Rainbow Seas by Kasia-D

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Part of my series World from Above. Clouds captured flying over the English Channel from a commercial plane. I was about 10,000 metres above sea level. The clouds were below me but above the water.

Tip how to create this in-camera effect if you are flying over water in the right light conditions: Make sure you take a polarisation filter with you and watch out for the right scene below. This doesn’t have to be the sea. I’ve got a few amazing shots over rivers and lakes. This effect is due to the filter combined with the plane’s multiplex glass and depends on the angle of light refracting off the water. Have fun experimenting!

Nikon D70, Sigma 18-200mm. Hama circular polarisation filter. Post-pro – auto levels in PS only.

Featured in From the Cockpit

03.06.2012, 540 views

Born in Scotland, at home in Europe, I am a passionate semi-professional photographer with eclectic tastes who loves to travel and capture images of our beautiful world. Check out my gallery or contact me directly for contract work or customization.
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  • karenbrodie
    karenbrodieabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful, love the colours :))

  • Thank you, Karen. I had fun experimenting with the fliter:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 5 years ago

    How surreal is this Kasia!! Fantastic work! Fave!! :))

  • Vicki, thank you very much!!. I was in need of some colour.

    – Kasia-D

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Habout 5 years ago

    great work!

  • Dinni, thank you – I’m pleased this caught your imagination!

    – Kasia-D

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 5 years ago

    Really very beautiful!!

  • Ellen, thank you. I’m pleased you like this experiment.

    – Kasia-D

  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanabout 5 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • Ann, really pleased you found this and commented. Much appreciated.

    – Kasia-D

  • Steven  Sandner
    Steven Sandnerabout 5 years ago

    Iv seen this before, your guess is correct… i screwed on my pol filter because its so damn light up there… and ended up getting rainbows over everything argh!

  • Steven, do you mean you have seen this shot before? I guess you mean the effect. Yeah, don’t use a polfilter up there, especially with water around unless you want to see rainbows:-)
    This shot was deliberate, as I knew what would happen:-))

    – Kasia-D

  • Steven  Sandner
    Steven Sandnerabout 5 years ago

    Nah, i havent seen it done like this! (its awesome btw!)

    yeah, i took a lot of cloud stock-photography through an airplane window… its only useful in B/W though! i suppose all the layers in the perspex glass make it uber strong, so its good for something!

  • Thank you! The glass is one thing, the light and colours, etc. also change as you go up through the atmosphere. It depends on the angle you take them too. These clouds were shot straight from above as were these ones. From the side angle they look good even spectacular to the eye but don’t often come out well on the camera. If you are interested in aerial shots I have a lot in my portfolio. Ciao, Kasia

    – Kasia-D

  • Tori Snow
    Tori Snowalmost 5 years ago


  • Tori Snow
    Tori Snowalmost 5 years ago

    Mesmerizing…is what I meant to say. Darn laptops have a mund of their own :-)

  • Tori, thank you very much. I’m really pleased you like this! I know what you mean about tpyign:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • BaZZuKa
    BaZZuKaalmost 5 years ago

    Great effect … :))

  • Carlos, thank you very much. I thought it was something a little different:-)) I’m honoured by the feature. Best regards, Kasia

    – Kasia-D

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