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Chasing Shadows...

Chasing Shadows...
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-16
Categories: Transportation
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anything to do with aviation [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-18 6:49
Viewed: 2644
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Been a while since I posted up a flightdeck shot - so here's one from two days ago as I was heading east in the darkness on the way to Hong Kong (some pics of HK to come).. At high speed heading against the Earth's spin the sun sets VERY fast, and from this high altitude of 41,000' (12,500m) it's actually possible to see the shadow of the Earth's curvature - something you'll never see down at sea-level.
This picture shows the view looking east (flying over Kunmimg) just as the sun goes under the horizon behind me - it's a little noisy because I used a variety of pp techniques to enhance the light levels to how they more realistically look..

EXIF - 1/3sec, f6.3, ISO320 at 10mm

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-04-18 7:02]

Hi David

Another fine shot from the cockpit, with good colour & sharpness. Excellent lighting contrasts, with a wonderful warm cold colour contrast, between the blue & amber. Tfs!

i once was invited into the cockpit by a pilot. i've always loved flying, and used to be very good with a simulator back in 1998 :)

i love the view, though photographically it shows a plain view of an aircraft's cockpit, but your note and treatment make it interesting enough :)

muhammad muhsin

What, no coffee or food this time?
Again, this is a fascinating view because most of us will never see this - the inside of the cockpit, nor the view from there. Yeah, a little noisy, but still the fascination factor cancels that out, at least for me.
By the way, how the .... do you get outta those seats? do you have to stand on the seat and climb over the back???? :)

Wonderful atmposphere with the cockpit lights and the blue curved horizon. Original and well done !
Best regards

This is just incredible David! I love these shots! You get a birds eye view of the world and that cockpit is really awesome. Lots of interesting things to look at, inside and outside! Nice work, as always!

Very nice shot of the cockpit here, lights are wonderful, it's like an HDR image, superb clarity even with the grains like shooting on film,i like the hasy effect of the BG,excellent composition, TFS



Stunning scene, David.
Not many of us have seen pictures taken during a flight of inside a cockpit.
Problem, now what is the name of this aeroplane ?
A380 Airbus ? No idea, Pls let me know. Like to copy it and send it to Georg.
Will asked him to capture one too like this.
btw, Your 'buddy' is holding his hand like my wife does when I'm overspeeding in a curve. haha
Thanks for posting this and looking forwards to your shots of HK.
Cheers from Jan

David, I really enjoy these shots. Such an interesting view. Interesting shadow. I've never heard of that before. I'm sure you see the world differently than most. What awesome opportunities that you have from the cockpit!

As always, this gives us a terrific view of your office. No photo of the wife and kids on your "desk"? hahahaha Can't wait to see the photos of Hong Kong. Lisa

Hello David
As others have said it's been a while since we've seen one of your flight deck shots. I love the different colours and tones that can only be encountered in this environment. Your pp has certainly made this look realistic - but it's a shame that nowdays a well intentioned and inquisitve passenger cannot see this for themselves, it would be great pr for the airlines.
Regards, Leslie

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-04-18 13:09]

Pretty interesting picture David and as is the note and the curving of the globe;],it shows us also that beside pilot(steering)you are controller.
Did you ever land on the old HK airport,nearly hitting the skyscrapers;]]



Damn, you must get moments where you sit in the cockpit and think "this is a great job!"

I LOVE the map lying on the console to the right, it conjures images of one of you peering at it with a "where the heck are we??"

What's the plane?

One of your best I think - this gives a terrific sense of being there, light, space, location and a great sense of what is beyond.


Hi David,
Wonderful impresion of your office, as know the officice with the most awesome view! Great how you captured the approaching darkness. Superb cockpit image.

N.B. I see you were 0,25 degrees of track ;-)

Hi David...great shot of the cockpit...I got to ride in the jump seat for a week when I was designing pilot seats for United...interesting. At the time I was flying a Duke which seemed much more frightening...One of my friends who was a check pilot for United flew with me and told me to sell it as fast as possible!


"Look Mum, no hands!"...Lol. Awesome shot David, very unique. What a great job, you must see so many amazing views from up there, photo opportunities everywhere. Very interesting colours outside and a nicely lit cockpit showing sharp details. Well taken.


Hi David,
A wonderful image vith superb shot of the cockpit.Well done.TFS.


Hello David!
Excellent effect, great colours and light!
Nice to see inside of the cockpit!
Best regards!

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-04-19 8:56]

Hi David,

Wow.. the blue horizon is beautiful.
Lots of high tech electronics here.


Bonjour David,

Nice shot beautifully exposed. Good sharpness in the cabine. Excellent use of the wide angle lens. I am planing to buy one soon. I hope the new Nikon 10-24 can be as sharp otherwise I'll consider Sigma. Amazing picture and TFS.


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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-04-20 14:19]

Hello David.
Interesting photo and a lot of detalis presnted.
Best Regards
Janek Kloss

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-04-21 6:06]

wow, love it !!!

I like your flight deck pics. It's great to see them as we are not allowed onto the deck anymore because of security considerations. It reminds me of times past when it was possible; I always loved it.

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