Winter dawn over Bavaria

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Taken a few weeks ago on an early-morning flight from Istanbul to Munich.

Thanks everyone for the kind comments on the last couple of photos. It's been nice to have have some time the last few days to reconnect with several flickr friends. Hope you all had good holidays. Cheers and thanks for stopping by!, jmtimages, and 23 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. raehein 51 months ago | reply

    wonderful pov! hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  2. mm767cap 51 months ago | reply

    Woah! That is a WONDERFUL freaking scene from the plane. Looks great Jeff.

  3. Matt Abinante 51 months ago | reply

    Beautiful.. rare sight to see an aerial shot of a city under a blacket of snow..may be my first

  4. parkflavor 51 months ago | reply

    This is super cool Jeff! I love those colors and I'm surprised you got such clarity from a plane in low light. Sweet view.

  5. Jeff Eickhoff 51 months ago | reply

    Thanks, all. Chris, one of the nice things about shooting from a plane is that since everything is miles away, you can shoot with the aperture wide open (in this case f/2.8) and still get a good "depth of field." It's sort of counterintuitive, since we usually think about shooting landscapes at f/14 or higher for sharpness in the foreground and distance; but it's really not necessary from so far away...there really is no foreground.

    And one benefit of shooting wide open is that most of the dirty spots or scratches on the window disappear, as they are completely out of focus. This also allows you to shoot fairly fast (in this case 1/1000 of a second), to freeze the ground passing by underneath. The only thing that shooting wide open won't cure is any optical distortion or grease/humidity smudging on the windows.

    I exposed this one for the horizon, and the foreground was pretty dark out of camera, but I was able to convert a second version of the same RAW file with the exposure brightened considerably to get the snow in the foreground bright enough to be believable. RAW is amazing, for sure. And the D700 sensor sure helps.

  6. BadGunman 51 months ago | reply

    Nice shot...

  7. cpham_ 51 months ago | reply

    So wonderful Jeff . a quilt blanket of snow :)

  8. Light Play 51 months ago | reply

    beautiful aerial view!

  9. tobey308 51 months ago | reply

    cool shot Jeff.. the sun rays look like a huge laser beam!

  10. *sido* 51 months ago | reply

    Oh yes, a very nice one, Jeff!
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  11. piratefan308 51 months ago | reply

    Love this shot! The colors are spectacular and I love the composition!

  12. Carol Bailey White 51 months ago | reply

    Stunningly beautiful!

  13. Dalla* 51 months ago | reply

    Great one. There is something so calming about viewing cities and farmland from the airplane.

  14. sparth 51 months ago | reply

    damn. you were there at the right moment, it seems.
    it's 100% successful, jeff.

  15. Nancy Rose 51 months ago | reply

    love that color over the blu and white ground...awesome scene

  16. John F Hark 51 months ago | reply

    Awesome out the window shot. The Sun rays really cooperated!

  17. catklein 51 months ago | reply

    Thank you for sharing your travels with us...

  18. Camilla Felgate 49 months ago | reply

    wow what a stunning view.

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