Cityscapes by Plane

Arts & Culture
Christine Huang
  • 29 january 2009

We love this video from Jame Leng. During Leng’s airplane trip from  SF from Amsterdam, he took photos out of his window with his Nikon D300 in interval shooting mode to capture the beautiful changing skylines and colors he flew over. He explains his inspiration and process:

I noticed that the lights from cities were making the clouds glow. Really spectacular and ethereal – it was really seeing the impact of urban environments from a different perspective…

Luckily the flight was half empty, so I was able to set up an improvised stabilizer mound made up of my bags, pillows, and blankets for my camera to sit on.

We were around the midwest at the beginning of the clip, and there were fewer cities once we hit the rockies. the bridge at the end is the san mateo bridge.

Technique: 1600iso; beginning – 1 (30sec) exposure / 45secs, end – 1 (4sec) exposure / 10 secs; total elapsed time: around 3 hours?

The result is mesmerizing. Watch it and let it change how you think about your next plane trip:

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