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Sunset from 37,000'

Sunset from 37,000'
Photo Information
Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-12
Categories: Mood
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Nikkor 10.5mm F2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-27 6:47
Viewed: 2463
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Flying from Cape Town to Dubai approaching Dar at 37,000' and this was how the sunset looked. Always incredible colour up there above the pollution.

Fish-eye for the 'space' effect. No PP.
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A ray of light is enough for a life sometimes, I feel!
A superb moment from a best chosen POV and perfect DOF.

This is a really cool shot indded, DAvid.
Love the contrast and star-like-appearance of Sun at the horizon.
Great details and well caught light and exposure.
Nice work!

Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-07-27 7:15]

Hi David,
That's a great fish-eye capture of the horizon from such a height! Beautiful colors and such a lovely star shape of the sun.
I like this creative presentation.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hi David
great timing and outstanding POV. marvelous view, perfectly captured. an out of space picture. splendid horizon and the sun like a shining star is incredible.

Wow! Spectacular view ... one which most of us will never get to see. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Love the sparkle of the sun just diappearing, and the lovely color on the horizon, and the faintly visible clouds below (am I right?).
Great shot ... I might have cropped up a little higher from the bottom :)

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2012-07-27 8:31]

Hi David!
Absolutely fantastic!! A spectacular view from an unusual POV. Really the colors are incredible.
This picture reminds me of the famous song by louis Amstrong "What a wonderful world" :)
A great work David: congratulations and TFS.
Ciao and nice WE! Vanda

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2012-07-27 9:06]

Creative ! Very nice work on this. TFS Julie

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-07-27 9:50]

Hi David.

Every now and again an image appears that goes one step beyong amazement, it's your turn today. Stunning scene of light arcing across the horizon.....totally blown away by this, High Tariff Image. Enjoy your weekend. tfs

stv ;o))

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2012-07-27 10:09]

Hello David,
At first sight it seems like computer generated image, just like Verbatim(r) has been using for their old floppy disks marketting. However, golden hue on the horrizon is looking interesting. Good use of fish eye lense. Thanks for sharing.
Kind Regards,

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2012-07-29 13:27]

Hi David,
super shot, not many people get a chance for such a view, great use of the fisheye lens to emphasize the curvature of the Earth

  • tribord Gold Star Critiquer [C: 85 W: 91 N: 296] (895)
  • [2012-07-30 8:03]

Bonjour David,

The spqce effect is perfectly rendered with the fisheye. Oh I love this lens!
Amazed also that you did not get any part of the cockpit in the same time. Were you standing in an okward position for that?
The few times I have tried the same thing in a plane, as I was a simple passenger, I could not get the right pic without some frame of the window somewhere...
This picture is a pleasure to the eyes, thanks for that.


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2012-08-08 19:35]

Bonsoir David,

you must admit you have a priviligious POV for this kind of shot. I tried some from my passenger window but not with such a succes. Very nice shot that remind me a shot from the BBC documentaries. Good use of the fish-eye effect, good management of the exposure. Minimalist presentation creat a beautifull outerspace ambiance. Very good picture and TFS.


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-09-25 19:32]

Hi David,
A pretty one from the flight deck. I have tried this from the back windows many a times without much success!

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-10-27 11:57]


Your unique high altitude pilot's POV from the flight deck plus use of a very wide-angle lens has created a very striking composition.
Excellent photography without any PP.


finally... I get to see some more of your images Capt. Man, oh man is this a SHOT!!! Unlike many post-card types of images that many see; this one is much diffrerent 'causen u be at flt lvl 370! Plus the fact you used a 10mili Nikkor! Woderful "built-in" effect w/o all the PS mumbo-jumbo.... just straight shootin' capn'! Bravo... damn wish I would have been a pilot...Real ART Real Machines & Pros that handle those machines like a BOSS!

DM Brown

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