Photoessay: Window seat V

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Continued from the previous series of Window Seat photoessays…

I’m trying something a little different with the sequencing of this series. They aren’t all from a single flight – not even close – instead, the curation and ordering was done as an evolution of mood through ambient light and atmosphere rather than matching similar. I’d like to think this might be the view out of the window of a hypothetical flight where one got very lucky with seating, aircraft cleanliness and having the right focal lengths handy;. As frustrating as mist and cloud is when trying to get a clear aerial image (it reduces contrast, which you’re already battling for as you’ve lost some on the several layers of window and all of that atmospheric dispersion, leading to heavy postprocesing requirements and in turn the risk of color correction going out of the window or being downright impossible as there’s no channel information remaining) – I think on the whole it does add to that surreal sort of mood one feels when flying. It magnifies and reinforces the detachment from reality/ground/scale that’s already present thanks to altitude. As far as possible, I’ve tried to retain that look here. MT

This series was shot with a variety of hardware over a period of time, and mostly processed with Workflow III; SOOC is nigh on impossible for aerial work as there’s just too much atmospheric effect to cut through.

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Comments

  1. Nice and creative shot. Your colations are super cute, despite not being shot same time or day.

    JPcARes

    On Tue, May 5, 2020, 5:02 AM Ming Thein | Photographer wrote:

    > Ming Thein posted: ” Continued from the previous series of Window Seat > photoessays… I’m trying something a little different with the sequencing > of this series. They aren’t all from a single flight – not even close – > instead, the curation and ordering was done as an e” >

  2. David Lee says:

    I have never been a fan of talking photos from airliners. I am a pilot, and even though the windows in the cockpit are much better that the ones in the cabin, they’re still very thick and they distort a lot. I know there’s a lot of pilots that do it and do it well, but I just don’t find it appealing.
    One thing is for sure. I miss my flights to KL. Nice city and nice people. I was a regular at the No Black Tie jazz club..

    • Agreed, but sometimes we don’t have a choice. Ahh…No Black Tie…when I was young and stupid and thought it was acceptable to be paid for work in drinks. 😦

  3. Richard says:

    Is ‘I can see my building’ a valid comment? Lovely composition as always.

  4. jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    It makes you wonder how these pilots ever figure out where they’re going! Great opportunity for you to do something less boring than wrestling with the video monitor on the back of the seat in front of you though – trying desperately to find some worth watching INSIDE the aircraft!

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