Photographer's Note

At first glimpse, I thought another airplane was next to mine at a dangerously close distance!

We all have frustrating moments when we miss a great photographic opportunity. And just occasionally we have a genuinely lucky break, being at the right place, at the right time, and having a camera on hand.

On our way to Tokyo two days ago, we flew out of Washington and changed planes at the Dallas-Ft.Worth International Airport in Texas — in advance of boarding the interminable 14-hour flight across the Pacific. As the plane circled over Dallas counterclockwise, the rising sun was briefly on the left side of the plane and I was seated in a window seat on the opposite or right side. The plane was just descending from a clear blue sky into the fog soup of clouds over Texas. Suddenly the shadow of the plane appeared cast on the clouds that served as a projection screen. The shadow, of course, was moving with the plane in a fleeting moment. And behind the sun was the reflection of the sun itself — on the western sky. And my iPhone 6, a favorite companion lately, was in my hands. This really represents one of those unexpected, once in a lifetime opportunities — actually capturing the sun rising in the West!

Warm regards to my friends,


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