“The World Below” Collection

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  • Mountain's Majesty

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    They might not be purple...but they are majestic, aren't they? I am not quite sure what mountains these are, since there are so many mountains in Oregon, but my money is on Mt. Jefferson for the big mountain in the foreground. As for the ones in the background? ...I'm not sure. This sight, however, was the first part of Oregon that greeted me on the flight in, and it was just the most amazing sight; I have seen plenty of neat things from out the window of an airplane, but this was simply *breathtaking*. It was a prelude of what was to come, really!

  • On Approach

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    I love flying. There's just something about the sensation of floating above it all, coupled with the sheer VISUALS found when in the sky, that absolutely tantalizes me...and just recently I had the good fortune of being in an airplane, on approach to Orlando International Airport, in Florida. This is what I saw out my window just moments before we touched down on the ground; a dazzling array of clouds and geography that had me taking pictures like a madman, hoping at least one of them would turn out representative of the beauty I saw that day. Fortunately, one of them did!

  • Serpentine Coast

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    One of the mildly frustrating things about flying, at least when flying in a commercial airliner, is the lack of information on what exactly that beautiful landscape is out your window. I see so many wonderful sights...and yet I don't know what it is I'm looking at. It's rare then, that one comes across a geographical feature so striking, that several weeks after the fact I was able to figure out just what it was I was looking at. I charted out our flight path, figuring that there was only a small window of time we spent flying over the Atlantic Ocean...and pinpointed this beautiful river delta to a shore on the Georgia coast. The largest 'river' emptying into the Atlantic? That is Doboy Sound. The closest body of land is Sapelo Island, a wildlife management area...and if you follow along the coast, you will find Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge; contrary to its name, it is a nationally-protected bird habitat. Even without knowing where this is, this is a stunning panoply of natural beauty...and a beautiful example of what water can do to a coastline, given enough time.

  • Tiny Myrtle

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    This is Myrtle Beach, as seen from a helicopter...but with a twist! On display here is a photographic technique called "tilt-shift photography", which is obtained either via detaching the lens from the camera body and tilting it, or by carefully obtaining the effect in post-processing (which is what I did, as actual tilt-shift gear is phenomenally expensive!). The effect, when done from a high vantage point creates the illusion of looking at a photograph of a model or diorama; a collection of tiny things viewed upon with a magnifying glass. This is something I've always wanted to try my hand at, and what better a way to do so than by taking a helicopter tour? The ride itself was exhilarating and fun, too!

  • Windy City

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    In April of 2018, I decided to go on a rare journey with my mother, to a convention she deeply wanted to attend, in Chicago. Considering I've been to Chicago several times in my life, but never with a camera as good as what I've got now, I had for the longest time been wanting to tackle some of the Windy City's fabulous sights...but here, on the 94th floor observation deck of the Hancock Tower, I finally got to see the city in all its sparkling glory at night. It's incredible what a sight something like this is. While walking through the city below, one is struck by how fast everything moves; life seems to sprint ahead as you are expected to move from point to point as expeditiously as possible, so as not to block traffic or miss a shop closing...but from above, everything feels slow and tranquil. The city glistens and twinkles with distant motion...and everything feels detached. This photo is the result of around 15 photographs stitched together, taken from two different sides of the Hancock Tower's observation deck. No tripods were allowed (so this was shot by stabilizing my camera directly against the glass!), and the glare on the windows was incredibly difficult to work around...but I think it turned out wonderfully.