Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Things to do on a plane
Down the aisle
Northwest Airlines 757-200, Boston to Detroit, January 2007
When I fly, I'd much rather sit by the window. It allows me to see where we're going, to entertain myself, to avoid being rooked into a two-hour conversation with a photo-wallet-toting grandma. Make no mistake, I think photo-wallet-toting grandmas are sweet. But I don't want them bending my ear for hours on end when all I really want to do is get home.
Yeah, I'm ornery that way. I expect a nasty letter in my mailbox before long. But I digress.
So there I was in the plane on the way home from Boston. I had been mistakenly assigned an aisle seat and was something less than thrilled with Northwest's policy of charging passengers a $15 fee for the privilege of reassigning their own seeats. On principle, I silently told them they could keep their $15 and boarded the plane.
As I sat enjoying the non-existent in-flight entertainment and the occasional bursts of noise from the hyperactive group of 10-year-old boys a few rows up, I eyed my camera bag under the seat and considered my options.
The image above is the result. I got it into my head that long exposures on a plane might be fun to try. You don't want to know how hard it is to pull off a 25-second exposure in the middle of a single-aisle aircraft. In a post-9/11 world, I am now left wondering whether the airline has now flagged my name for future reference. Likely.
Your turn: Obviously, no snakes on a plane this time out. Still, I'd be interested to know what you see in this image. And when I say "see", I mean really see. Look hard and use your imagination.