Window seat photography

Started Jun 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Window seat photography
Jun 24, 2013

Photography from the window seat of a passenger plane is basically a nightmare. Everything is against you, from the oily smears on the inside of the inside window from other peoples hair, to the condensation and frozen droplets on the the inside of the outside window. Then there is the lack of ability to control almost any aspect of the composition, not to mention the stern gaze of the crew, hassling you to turn off your electronic devices.

Add to this list of woes the loss of contrast in the scenes which can be so extreme that CDAF often fails to work at all. If only there was an infinity setting for compact cameras. If you have the misfortune to be sitting on the sun side of the journey (and assuming there are no clouds below) then decent DR may be all that stands between image success and failure.

This is Fuji F territory. The small camera size allows you to keep the camera in your pocket whilst taking off and landing, instead of under the seat. Using it you can take advantage of the one clear spot in the window where condensation and smears are absent, the camera can be hidden from sight quickly when crew are passing and best of all, the superzoom gives back critical control of the composition, even at 39000 feet.

Oh, I have forgotten to mention the wing. Here is a tip, if you want to take photos from an aircraft, ask to be seated right at the back of the plane. Yes you will be last to disembark, yes it may smell of other peoples old farts and yes the chicken option will not be available when the meal is served but the wing will be out of the way.

The other option is to sit in first class, ahead of the wing, but this is a post for the real world.

Some example images from two recent domestic flights in South Africa follow in the next post.

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