January 2009


Travel by Night

Found via The Guardian.  The photographer notes on his Flickr Page:

On my night time flight back to SF from Amsterdam, I noticed that the lights from cities were making the clouds glow. Really spectacular and ethereal – it was really seeing the impact of urban environments from a different perspective. Each glow or squiggle represents one town or city!

Luckily the flight was half empty, so I was able to set up an improvised stabilizer mound made up of my bags, pillows, and blankets for my camera to sit on.

We were around the midwest at the beginning of the clip, and there were fewer cities once we hit the rockies. the bridge at the end is the san mateo bridge.

6 comments to Travel by Night

  • I like to call the bridge at the end my preferred crossing into San Francisco, but I couldn’t get onto it yesterday. *shrugs* Traffic was backed up for 10 miles behind it, so I went to the next bridge to the north.

    Still, that’s a cool video. Thanks for sharing.

  • koko

    wow that’s really cool 🙂

  • Very cool, thanks for sharing Adam.

  • Glad y’all liked it!

  • when it is clear it is amazing to see the opposite- not the hot spots but all of the little lights from all of the little porches and all of the little headlights as your eyes try to find a dark spot where nothing resides.

    amazing video.

  • @dave. – the video has gotten an amazing amount of (well deserved) media–some of the comments I’ve seen focus on how the stars don’t move. No matter how it’s viewed, to me, it’s an amazing study of the environment.