Creating a Time Lapse of Your Flight

I normally do not get a window seat on an airplane, but on my flight to Ocean City from Philly I found myself in that window seat.  Before I left town I decided to take my window mount for my GoPro after watching some cool videos by another photographer Trevor Mahlmann. He has some amazing photos so go and check his new website out. I thought the flight would be short enough for a cool time-lapse so I put my GoPro in the window of the plane. After I made the photos I realized that I had my camera shooting a new photo every ten seconds. That was probably too much time in between frames. On a short flight like this I should have made more images. You learn with each shoot though so I now know that I need to shorten that length. It still is a great way to condense a flight into 16 seconds.

Being Clear About Your Intentions

As I was placing my GoPro on the window the elderly woman next to me started to look a little alarmed. I explained to her what I was doing, and I even showed her my camera. I missed some of the footage at the gate, and I did not check my settings to see that I was at ten seconds because of this. I did however put her at ease, and that was important to me. I never want my photography to  make someone uneasy.


puddle hopper

Photo of the Day

Today I will be on my way back home to Indiana. I am writing this over a week in advance so who knows how the trip went. Hopefully I have way too many good pictures from the trip so that I will need several weeks to show them all on here. For today’s photo though I chose a picture from just after we landed in Salisbury, Maryland on our way to Ocean City last year. I was at the front of the plane, and everyone else was in the back. I hurried up and got off the plane so that I could get this picture with my wide angle lens. I liked this shot for today because I will be flying out of Hayden, Colorado which has the code HDN. That same code is on the front of this plane. I love it when a plan comes together.

Technical Data

I actually struggled with this image. This was originally going to be a three shot HDR image, but I did not like how that turned out. I tried to bring the detail back in Lightroom for this shot, but it still did not look like the scene in real life. The problem there was that the eye sees much a much more dynamic range of light than my camera sees. Your eye can see 27 stops of light while the camera can only see five. That is why I originally wanted to make this an HDR picture. I used a couple of tools here to get all of the light where I remembered it being. This is the beauty of making pictures in the digital age. No longer do you have to chose what will be exposed properly. It all can be. I started off by sending a copy of the image to Topaz Adjust 5 for processing. I chose a copy of the file because Topaz will permanently alter the photo. This way I still have the original copy in Lightroom untouched. I applied the dramatic filter in Adjust 5 to bring out the beauty in the scene. From there I exported back to Lightroom so that I could finish the edit. I upped the highlight slider a bit as well as darkening my exposure. After that was all done my picture looked close to what I saw on the scene, and I was happy with my results.

SmugMug Link

Here is the photo above, but on my SmugMug site.

Landing in Ocean City