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Reach Out Of The Plane And Touch That Glacier

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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This shot was taken in August 2008, during a memorable flight over the Kaskawulsh Glacier.

The pilot’s name was Andy Williams, of the Kluane-based Icefields Discovery Flightseeing Tours – and while he was very familiar with the airspace and the peaks, it was an great experience to be sitting behind such an experienced flier.

There was little or no turbulence, which meant I had the chance to work with two cameras, a Pentax K100D with a Sigma 18-125mm lens and a Pentax K200D with my Sigma 70-300mm lens. I reckon the flight was about an hour’s duration and from memory I shot more than 500 images in total, while airborne – which works out to about eight images a minute, or roughly one image every seven seconds!

The weather was fairly clear at the start of the flight, but as we climbed aboved the snow-capped peaks, I could see signs that the conditions would soon be closing in. This meant that the light was really interesting and quite often the snow as seen from one side of the fuselage of the plane was pure white, whereas the snow on the other side had a distinct grey-blue tinge.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F6.7, 1/3000 sec, ISO 200, focal length 58mm.

Featured in FROM THE COCKPIT, April 2010.

Featured in MOUNTAINS ACROSS THE GLOBE, May 2010.

Featured in SKY HIGH, May 2010.

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