Stormy Departure - Sydney Airport, Australia. by Leigh Nelson

Stormy Departure - Sydney Airport, Australia. by 

On my way to a wedding in Melbourne, I took this shot very spare of the moment while boarding said aircraft a few seconds later. Funny thing is that literally as I took the shot a security guard sped over to me in a little golf cart thing and told me off for taking a photo in a secure area! The thing is, having worked in the airline industry on the tarmac for the previous 13 years having taken my own pics and seen countless others take shots without question within the airport, the first picture I take as a passenger and I’m accussed of being a terrorist, haha!

Nikon D90, Sigma 10-20mm, HDR’d in Photomatix with 3 exposures of -2, 0 & +2, quick tidy up in Iphoto.


  • Alexander Kesselaar
    Alexander Kess...almost 6 years ago

    How cool Leigh. Love the Ghosting of the people. Really works for the image.

  • Thanks Alex. I wish the tarmac was more accessible, its a fantastic place to get interesting images, but obviously secruity stops that.

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Meike
    Meikealmost 6 years ago

    Great image and atmosphere…;)

  • Thanks Meike!

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Tash  Menon
    Tash Menonalmost 6 years ago

    love it!

  • Thanks :)

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago

    just fabulous ……….

  • Thanks Scott!

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantalmost 6 years ago

    What a super Dramatic shot this is, great art work all put together.



  • Thanks Malcolm, sometimes the most spare of the moment shots are the best!

    – Leigh Nelson

  • mstinak
    mstinakalmost 6 years ago

    awesome work!

  • Thanks!

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Mazza
    Mazzaalmost 6 years ago

    I agree, would be a top spot for some cool photos. Unfortunately we are all looked at as being suspicious if we carry a camera, unless proven otherwise in this day and age )-: When I was in my 20’s (30 years ago) I asked if I could go see the cockpit and meet the pilot on a flight to Tassie, it wasn’t a problem back then, fat chance that happening ever again for anyone.
    Great photo by the way, looks awesome.

  • Thanks Peter! Very true how things have changed security wise with aircraft and airports and it’s a shame, so many interesting things to photograph. I know what you mean about about the suspicion about cameras, you have to pick your time and place for sure. Anyway your HDR shots are great, quite a few in my favourites.

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Joel Hall
    Joel Hallalmost 6 years ago

    Cool shot, your HDR work is impressive!

  • Thanks Joel :)

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroover 5 years ago

    Nice shot Terrorist!!

  • ;)

    – Leigh Nelson

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...over 5 years ago
    This is superb work !!

  • Thanks Arrowman!

    – Leigh Nelson

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