How many of us have tried taking a photo out the plane window? It can be a little challenging with the darkness of the plane and the brightness of the outdoors. So on my way to Philadelphia a week ago, I whipped out my GoPro to take a few shots out the window to see if the wide-angle of the GoPro would make for a good photo.
I took that photo while in the air, but when we landed in Minnesota, I whipped out the GoPro when I noticed an airplane on the other end of the runway waiting to take off. In order to catch it out my window, I had the camera set to take a photo every .5 seconds in hopes of catching it. Well, here was the result.
Nothing really earth shattering, but I think it just goes to show that my mind is almost always thinking about ways to photograph the world around me. My wife mentioned to me the other day that a lot of my life is seen through the viewfinder. Is that good or bad?
I have a 40-minute commute to work. Yesterday, I was sweating bullets on my drive in. Not because of traffic or the icy roads, but because there was a little piece of ice on my windshield that I wanted to photograph, but didn’t dare while traveling 60 mph on the freeway – and I was running a little late and didn’t have time to pull over.
The piece of ice was about the size of a quarter, but it was in the shape of a falcon. I kept imagining what the finished photo would like like, and what camera settings would be required to achieve those results. But why was this causing me to sweat bullets? Because as we all know, ice melts. I was determined to not use the windshield wipers for fear of killing my photo idea.
But if you’ve scrolled down to see the photo, you’ll notice there is no ice falcon there. While driving near a semi, the mist churned up by its tires covered my windshield, forcing me to use the wipers and destroying my masterpiece (dramatic, I know). I was only 10 minutes away from my destination, so I started looking at other parts of my car to capture a photo of ice for this week’s CTE photo challenge on the letter I.
When I finally arrived at work, I crawled into the back seat of the car, switched to my 50mm lens, played with the aperture, testing a few settings from f/1.8 to f/3.5. I was fairly pleased with the final outcome, but I really wanted that ice falcon from my windshield.
Canon 60D | 50mm lens | 1/800 | f/3.5 | ISO 100