I have to assume pilots become jaded by the array of scenes they are privileged to see. What a shame! This picture taken along the western shores of France – the river is the Seudre, just north of the mouth of the Gironde.
The Gateway Arch in St Louis is cooler than most people probably realise. It’s bigger and older than I expected, and far more compelling too. You mostly only see it in silhouette, but all angles give something to contemplate. It reminded me of Brancusi’s Bird in Space, for the feeling of thrust, and it’s feeling of ‘trying to escape’ the ground. Click for the full res photo.
No photoshop, honest! I did tap down the exposure two f-stops by metering on the bottom of the stairs and then shifting up before releasing the shutter. This is one of those times where digital photography loses the magic of the delay, the wondering, did I get the exposure right?
These stairs may be familiar to tourists to Paris… yes they are the first flight of stairs to go up the Eiffel Tower 😉
Here is a picture of the river valley that makes the northern border of Portugal, taken from a promontory near La Guardia in Spain. The lighting was more luck than design, it was just a helluva day! Click the image for a larger version.