Thursday, May 23, 2013

From The Window Seat

With no expectations or agenda, I literally watched as the world went by and periodically snapped pictures of the mysterious and multifaceted skyscapes from my window seat.
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters Published in Point Of Focus
From The Window Seat

Keep in mind, the best camera (or lens) is the one that's with you, and if you don't have a wide-angle lens, believe me, you can still capture awesome and inspiring images of the sky. Because the horizon is constantly changing with weather and time of day, no two flights are ever alike, which means no two shots from the window seat are ever the same. This adds to the magic and mystery of each shoot.

Where you're seated also changes your perspective. Whether you're over the wing, in the last row or in first class, take advantage of all that can be seen from your seat: looking up, looking down, looking back or looking out. Each view opens up a world of creative potential. And, with that, I leave you with another excerpt from my story:

"There is an intangible quality that comes with expansive space and breathing room. A view itself is not emotional on its own. It's our mind's eye that translates a mere landscape into something that stirs the soul. When my heart wanders amidst an image of an impossibly endless horizon—be it of mountains, seas, or sky, I can't help but believe that anything is possible."

The next time your head is literally in the clouds, I hope you believe it, too.

Ideas For The Window Seat

  • Use the window as a frame within your frame
  • Crop the window out completely
  • Leave only one corner curve of the window in for interest
  • Look for interesting reflections in the window

  • Let the wing fill the frame
  • Include only a hint of the wing
  • Use the wing to divide the frame
  • Look for the sun's glare on the wing

  • Shoot mostly sky
  • Shoot mostly land
  • Keep the horizon line straight
  • Tilt the horizon line
  • Shoot straight down into cloud cover
  • Shoot into the sun
  • Shoot out of focus on purpose

SHUTTER SISTERS is a collaborative photo blog ( and thriving community of women, passionate about photography. Photographer, author, teacher Tracey Clark ( is the founder of Shutter Sisters and the author of Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood (Focal Press).

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