18 Aug Pic(k) of the week 33: EMIRATES TRIPTYCH

Source: Bjorn Moerman

As a Pilot-Photographer, I’m always on the lookout for interesting aircraft photo compositions. I’ve envisioned an image of an airliner positioned on top of a minaret, all shot in camera, for quite a while now. Although I’ve come close in the past, I never really fully achieved what I had in mind. 

Finding the right place to do so, has been quite challenging. Somehow, the right angle and position are often somewhere in the middle of a road!

The other day I bumped into a mosque that was well positioned and which allowed me to shoot from a nice open space. In the hour just before sunset, there are quite a few different aircraft arrivals making it a good time to give it a try. The intent was to make a triptych of three different types. 

The images were all shot handheld using High Speed Continuous (CH). Typically aircraft landing on the same runway fly a precision approach in which the altitude when crossing  certain point (the top of the mosque here), is pretty much within a few meters. 

Below we can see from left to right; the Boeing 777-200 F (Cargo aircraft), Airbus A380 (World largest passenger plane) and the Boeing B777-300ER. Three great airliners in their own right. As a pilot and passenger, I personally prefer the Airbus A380, but then I’m biassed as this is the airliner I fly for a living! 

Image details:

Fujifilm X-T3 with XF50-140 f2.8 lens ISO 3200, f10, varying shutter

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