Keep Tahoe Blue: Lake Tahoe, California

I don't think I'll ever get over being utterly amazed at the marvel of human flight. Every time I fly, I am stunned that people don't fight over the window seats anymore. I love peering out airplane windows and seeing the clouds from above, and trying to identify landmarks below.


I shot this image of the southern half of Lake Tahoe out of the airplane window on my return flight from Colorado. I tried a polarizer, but it created crazy rainbows through the multi-plexi-window, so that meant one thing... a Holga-like effect was going to ensue. I'm a huge fan of crazy, dirty, funky plastic camera type images. I added a little funk to the image in post-processing, including the vignetting and blown areas, and I kept Tahoe blue.


Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105L @32mm

1/400 second exposure @ F4.5

No filters

Vignette, blown & blue funk in Photoshop

Single exposure at ISO 50

  • Tom Grubbe 5y

    I never heard of the Holga effect. I'll have to look that up. I also feel the same way about the window seat.
  • Mike Shaw 5y

    Cool shot Ivan!! I agree with you on the window seat, I just wish they would make the windows a little higher so you didn't get a stiff neck from looking out it so long!
    Lol, I sound like one of the guys they're talking about in the video!
  • Tyler Derosier 5y

    This turned out amazing. That 5D and Canon L sure take sharp images.
  • Dylan Toh 5y

    what a wonderful view - I'm always peering out but I always have the dslr stowed for some reason!
  • Cedric Guilleminot 5y

    somehow in a bizarre way, I love it Ivan. It is rich, original, well processed, landscape but I think there is something more to it. It is different, evocative of travel, holiday, escape and something all can relate to in some way. Oh, and IT IS FUN!!!
  • Adam Randell 5y

    Cool shot Ivan!! Love the processing mate.
    I flew for the first time in 35 years last year & a window seat it was, what a view!!!
  • Juan Diego Jiménez 5y

    fantastic Holga feel in this pic! :)
  • mm767cap 5y

    That better be a United airplane you are on. :) At least it looks like an A320, so it could have been me giving you the tour. Not a bad office view I have, huh?
  • Todd Tobey 5y

    Great shot Ivan... love the processing.
  • CerenCeren 5y

    wow cool
  • Giacomo Bagnasco 5y

    Grande foto!!!
  • 5y

    A very unique take on this, Ivan. Love the processing...looks like the 50s with that engine.
    Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )
  • Vctr.L 5y

    i just can't believe. your photo is incredible. are you human?
  • Alex George 5y

    This is really Cool interesting proscessing, i like it
  • Hillary Younger 5y

    Funkilicious it is....did Jim invent a new word???? works :~)
  • JaveFoto 5y

    Love Lake Tahoe, going there for the 4th, nice overhead shot here.
  • Ivan Sohrakoff 5y

    Thanks for the comments -I was going out on a limb posting this, but I'm really into nasty vintage looking images...

    Jim Patterson Photography -Thanks Jim. I always appreciate your comments.

    joe defao - I must have miscalculated the birthdate... but I'm glad you have a few more weeks to get some shots!

    TomGrubbe -A Holga is a plastic, medium format camera from the 80's. It leaked light, and gave bizarre effects to otherwise normal shots. You should definitely look them up!

    cedric_g - Fun for sure! Thanks for the comments, Cedric. My colors on this actually reminded me of some of your color palate from Iceland.

    Adam Randell - 35 years?!!! Wow, good thing you got the window seat!

    mm767cap - Definitely not a bad office view! Except, I flew Frontier... sorry 'bout that! Point of difference: they have animals on their wings.

    hillsee - Ha! I think that words must have been invented in the 70's... is Jim that old?!!!
  • Immacolata Giordano 5y

  • PhotoFrancese 5y

    This is really a great shot. Great work.
  • rossart12 3y

    Excellent shot, and fantastic editing job.
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Taken on June 12, 2010
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