I won a one hour pleasure flight...

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...in a Piper Arrow light aircraft.

Well...actually...my son won it and it was for two people.

Here are some pictures from the flight. All were taken with the D70 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 from an uncomfortable position and through a plastic window; all required extensive Photoshop work.

The A1 motorway winds its way north/south...

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Knaresborough, North Yorkshire...

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The Washburn Valley, whose reservoirs provide water for Leeds and Bradford...

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Otley, West Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales...

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The Humber Bridge...

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Where we could have gone, given time and fuel...

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Clive, I visited England about 10 years ago and your shots make me want to go back soon. I went to London, Leigh-on-Sea, visited Oxford, as well as Stonehenge and many other interesting places. I wasn't as fortuante as you to be able to see if from the air though....i'm so very jealous! Great pictures you took!
 
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DavidM said:
You must have done a wonderful job with PS -- you can't really see any direct evidence of the window at all!
Thanks, David.

The PS work consisted of...

Crop - usually to 12in x 8in @ 240ppi = 2880 x 1920 pixels

USM (50,100,0) - at least two passes, sometimes three and sometimes with the third faded to around 50%. It's usual practice to run USM as the last job before saving, but I used it first because it "lifted" the haze caused by the plastic window.

Levels - pulled both ends of the histogram towards the middle.
 
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Leigh said:
Great pictures you took!
Thanks, Leigh.

I hope you get the chance to re-visit soon and see some of the dramatic scenery in the north of the country.

We also have other advantages over the south up here...

breathable air; polite, friendly people, cold beer and Rugby League!

:lol:
 
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We also have other advantages over the south up here...
You missed out the main one - which is that you're a lot closer to Scotland of course :lol:

You've done well with the processing, I've taken a few shots from planes and it's always a major pain trying to get rid of reflections and window haze.

Well done ! - and you got some reasonable weather too :)
 
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