gut.
Danke für die lange und ausführliche Note, ist immer wieder toll zu lesen :)
CaesarP (3924) 2009-01-11 5:43
very nice place and atmosphere you have captured here,
you either just came or you going to fly over this very interesting state.
I suddenly get higher heart beat to see that sort of scenery.
Thank you for sharing
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2009-01-14 14:11
The sky is amazing! It creates a lovely background for the picture.
fanni (14377) 2009-02-22 14:52
I have read your note with much interest (and I especially agree with the first paragraph LOL), and also I have read your reply to Kari (about family photoalbums etc). I, too, thought there was something strange about the composition - that 2nd plane!... but very often we shoot first and then think and choose and check (see parahraph 1) :)
but I also must say that sometimes photos "from a family album" turn out to be much better than those which we specially take "for the honourable public"!
I think that this photo has a special mood, it has a special cold colour gamma which seems to be telling us how dangerous it is to fly at night...
briefly speaking, I like planes! and I like this one, too :)
- Copyright: Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) (8829)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-06-08
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: NIKON D 300, Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED, Circular Polarizing
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Looking down [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-09-28 7:22