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Aerial Photos

These are some photos taken during flights to and from Salt Lake City and Seattle. Nope, it is not a set of professional photos from special high tech cameras mounted on a slow moving plane. As if you couldn't tell that from the photos. Rather it is the end result of a de facto point and shoot technique from my window seat on Southwest Airlines. :-) The photos of Mt. Rainier were in better evening light and the rest were taken in poorer midday light. We got a nice view of Rainier on the outbound trip as we rounded counterclockwise around the West and then South sides of The Mountain. I missed out on a few nice photos on the return trip because I mistakenly thought that we had entered the no photo zone before we actually had. This is the first time I had ever tried taking pics from a plane. I didn't even bother trying to meter the light or anything else as I didn't know how well that would work through the two pane thick lexan windows. I just went with a simple auto exposure and hoped for the best. The ones of Rainier turned out alright, somewhat overexposed but still OK to me. They were taken from about 21,000 feet looking down at the 14,000 foot summit. Rainier is a familiar photo subject for me but this gives a much different perspective; although the grandeur of its size is constant whether filmed from the air or the ground:
Rainier Summit
Rainier Summit
Wing Tip and Rainier
Wing Tip and Rainier
Columbia River
Columbia River
Closeup of Rainier
Closeup of Rainier
Ridges on North Side of Rainier
Ridges on North Side of Rainier
Rainier
Rainier
Washington Fields
Washington Fields
View Without Zoom
View Without Zoom
Wallowas?
Wallowas?
B & W Rainier
B & W Rainier
Oregon, I think
Oregon, I think
Clouds and Columbia Crest
Clouds and Columbia Crest