Morning clouds over Los Angeles

Morning clouds

Los Angeles, California.

For the past few years my routine trips to LA to visit my mother have been on United in “economy plus” which gives a bit more legroom. I used to get regular business class upgrades but United started charging both miles and money so I skip them.

I have to have an aisle seat; at my age I can’t make it across without using the restroom at least once. This flight was overbooked and after everyone got settled a gate agent came on board and moved me to a remaining business-class seat which was a window but which I gladly took. While getting up to pee mid-flight involved intricate gymnastics to climb over my deeply sleeping row-mate, I did get to do a bit of shooting out the window which I enjoyed doing in years past and missed.

Taking off from LAX on a 6:00 am flight affords some great morning light. Even though the right wing and engine was in my way I knew the Ricoh GR had enough resolution to afford cropping so all I really had to do was get the metering right so the wing and engine didn’t affect what I wanted from the clouds and make sure the camera didn’t focus on the window.

Small squall, small island


    1. Thanks for looking Edward. The second one would be even better had I not had to crop it so radically to get the wing and engine out of it. I loved that little rain squall and the little island as well.

  1. Great images Richard. I know what you mean about taking the aisle seat. I mostly fly United because of the E+ seating, particularly for the transatlantic route from Manchester UK. I am 1K with them and still don’t get many upgrades!

    1. Stu, wow, I used to be 1K but those days are long over. It’s a good thing I stopped flying for work at about the same time my prostate swelled. Otherwise I’d be up the creek for sure. But I do miss the wi Dow seat and the possibility of images from 39,000 feet.

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