High Above The Clouds

2002 – The left wing of a large jet airliner at high altitude over North America. Photo © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

Why this photo? It shows nothing but the wing of a large aircraft. Anyone could have taken this photo. There must be thousands of these shots on the Web. Well, well, let me explain then.

Back in 2002 when I captured this photo, you were restricted to film if you wanted high quality shots exceeding 4 Megapixels or so. That’s why there were generally not many of these shots available, and even fewer on free websites.

Secondly, you (still) need to be lucky to get a window seat on the correct side and sit before the wing. If you’re seated at the wing, you will mostly see the wing but not much more. If you’re sitting behind the wing, your view will change again. However, often the seats before the wing are assigned to customers of the more expensive Business Class.

And finally, you need to catch the right moment. You will be out of luck when you have an overnight flight, because it will be – dark.

Whatever, I like the large snow covered patches on the ground and the nice sky that gently moves from light into dark blue.


The high resolution image

Capture Date2002
LocationSomewhere over North America
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28mm f/2.8
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2000 x 3000 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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