I’d like to introduce my Photo-of-the-Day series, cleverly christened POTD, which y’all can look forward to (because of course you are?) a couple days a week. I’ll include a charming anecdote, a visual dissection, and some tips for capturing & editing a similar image on your mobile device. All very exciting.
I almost exclusively sleep on airplanes, and after about three weeks of traveling around Europe plus Morocco this summer with my family, I was planning on going pro for napping-in-any-vehicle-at-any-time. But I always try to cut my beauty sleep short right before landing and negotiate an invasion agreement with my brother so that I can lean all the way over into his seat to hold my phone by the window when the plane finally breaks the curtain of clouds.
The results of said plan and agreement were several nice aerial shots of flying into Dublin on a rare sunny afternoon. I love this shot for the precision of its landscape, the horizon that softly melds together the hues of sky & earth, and the distinctive Ryanair wingtip that gives the image a stronger sense of depth and interest.
Tips for shooting from your window seat?
Take several photos from different heights, since as the plane descends the lighting often changes just because of where you are in relation to the sun at the moment. Contrast this other image I shot at a higher altitude with today’s POTD which was closer to the ground :
Don’t spend time trying to get a “straight” image (where the horizon is flat) while the plane is landing, since your photo will usually reflect the angle at which the plane is flying. Your phone (or any basic editing app) will definitely have a “straightening” feature that you can use to balance the horizon when you’ve hit the ground:
And with that, happy photograph-ing!