Aerial photography

Aerial photography

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Aerial photographs

The beauty of the Earth from high above is amazing. I am collecting here some of my aerial photographs over mountains. Feel free to add yours as well!

A few hints

Taking photographs while flying is nothing short of difficult, especially if you fly on an airliner.

A few suggestions :
- use a strong anti-UV or Skylight filter. This will help to minimize the effect of UV rays that tend to diminish the clearness of images and cause a cold color cast.
- use a polarizer lens if possible, to increase clearness (avoid with airliner windows, however, which are made of plastic).
- get as near as you can to the window. This will help sending the windows blemishes out of focus. For the same reason, try to use an open aperture (shorter depth of field).
- You will typically get a low contrast image ("washed out"). Increase the contrast during the elaboration of the photograph. Unfortunately, doing this will also tend to pull up grain and noise, often to unacceptable levels. In view of this, use the lowest possible ISO settings. I also advise to use high quality digital cameras that produce low noise images. Excellent choices are reflex cameras : Canon in the first place, but Nikon is very good as well. These typically have lower noise than most digicams.
Fotografare dall'aereo è tutt'altro che facile. Una piccola lista di suggerimenti :
- usare un filtro UV o Skylight dovrebbe aiutare a diminuire l'influenza dei raggi UV, che comportano una diminuzione della nitidezza e causano una dominante fredda.
- se possibile, usare un polarizzatore, sempre per aumentare la nitidezza. Questo è purtroppo impossibile se si fotografa attraverso un oblò in plastica (formazione di iridi).
- Avvicinarsi il più possibile all'oblò e usare un diaframma medio-aperto in modo da sfocare al massimo le imperfezioni dell'oblò.
- In genere le foto aeree sono a basso contrasto (aspetto "lavato"). E' necessario aumentarlo in elaborazione (ad es. con Photoshop). Dal momento che questo intervento di elaborazione esalta anche la grana / rumore dell'immagine, è importante partire da immagini molto "pulite". Consiglio quindi di utilizzare una sensibilità (ISO) bassa, ed anche l'uso di fotocamere digitali con basso rumore d'immagine (in genere le migliori sono le reflex: soprattutto Canon, ma anche Nikon).


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Whitesail - Sep 4, 2006 3:22 am - Voted 10/10


I fly for a living and just whish I could take some of the above images!


allari - Mar 3, 2007 1:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great!

Thank You for your great contributions on SP. I look forward to get on board with you on some of your flights!!
Lucky man...

Jack B

Jack B - Sep 5, 2006 8:52 pm - Voted 10/10

John Scurlock

Hey, check out John Scurlock's huge collection of aerial photos from the Cascades. Awesome stuff.


allari - Mar 3, 2007 1:03 am - Hasn't voted

Re: John Scurlock

Outstanding work on that website. I will see if I can add a Links section...
Thank You


Norman - Sep 25, 2006 1:37 am - Hasn't voted


I just got a ride around Glacier Peak, Mt Baker, Shuksan in Washington State. I was thinking of starting a page like this, but no need. Way to go on a very good page.


allari - Mar 3, 2007 1:06 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Airplanes

Thank You Norman,
it looks like we had the same idea :-)


jfrishmanIII - Sep 25, 2006 4:23 am - Hasn't voted


Another site worth checking out if you like aerials is Take a look at this, for instance:


turistoalpinista - Sep 29, 2006 10:15 am - Voted 10/10

Perfect album

Great idea!


allari - Mar 3, 2007 1:16 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Perfect album

Thank You.
I appreciate your photographs a lot. Great work!

Kenzo Okawa

Kenzo Okawa - Jan 7, 2007 8:19 am - Voted 10/10

Wonderful view!

Thanks for sharing like these nice shot.


allari - Mar 3, 2007 1:01 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful view!

Thank You Kenzo for your comment and your great contribution to SP.


allari - Mar 3, 2007 1:00 am - Hasn't voted

Re: sweet!

Thank You!
I am impressed by your huge flying activity and informative photos and captions.
Ever flown or planning to fly over the Alps?
p.s. keep your 12 o'clock checked!! ;-)

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