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I had the opportunity to shoot images from the window of our airplane on our way to Myrtle Beach. I’m happy to say these turned out much better than expected. The images shown here include rural and cloudscape images, as well as a few abstractions. Images of New York City overhead and cityscapes at night from 35,000 ft can be seen on my Cityscape Details post.
I recently learned the mistake of preferring low ISO speed over a relatively fast exposure (i.e. 1/400th of a second) when capturing moving objects in camera. I learned the hard way from our previous trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Most of the images I took of the landscape were by boat as we traveled from Riu Palace resort to the infamous Rick’s Cafe. I shot around 1/125th of a second while moving around 15mph. Because my shutter speed was only 1/125th of a second most of the images turned out slightly blurry (in terms of movement, not focus). I thought shooting at 1/125th of a second while moving would be fast enough. I was wrong. This fact became even more pronounced when my lens was zoomed to 200mm.
Never again. This time I wanted to make sure I came home with clear, sharp images. The very bottom of this post has my key insights on shooting from an airplane.