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In the Air

What’s great about travel is that we see all sorts of new things. These new things catch our attention and motivate us to pick up the camera. The challenge for most photographers is not what to do when everything is new, but what to do when everything is tedious and mundane.

Few things are more tedious than air travel. However, as I sat in the airport today, I decided to give myself a little assignment to find and capture interesting moments and scenes in the terminal. I ended up doing a little street style photography where I shot people in the hopes of not being noticed. It made the hour plus long wait to board actually fun.



Once we got into the air, I pointed the camera to the outside. The clouds that made for a rainy, drab day on the ground became a perfect carpet of white fluff balls.

Then the ground began to emerge allowing more texture and contrast to appear.



When the view outside became monotonous, I switched my attention to my confined little space on board the Southwest Airlines 737 in cramped class.


My large neighbor neighbor in the middle seat. He occupied the airspace of four of me.

Nearly three hours after takeoff we prepared to land in Austin.


Even though the flight attendants informed us to put away our electronic devices, I couldn’t resist a few last shots. A minute later, we were on the ground.

Finally, I made it to my home away from home for the next few days. It’s a house on Lake Austin about ten miles outside of town. I’ll post photos of my lake view later. In the meantime, here’s an agave in the backyard.

I’m shooting an assignment here in Austin. Unfortunately, I can’t post any shots from it. It’s gonna be a fun shoot - though a lot of work too. Austin is a great town and there’s a big music festival here so hopefully I’ll have more fun stuff to share.

John

2 Responses to “In the Air”

  1. Teri Says:

    Loved seeing this! I recently flew to Houston and with my travel boredom decided to take a few shots as well. I’m curious how you were able to be so inconspicuous while taking the shots of all the people on the plane.

  2. John Says:

    One thing I love about the iPhone is that everyone has one and walks around with it out in front - usually texting or playing some game. Nobody looks twice at you for carrying one. I just use that to my advantage. I pretend to be sending a text or something. There’s also a certain boldness required. Getting up close in someone’s face can be a little daunting so you just have to be willing to go for it to get the shot.

    Seeing what you can get away with is part of the fun of street photography!

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