Snowflakes Viewed From The Sky

In a darkening sky thick with snow, I sent the HD plane up for a view just before 5:30 pm in what may be one of our last heavy snowstorms of the season.  The transmitter was covered with snow and ice as the plane went up to capture this image, which must be rare if even unseen in aerial photography: individual snowflakes frozen in space at this altitude and low light, in conditions risky for manned aircraft to fly. The aircraft needed to be nearly stationary in the sky at the moment to get this shot.

Film: Flight Flash Year In Photos 2010

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Prairie Haze

Photographing a farm this afternoon south of Balaton, the morning haze fought it’s way back into the sky presenting some pretty unusual conditions for flight. The plane was more than once swallowed up by very low clouds, prompting an immediate descent and the need to fly unusually low to get a good picture. The sky was not dark at all during the flight, but the exposure in this photo is stopped down since the camera is aiming into the sun.

Prairie Sunset Over Balaton, Mn

Balaton, Mn is a small farming town about 20 miles West of Walnut Grove. Driving through the afternoon in beautiful sunny skies, I hoped I would arrive with enough daylight left to fly. A distant patch of clouds was also beginning to blot out the sun as temperatures dropped to about 10 degrees with a light westerly wind. With only minutes of daylight to spare I arrived and chose Lake Yankton and it’s scattering of fish houses as my runway. By that time the low rays of the sun were beginning to break through the clouds to form a spectacular winter sunset.

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