Day 1-3: Getting to Africa

It took 37-and-a-half hours from airport to airport between Portland and Victoria Falls.  This included four flights and five different airports.  Between Portland and Seattle, we saw the most beautiful sunset.  This was also a really short flight, which made us very happy.  As soon as we reached cruising altitude, we went into our descent.  On the flight between Seattle and New York, we were witnesses to the aurora borealis to the north.  It followed us for much of the flight.  It was pretty difficult capturing it and it wasn’t as bright as I thought it would be.  The longest flight was between New York and Johannesburg.  Eventually, we reached Victoria Falls, which was a small airport that works manually, as in each visa had to be handwritten.  It took nearly an hour to process the visas for our flight of 60 or so people.

Sunset Above the Clouds

Aurora from Flight

A New York Morning

JNB

Immigration

Window Seat

Although it can be very inconvenient on a long flight, I love sitting at the window seat when I fly.  I try to travel by plane a few times a year.  Since I’m obsessed with geotagging my photos, I love the planes that have a personal TV and has the flight map within my reach whenever I want.

There is just something I love as the landscape changes from Point A to Point B.  Sometimes the storm clouds put me in awe as they reach higher and higher in the sky. When the plane ascends or descends, I love getting a glimpse of the skyline that I’m flying into or out of.

Sometimes photographing out of a moving plan can be really tricky.  Until recently, all electronic devices had to be off during take off and landing, which makes it a little more difficult to take a picture out of the window.  It’s also hard to obtain a level horizon when the nose of the plane is point at an angle.  Night flights are also challenging because of the fast shutter speed (and usually high ISO) needed to prevent blurry shots.

The follow photos are two of my favorite window seat photos.  The first was during take off from JFK.  I think it was taken somewhere along the borders of Queens and Long Island.  The second was estimated to be somewhere in eastern Oregon or southwestern Idaho.  I think there is a good possibility that it is Snake River or one of its tributaries.  We flew over Salt Lake City shortly after the photo was taken.

Wendy Ng Photography: Travel Others &emdash; Urban Sprawl

Wendy Ng Photography: Nature &emdash; Out of the Window