The View From Up There

One of my very first digital aerial photos from a flight over Iowa back in 2005. I believe it was taken with a 1.5mp Nikon.

One of my very first digital aerial photos from a flight over Iowa back in 2005. I believe it was taken with a 1.5mp Nikon hence the grain and weird colors.

I recently saw a post on Atlas Obscura by an airline pilot who wrote a book about his job/life (I like the idea of a book-worthy occupation), and in the introduction he displayed window seat photos that were sent in to him by airline passengers. Having taken seemingly countless flights around the world, I too have amassed a large collection of window seat photos since first purchasing a digital camera back in 2004. I’ve always kind of considered these photographs to be a bit of a cliché, but I continue to shoot them anyways because the world looks very beautiful and foreign from way up there. Here is a collection of some of my favorites in chronological order from 2005 until just a few weeks ago. I hope that you enjoy them.

Another shot from above Iowa in 2005.

Another shot from above Iowa in 2005. The colors baffle me a little but I like the photo.

Here is another beautiful cloud bank from our 2008 trip to Jamaica.

Here is a nice sunset from a 2008 trip to Jamaica.

Here we have a lovely view of Manhattan on a flight back from a disaster of an archaeological dig in Kentucky in 2008.

Manhattan in all it New Yorky glory on the way to or from Newark – 2008.

The golden hour from above Iowa back in 2011.

The golden hour high above Iowa back in 2011.

I believe this is Mt. Ranier shot on a flight out of Seattle in 2011. Any idea what the other two peaks are?

I believe this is Mt. Rainier shot on a flight out of Seattle in 2011. Any idea what the other two peaks are?

Some cloudy goodness over Texas in 2012.

Some cloudy goodness over Texas in 2012 with a bonus early evening star.

Some terraced farmland in Iowa near the Loess Hills - 2012.

Some terraced farmland in Iowa near the Loess Hills – 2012.

One of my favorite photos of Iowa from above. These windmills are near Carroll Iowa - 2012.

One of my favorite photos of Iowa from above. These windmills are near Carroll Iowa – 2012.

Our trip to Iceland in 2013 blew our minds on land and in the air.

Our trip to Iceland in 2013 blew our minds on land and in the air.

Greenland is not Green but it is amazing to look at. All those little white bits in the water are huge icebergs - 2013.

Greenland is not Green but it is amazing to look at. All those little white bits in the water are huge icebergs – 2013.

This was the first time I saw a glacier from the air. Greenland - 2013.

This was the first time I saw a glacier from the air. Greenland – 2013.

Lenticular clouds from 35,000 feet. Greenland - 2013.

Lenticular clouds, rainbows, and glaciers from 35,000 feet. Greenland – 2013.

Here is the sprawl of Los Angeles at night on our first leg towards Fiji in 2014.

Here is the sprawl of Los Angeles at night on our first leg towards Fiji in 2014.

Fiji is pretty much the most beautiful country in the world - or at least it was until a huge hurricane punched it in the face a few weeks back - 2014.

Fiji is pretty much the most beautiful country in the world – or at least it was until a huge hurricane punched it in the face a few weeks back – 2014.

Getting the chance to fly in smaller prop-planes is one of the perks of travelling to far flung places. Fiji - 2014.

Getting the chance to fly in smaller prop-planes over crazy beautiful terrain is one of the perks of travelling to far-flung places. Fiji – 2014.

The blue waters of Fiji - 2014.

The blue waters of Fiji – 2014.

This photo was taken on a flight from Dallas to Dubai on the way to China. These mountains may be in Afghanistan or somewhere in that vicinity. 2014

This photo was taken on a flight from Dallas to Dubai on the way to China. These mountains may be in Afghanistan or somewhere in that vicinity – 2014.

The blue waters of Fiji again. This time from the backseat of a wee little single-engine Cessna in 2015.

The blue waters of Fiji again. This time from the backseat of a wee little single-engine Cessna in 2015.

In order to catch our flight out of Fiji in 2015 we had to take an early morning helicopter ride. Blondie was kind enough to let me sit in front.

In order to catch our flight out of Fiji in 2015 we had to take an early morning helicopter ride from the resort. Blondie was kind enough to let me sit in front.

Hong Kong is my favorite city on Earth and on a recent approach in 2015 I managed to get a shot of it on a clear day.

Hong Kong is my favorite city on Earth and on a recent approach in 2015 I managed to get a shot of it on a clear day.

I am not sure which volcano in Japan this is but I bet it made a hell of a mess the last time erupted - 2015.

I am not sure which volcano in Japan this is but I bet it made a hell of a mess the last time it erupted – en route to Narita/Tokyo Airport 2015.

This isn't a stunning shot but it is my most recent window seat photo from the Dalian to Hong Kong leg of our trip to the Maldives - 2016.

This isn’t a stunning shot but it is my most recent window seat photo from the Dalian to Hong Kong leg of our trip to the Maldives – 2016.

I have hundreds more of these photos but one can only stand to look at fluffy clouds and dirty windows for so long. From what I have seen in the last few days compiling and editing these photos is that Air China, Dragon Air, and JetBlue have the dirtiest windows, whereas Emirates and Korean Air are the cleanest. If you want to see more of these types of shots from other photographers click here and here and here.

I have made some behind the scenes upgrades to Afield so I will now be able to post videos and other fancy types of content. Also, I am getting tired of these cold days so next week I am going to post some quality stuff from a very hot trip to Seoul. Come back soon and tell your friends.

 

© Peter Molgaard and Afield Book, 2012-2016. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of photographs and original content without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided that permission is granted and that full and clear credit is given to Peter Molgaard and Afield Book with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. If you would like to use any of the imagery displayed you may send your requests to molgaardpmo@gmail.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s