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3840x2160 Minimalism Plane Flying Above Mountai...

By chance, a commercial jet flying near Portland International Airport moved into frame and appeared to fly directly above the summit. I continued to photograph despite the airplane, Mount Hood and rising full moon no longer aligning with each other. In the end, I was much happier with the first image where all elements were aligned as planned.

3840x2160 Minimalism Plane Flying Above Mountai...

On the night of Oct. 19, 1984, Erik Vogel was uneasy about flying. It was snowing; his plane's de-icer and autopilot weren't working; and his co-pilot had been bumped to fit one more passenger on his 10-seater. But the young pilot was behind schedule and he felt like his job was on the line, so he took off, as he did most days, shuttling between the remote communities that dot the Canadian wilderness.

Let's face it. Airplane meals are nothing like what your mother used to make! Especially if you're flying economy. They're usually far from the healthiest option, let alone tastiest, so your best bet is to pack your own snacks. That way you have options, even if the meal is ok. You might be hungry later, or decide to eat once you wake from a nap.

Sure, some planes will have USB power ports in their seats, but not all of them do, and sometimes they just don't work. If you're flying with an airline for the first time it's best to check ahead whether you can charge your devices in-flight. If they don't have power ports, then you should pack a power bank in your carry-on.

Living in the Age of Airplanes is a 2015 American experimental documentary film narrated by Harrison Ford and written by a team led by producer-director Brian J. Terwilliger. It explores the way commercial aviation has revolutionized transportation and the many ways it affects everyday lives, and it concludes with a positive endorsement of flying. The film's themes include connections and perspectives, using several cinematographic styles to convey its message.

The final chapter, "Perspective", laments flying has become ordinary and has lost its joyousness, becoming frustrating. According to the film, however, "every era is a golden age, it's just a matter of perspective", using aviation as philosophy to endorse the appreciation of the present day and asking audiences to imagine a world without aviation. It then says no virtual technology can replace aviation's ability to bring people physically close. After saying "the most meaningful [place one could go with airplanes] is home", the film ends with scenes of landed passengers embracing their waiting loved ones.

The crew began filming in Mojave Air and Space Port, the first scene in the film,[12] and continued to the GE Aviation and Airbus factory, where components for an Emirates Airbus A380 were being assembled.[13] A Canon EOS 5D was used for time-lapse sequences, which were photographed by Ben Wiggins, who was of the splinter unit: at times separate from the main crew, and at times would leapfrog each other.[3] In certain scenes, such as those featuring Hunts Mesa, he would have two 5Ds; one acting still and another doing a hyperlapse.[14] Meanwhile, Terwilliger had Doug Allan filming the South Pole scenes for 11 nights in January.[p] Despite his longtime experience of living in Antarctica, Allan had never visited the South Pole until filming for Living in the Age of Airplanes.[9] Helicopters, such as the Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil,[15] were used for aerial shots except for those in Maldives, where a chartered seaplane was used because helicopters are outlawed in that country.[3] Other cinematographers were engaged for aerial and underwater scenes in Australia, Kenya, Maldives, and the United States. Some scenes were filmed in a Qantas Airbus A380 flying a Los Angeles-Sydney route.[16]

Although some shots were planned using flight data from FlightAware,[5] some were impromptu at the cost of the crew staying in the locations for extra days. Impromptu shots include those of airplanes flying above ancient monuments, "juxtaposing the old and the new",[3] and a shot of a Trans Maldivian Airways seaplane nearing a shipwreck, which required the crew to organize with the pilots.[2] At times, the crew would revisit prior filming locations to reshoot. Generally, the crew stayed a few days at each location; they spent 16 days in the Maldives, with poor weather further extending it.[7] Terwilliger considered the entire Maldivian scene the best.[19]

Most reviewers praised the visuals, called "inventive" and "consistent".[78] Luke Hickman of High-Def Digest said the film blurs the line between digital and IMAX, comparing it to Planet Earth (2006). He also noted some shots, such as zooming out from a jet engine and flying across a savannah, appear illusionary and three-dimensional.[24] The film's aesthetics were also compared to the writings in the book The World is Flat (1976).[49] Scheib praised the film for nicely conveying the intended messages of each scene.[83] Thompson said the combination of shots represents a love of aviation.[92] According to Scheck, the visuals play a large role in Living in the Age of Airplanes; without it, Ford's narration would mean nothing.[80] Some said the film's visuals alone are worth paying for.[40][77] Reviewers of the Blu-ray release noted minor color banding during a montage of planes landing at night and tiny aliasing on certain shots but said these are not severe, Hickman calling it "reference quality".[24][76]

The issues [in aviation] are in the news: they are talked about, they do get their screen time. [This film] is meant to take the things we don't think about and put them front-and-center. The advertisement ... is, 'It's a beautiful thing that we're living in the age of airplanes'. It's a celebration of that. It makes no excuses. It's not a propaganda film. It's not a Wright brothers film ... we don't mention any of the milestones of aviation. It's very big, ... 35,000-f[ee]t view of aviation.[T]he tragedy is incalculable, and the loss, for sure. It doesn't change aviation for me, in terms of my love of it, in terms of the message in the film. [I]s it perfect? No. Is there some risk? Yes. Is there more risk in small planes and [private flying than in big planes and commercial flying? Yeah. Those facts haven't changed, and it's very unfortunate, but it doesn't impact my love or enthusiasm at all for it. Ever since I was a kid, I think it's a beautiful thing. 041b061a72


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