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Flying high

Flying high
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-12
Categories: Humorous, Transportation
Camera: Canon 400D Rebel XTi, Sigma AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS, Compact Flash 2-2gb, B-W UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vandana's Favorites II, TL LowLands meet - September 2007 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-26 15:55
Viewed: 3338
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Treklens we are here in Koln (Cologne) - Germany
Sitting in a cable car over the Rhine River and crossing the North South Autobahn .
I still dont know how I managed to take this photo, since i was shaking all the time, due to a fear of hights..
Anyway..I got out alive ..

This day was one of the TL meet of the Lowlands last september.
In my cabin was my Bro in Law Jose and Vandana2923
(both VERY relaxed)
There was a second cable car in front of us, With Vassilis..in TL *Vsinopoulos* and his lovely wife
Tanya, and Hans * Greenbaron*
Some crop to come up with two nice lead-in lines right
and left below,
Resized to TL standard
little 'unsharp mask'
Frame added and in 'Layer':
Layer style' > drop shadow

Thanks for your pop-im Folks


John T

Am thinking of selling one of my camera's, the 1 year old Canon 8,2 million pixels 30D body.....
ps ps
About my Fear of hights, I come up with this Quote:

"To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none."
-Sir Francis Bacon

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nice shot John............tfs

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2008-03-26 16:34]

Dear Sir John,

Yes, I have travelled on this autobahn and the Köln Zoo is near the bank of the River Rhine. It reminded me my stay in Germany during. A beautiful shot of the running flow of traffice and a wonderful scenary. Well done my friend.

Thanks for sharing this image.

Hello John,
Very nice composition and pov, good colors and lovely light, excellent sharpness and very good depth of field.

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-03-26 17:56]

Love the pov here going the distance. Heights are kind of scary so just take a deep breathe and click the camera several times get down and breathe like there is no tomorrow ;) You did great! I love this view!! TFS

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-03-26 18:41]

Hi John

Good lead in lines, from the freeway bridge, or should that be autobahn? Excellent diminishing linear perspective. I like the hooked curve, at the vanishing point, & high pov. Tfs!

Hi John,

A lovely view . .
The road guides our view to see the far end of the bridge . .
You did great managing stability of shooting this image . .
Well composed . .


Hello Johnny,
AHA...I remember this shot you were trying to take...
and also remember who scared you were in that cable car.
Beautiful perspective (irrespective of your fear of hight).
I see the Autobahn going down till end of photo.
Nicely framed and presented.
Thanks for bringing back good memories :-)

Hoi Johnny
Alsof we in een vliegtuig zitten.
Nou, ik ben ook geen held in 'de hoogte'
Een staaltje van lekkere fotografie met inderdaad die twee hoeken onder,
geeft een mooie inleiding. Horizon lijkt iets rond ?
Een view alsof het een politie camera is :-)

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-03-27 2:34]

Hi John,
It's a beautiful catch and knowing under which condition it was taken it's an EXCELLENT catch :))) Great timing for this great composition and nice perspective. Well done my friend.

Hi John,
Beautiful Autobahn photo,nice perspective.
Best regards,

( :

Hoi John,
Heb wel een grijns op mijn gezicht bij het lezen van Vandana's commentaar: "...and also remember who scared you were in that cable car." Hahaha heb ik niet geweten :-)
Now the picture itself: a fine perspective view, both lead ins (your specialty) take my eye from bottom to top excellent done. One remark; the horizon appears not to be level. Overall a fine posting John. Good memories.

hello john!
wonderful view and great perspective, i like it.

Hi John,
Oh my you ARE a brave soul! I don't think I could of done this, we have a tram near our new house on JayPeak mountain, I don't think you'll be seeing any photos of it from me! Neat shot you got though! TFS

Hoi John,
Very beautiful high perspective,
Excellent,colors, composition and details.
Well done my friend.TFS.

Hi John,

Very intresting composition and POV, excellent details you captured and natural colors. I remember, exact one year ago, after a day spent in Zoo Koeln with my son (next to the cable car station), he wanted "flying" with the gondola over the Rhein and we visited another bank too, in that beautiful park with a mini-train in which, of course we had a ride. :-)
So you have fear of heights, in this case we cannot take photos from the Campanille in Piazza San Marco. :-))

Have a nice evening,

Hi John
Photography can sometimes be an extreme sport. The perspective here is very nice and I was wondering how you managed to shoot this till I read your note. You had the best vantage point. The image is sharp and the depth of field is perfect.
Nicely done John

You overcome a lot in order to shoot a great picture, John. I addressed the theme of "Fear of Flying" (or heights) in one of my paintings. I would link you to it, but the image might not be apropriate for all. Since you know my site, check it out under the tab 'Early Works'.

Hi John,
I was wondering how you took this photo! Cable car! I'm dizzy just looking at the photo, much less how I would feel had I been there! LOL. It's a nice shot of the autobahn. My eyes want to follow the road throughout your photo. Nice perspective of the road, river, and the flags add interest too.

Now, how are you going to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge from above in California?? :D


This is some fine POV here.
Great view onto the autobahn.
I like the crop where the bridge covers all bottom part of the image from one corner to the other.

At first I thought it was taken from an airplane's window while preparing to land at a nearby airport ;-)


Nou John,

Jouw POV is wel even een stukje hoger en jouw lead in is oneindig .... maar voor de rest precies hetzelfde idee.
Brr, ik heb hoogtevrees, maar het uitzicht is het wel waard.
Heerlijke opname.

Prettig weekend,

Hola John, amigo !!!

Muy buena panorámica y excelente perspectiva, la composición de las lineas convergentes estan perfectas. Muy buen trabajo ;-)


Pako, Francisco & Francesco : hehehehehe

Excellent POV and perspective John! Very well taken and presented!
Have a great weekend,

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-03-28 9:43]

Hi John
This over view is just very good. The bridge spreading nicely and creating a great perspective and the colors are lively and the foto sharp.

Hi John,
Fantastic daily life shot...
Perfect perspective and excellent detailles.
Çok beğendim. Eline sağlık. Teşekkürler....
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-03-28 12:43]

Hoi John
Mooie gelijkmatige shot met een goede diepte
Nerveus ? Nits van te zien, geen bibber onscherpte :-)
Gooed weekend maatje


Merhaba John,
Çok güzel bir fotğraf, çok güzel bir perspektif.Eline sağlık.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-03-28 15:15]

Hello John, very good shot! There is no trace of shaking at all! :-) Well seen and well done, a courageous picture! Thanks,


Hello frere, this is very nice and what a chance there is a cable cabin over the autobahn :) And Koln, the city where was held the Koln Concert of Keith Jarrett.
This is very well done, what a great pov, so sharp, great mood, nice light even if it was a cloudy day.
I didn't know you are afraid of heights :)
No problem with your friends beside you!

Great work! Cheers :)

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  • NecipP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 669 W: 16 N: 404] (4722)
  • [2008-03-28 17:51]

Hello John, great pov and v. sharp detail w/ good dof. tfs Rgds Necip

hello JT,

nice shot from above there.. :) i seen the beauty of Germany from the above only.. the plane was flying low when it past here.. here.. love to visit the whole Europe one day..

well composed with good light despite being scared of height. well done.

regards, terry
pl :))

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-03-29 0:49]

hi JT

Afraid of height, with you big body size? You should try more outdoor stunts!

Very good composition of what we will see if we visit Koln and take cable car. Anyway I get to see it here for free. No need to fly there.

TFS, bill

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-03-29 2:03]

The lead in lines do indeed make this very effective. I love all the flags and their colours marching off into the distance. A wonderful skyline makes it a great composition, indeed. It is a wonderful view and it must have been thrilling to be in the cable car to capture it. I am pleased your photography instincts won over your fear of heights, so we could enjoy this marvelous view too. Very well done.

I am dizzy to watching your photo John . I'm Kidding.

Excellent POV . You did great John. Congratulations.

Thank You

- Josée (Be right back with my green smile)

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  • nface Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 3] (457)
  • [2008-03-29 9:27]

Hello John very good composition good idea , excellent shot


Hi John, if I know I can get down easy enough heights don't worry me. A good POV, lovely colour and regardless of the camera shake very good detail :). TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Palette of Blues’

Merhaba Dear John,
This is a really Wonderful place and very beautiful Autobahn photo.Congrats!!!!

Hi John,
Very nice perpective of the way (autoroute) and bridge, well presented and composed landscape , Excellent POV. and details, Very well done,
My compliments,

hi john, i am glad you had the nerve to shoot this, it has an excellent point of view, really makes a dynamic composition,

Hi John, a very good work with this perspective on the road, it looks majestic with this great depth and the the colorful cars on the grey road.
Have a nice night.

I'm a bit afraid of heights too John! So keeping a camera in hand distracts the fear enough! It was the only way I was able to ride in that helicopter last spring! Very nice shot, love the cars on the bridge! Much more interesting that just the river!

Hi John,

Lovely shot from an excellent high POV, and special for me, bringing memories of a great time with T.L. friends.

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-03-31 15:55]

Mooi hoe je die railings in de hoeken hebt geplaatst terwijl de baan niet saai naar het midden van de foto loopt, John. Echt een goeie compo. Het licht is hier ook best goed, zelfs zonder zonneschijn.
Voor de drop shadow moet ik zeggen dat de hoek die je gebruikte voor mij niet echt werkt, het licht zou zo van onderen moeten komen... Maar goed, da's framing en je kent mijn mening daarover hé.
Mooi. TFS

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  • Loup Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 73] (1327)
  • [2008-04-01 0:56]

Hi John,
I understand you ...I do the same whit the strom :o))) But now we know it's gave us a WONDERFUL SHOT adrenaline and a Amazing picture !!!
Beautiful colors and lights .
Thank and have a good day .

Hello John :o)

Impressive and nice shot ! You took risk to capture it :o) Great perspective which leads my eyes till the top of the shot. Bravo !
Cable car = télécabine ?
Best wishes

;) later

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-04-02 6:50]

Kölner wasser and Kölner brüge und Autobahn.
Ho kann um mehr fragen?
Great presentation, good light, good POV, once again you have done well.
Are you ready for the cruise??????

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2008-04-02 15:22]

Hi John
A wonderful capture here, really lovely view and a nice idea. The frame a bit is only pulling the eyesight away.

Hello John,
Photography enthusiasm was the reason how you managed to fight the fear of heights, sir.
Lovely perspective, diminishing lines of this renown high speed autobahn. Very nice shot.
:) later

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-04-07 6:14]

Nice shot John & bravo. I can't take such a photo as I have fear of heights too. Well done.

Going through your gallery, I am facinated with this capture, John!
Very well composed and sharp all the way with John T style...
Most excellent!

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