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Clousdscape at 40,000 feet over the Caribbean Sea

I returned from my trip to Port Antonio, Jamaica late Monday night after a lengthy delay with the plane leaving the tarmac in Kingston and further delays upon arrival in Toronto. It is never a good sign when you watch the pilot walking across the tarmac on his way to the back of the aircraft with a roll of duct tape in his hand. As it turned out the plane had a crack in a fire retardant panel in the rear luggage compartment and due to safety reasons was unable to fly with luggage in the hold. The plane would have to fly back to Toronto leaving the rear luggage compartment empty. Upon arrival in Toronto folks would have to wait and see if their luggage made its way back in the front luggage hold. Any bags that did not make their way onto the plane were going to be transported by West Jet to Montego Bay and flown up to Toronto the next day. As luck would have it mine did not which meant a further delay to line-up and fill out the necessary paperwork for the delivery of the luggage at a later date. A tip-of-the-hat to West Jet for delivering my suitcase to my door-step in less than 48 hours of my arrival home.

While it can often be difficult to create decent photographs through the plexiglass windows of commercial airlines it is still worth a try when conditions are optimal and interesting compositions present themselves.Whenever I fly I book a window seat in advance and select a seat near the front of the plane so that I do not encounter the heat distortion from the airplane’s engines, which would affect images photographed from the rear of the plane. When I am creating the photographs I keep the lens as square to the plexiglass windows as possible and position the lens close to the window without touching it – there is a lot of vibration on the window pane. In addition, by shooting with a fairly wide aperture the scratches in the plexiglass windows, especially those found on older planes, will not be noticeable in the resulting photographs. The cloudscapes here were photographed with an f-stop of 5.6 at 40,000 feet over the Caribbean Sea, while the plane was traveling at roughly 500 miles per hour. The first image was captured at mid-day while the second image was created during the last hour of daylight. Which is your favorite?


Cloudscape over the Caribbean Sea

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Horseshoe Lake at sunset

One evening while at Horseshoe lake in Ontario’s Parry Sound / Muskoka region I was watching the sky for possible sunset photography when I noticed the clouds were blowing by fairly quickly. Although there wasn’t much in the way of color, I thought the movement in the cloud formations would provide an interesting element to the composition that would make-up for the lack of stunning sunset colors. I knew that I wanted to record the forest at the edge of the lake as a silhouette to hide the boats and docks so I did not use a grad filter to even out the lighting. I exposed for the sky and allowed the forest to go black. An exposure time of 30 seconds recorded nice movement to the blowing cloud formations.

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Just returned from fall colour shoot through Ontario’s eastern region…much editing to do over the next few days. Here is one of my first images processed from trip. This sunset was photographed at Grand Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park’s north-eastern region accessed by Barron Canyon Road. I arrived at the Achray campsite minutes before this sunset peaked. A Singh Ray 2-stop grad filter was used to hold back the sky. Throughout this week I will be posting images from this recent shoot. Hope you like them.

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Here’s one from a couple of weeks ago. These cotton clouds were irresistible as they were floating over this farmscape. The crop in the foreground is winter wheat and the crop near the barn is corn, in its early growth stage. I will be shooting this again soon as the winter wheat is now golden and almost ready to harvest. Often, when I am not on the road shooting I will go out for quick drives around my rural home for some agriculture photography.

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