Bird’s eye view: Dallas to Huntsville

17 12 2008

On Friday morning I headed to Sue’s house in Hunstville, Alabama, for a long weekend visit. I’ve gotten in the habit of shooting aerial record shots whenever I travel. (I call them record shots because they’re certainly not prizewinners!). Sometimes I shoot with my little Coolpix; this time I used my Nikon D300. The scenery was spectacular—from winding rivers to checkerboard farmland to snow-covered hills. Beautiful abstracts…quilt-like parcels of green and brown land…the interruption of trees through pastures…curvy, twisty rivers and finger-like land masses jutting out into bodies of water…carefully structured subdivisions with tiny Monopoly houses. Because these images were shot through thick plexiglas, the color is a little off and there is some vignetting happening (I couldn’t very well roll down the window, now could I?). I’m sharing them anyway—they’re a reminder of how diverse our Earth is—and this is just one tiny cross section of our country.

Check out Smashing Magazine‘s “The World From Above: The Beauty of Aerial Photography” by clicking here.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.




6 responses

18 12 2008

Looks like an intricate mosaic. I love taking photos when I’m in an airplane too. Its nice seeing the world from a birds-eye view. Merry Christmas to you.

18 12 2008
CheyAnne Sexton

you are just amazing with all that you do and your photos ‘even thru plexiglass’
are still soooo cool. I love the winding river one, the fourth one.

19 12 2008

Hey CheyAnne,

Thank for the wonderful compliment. You made my day!

20 12 2008

Those are fantastic! Never works for me.
On my recent flight to Miami on AA I touched the window and it fell in my lap.

20 12 2008
Hershel Dyer

I agree with CheyAnne’s comment — I also “. . . love the winding river one, the fourth one.” If (as the Indians and I believe) rivers have souls then this one, with all its tortuous turns and twists and reversals on its journey to the sea must be thinking, “Oh, darn it, at this rate I’ll never get there!” I apologize to anyone who may be offended by my use of the epithet “darn” — in these days of political correctness one cannot be too careful, and my use of that word is meant to emphasize the river’s frustration, not to cast aspersions on the nation’s seamstresses.

I haven’t flown since I became unemployed (retired), but these photos arouse a longing in me to again be in a position from which I can look down on the rest of the world (but not enough to make me schedule a flight). In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that sometimes I look down on the rest of the world from ground level — but that’s another subject.

Don’t ever stop shooting — I appreciate all you’ve taught me about digital photography, and I’m eager to learn the remaining (as in the old Ivory Soap commercials boasting of its purity) the 99 and 44 1/100th percent that I need to know.

More on Ivory Soap’s commercials — they always ended with the exclamation, “. . . and it floats!” This was to let the purchaser know that the soap could easily be found by the bather because it floated instead of sinking to the bottom of the bathtub. It floated because it was filled with air pockets, thus increasing the company’s profits (more air, less soap). So now you know the rest of that story.

23 12 2008

Great photos! Have you seen the “Earth from Above” photo exhibition?

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