Last week I took a trip to California. I was on a 7am flight from Austin connecting in Dallas-Fort Worth to another flight out to Sacramento. I was sitting in an aisle seat on a 737, a bit sleepy and getting ready to catch a few winks on my flight out to the coast. I was one of the early ones to board and the others in my row still had not arrived. The window shades of the plane were pulled down and the interior was lit with the dull yellow – green fluorescent mood lights. On a whim, I reached across 2 chairs and pulled up the plastic window shade. To my surprise, I saw the most glorious sunrise out the right side of the plane. Th sun the rising behind the terminal building and the cloud configuration was perfect to scatter the light and adds some interest to the sky. The rich color also reflected off the silvery wing and in the distance there were several more American Airlines’ planes ready to make their journey to distant hubs.
I quickly took out my Olympus E-P3 with the attached Panasonic Lumix 14mm lens. I was traveling light this time and only brought one camera and one lens. However, I always keep the camera handy, ready to use at a moments notice. I like taking architecture photos and the airports are one the best places in the United States to capture some decent modern interiors. I would have never guessed that I would be treated to such a wonderful sunrise. I quickly took several images, changing the composition and settings between the frames. I had only a few minutes until my fellow passengers would block my access to this spectacular scene.
Sometimes it pays to look around; lift the covered shades and observe the environment. Try to have your nice camera with you because you never know when you will be treated to a spectacle. Sure, a camera phone is better than nothing but it’s not going to capture this scene with this much quality. That’s why I like the mirrorless cameras so much like the Olympus E-P3. They are small enough to bring anywhere but have the image quality without compromise. Sure, I could have taken this with a DSLR, but would I have brought it with me on this trip? Maybe not. How many of you who have DSLRs bring them with you on short trips? Especially these days when carry-on luggage space is at a premium. Yes, I use my small, mirrorless cameras all the time, but these are the times this kind of camera truly excels. So pack lightly, take a high-quality, small camera and travel often. Oh and remember to pull up the shades just to make sure, because you never know.
I took this photograph with my Olympus E-P3 with the Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.5. Please make sure to click on a photograph to see a larger image and hover over the photo to see the exposure details.
See more images taken with the Olympus E-P3 at mostlyfotos, my one photograph per day photo blog.